Citroen Ready To Mount Full Challenge For 2003 World Rally Championship

Citroen has just revealed details of the three car team that will compete in all 14 rounds of the 2003 World Rally Championship, and the news is that another former world champion, Spaniard Carlos Sainz, has just been signed up to join Colin McRae and rising French superstar, Sebastien Loeb, in the powerful, four wheel drive Citroen Xsara WRC cars.

The Company has also announced that it will be attending the Autosport International Show for the very first time. Taking place at the Birmingham NEC from the 9 to 12 January, the Show is likely to give motorsport enthusiasts their first chance to see the 2003 Xsara WRC cars.

News of the confirmed Citroen line-up for 2003 follows the team’s successful development year in 2002, which saw the Xsara WRC prove its credentials in eight rounds of the WRC, winning in Germany and coming second in Monte Carlo, driven on both occasions by 28-year-old Loeb.

Monte Carlo again opens the rally calendar in just over one month’s time, and now the team has the experience and talent to mount a credible challenge in all 14 events of the 2003 championship.

Colin McRae, who will be co-driven by Derek Ringer, is already the most successful driver in the history of the WRC whilst Carlos Sainz, who will be partnered by experienced Xsara co-driver, Marc Marti, is a two times world champion.

Published 22 December 2002 Melanie Carter

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