BREAKING: OGIER SIGNS FOR CITROEN RACING
5-time WRC champion Sébastien Ogier rejoins Citroën Racing in 2019.
Ogier made his debut in the WRC with Citroën’s ‘Junior team’ in 2009. And won his first WRC rally in a Citroën C4 WRC in 2010. Six rally wins followed for the French partnership. But tension with (then) teammate Sébastien Loeb resulted in a switch to Volkswagen from 2012 onwards. One year of intensive testing followed with Volkswagen's Polo R WRC. The now 34-year-old driver won 4 WRC titles in a row with the German team between 2013 and 2016. Ogier's campaign with Volkswagen stopped unexpectedly when the team from Wolfsburg announced its shock withdrawal from the WRC at the end of 2016. The Frenchman joined M-Sport in 2017, another succesfull season followed for Ogier, as the Frenchman secured his fifth WRC title. Ford’s increasing financial backing meant that M-Sport managed to seal Ogier’s signature for an one-year contract extension in 2018. Today Citroën announced Ogier’s return to their team in 2019.
"I'm really enthusiastic about the prospect of taking on this new challenge with Citroën. In fact, I can't wait, especially as I haven't forgotten that this is the team that first gave me the opportunity to compete in the world championship. There were various factors that influenced my decision. I really like the idea of working again with people with whom things went pretty well a few years back and I'm also excited by the chance to try and pull off the challenge of becoming world champion with a third different manufacturer. And although I'm not taking anything for granted, I am convinced that the car has definite potential and I have great faith in the people at Satory."
Pierre Budar (Citroën Racing Team Principal):
"This excellent news is first and foremost about people embarking on a journey, a human adventure, united by the desire to write a new chapter together in our history. I'm obviously delighted to welcome Sébastien and Julien back into the fold! The fact they are joining us is an incredible boost for the whole team. Everyone is going to be even more motivated than ever. We're already pulling out all the stops to make sure our second stint working together adds to our great history in the sport and showcases the Citroën brand. We feel good!"
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