Loeb to cut back WRC programme

Autosport

Sebastien Loeb will complete a partial programme in the World Rally Championship next season.

The Frenchman announced at the Paris motor show on Thursday that he will compete in the season-opening Monte Carlo Rally, but that he has no fixed plans for the rest of the year.

AUTOSPORT revealed in August that Loeb was considering scaling-back his programme and only competing on his favourite events.

Citroen confirmed that Mikko Hirvonen will do the full season, while another, yet-to-be announced crew will be join the Finn.

"We will be making another announcement in due course about the second crew that will compete in the absence of Seb and Daniel [Elena, co-driver]," said Citroen.

World Rally champion Loeb, who has clinched the last eight titles, said himself and Citroen are considering entering the World Touring Car Championship in the future.

Loeb has been full-time in WRC machinery since 2002. He has won an unprecedented 74 events, all of them with Citroen.

Loeb, 38, is on his way to secure his ninth title in a row, leading team-mate Hirvonen by 61 points with just three rounds left.

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