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Citroën World Rally Team
Full name Citroën Total World Rally Team
Base Versailles, France
Team principal(s) Olivier Quesnel[1]
Technical director Xavier Mestelan-Pinon[1]
Drivers Sébastien Loeb
Dani Sordo[1]
Co-drivers Daniel Elena
Marc Marti[1]
Chassis Citroën C4[1]
Tyres Pirelli
World Rally Championship career
Debut 2001[1]
Constructors' Championships 5 (2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009)[1]
Drivers' Championships 5 (2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009)[1]
Rally wins 60[1]


The Citroën Total World Rally Team is the Citroën factory backed entry into the World Rally Championship, run by Citroën Sport.

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History

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1989

Team formed.[1]

1990-2000

Assorted campaigns on the French Rally Championship together with assisting privateer entries into World Rally Championship events.[1] Early cars included the Citroën AX.[2][3][4] Citroen Spain entered a Citroën ZX based WRC kit car into the 1995 Rally Catalunya, driven by Jesus Puras.[5]

2001

In 2001, the Citroën Xsara T4 WRC debuted.[1] Jesus Puras wins in Corsica.[1]

The team also dominated in the JWRC with the Citroën Saxo.[6]

2002

For the 2002 season, Citroën contested 8 of the 14 Championship rounds.[1] The season saw driver Sébastien Loeb and co-driver Daniel Elena win the Monte Carlo Rally, only to receive a technical penalty at the finish, giving him second. He later won at the ADAC Rallye Deutschland.[1] The team also got a third place finish on the Safari Rally with Thomas Radstrom.[1]

2003

For 2003, Citroen entered their first full year in the World Rally Championship, taking the first event, Rallye Monte Carlo, with a 1-2-3 finish.[1] Loeb won, Colin McRae took second and Carlos Sainz placed third.[1] Loeb also won the Rallye Deutschland and Rallye Sanremo. Sainz won the Rally of Turkey. In their first full year, the team took the Manufacturers' championship.[1]

Citroën Xsara WRC at the 2004 Cyprus Rally

2004

Drivers for 2004 were Loeb and Sainz. Loeb won the Monte Carlo Rally, the Swedish Rally, the Cyprus Rally, the Rally of Turkey, Rallye Deutschland and Rally Australia.[1] Sainz won at Rally Argentina. Loeb won his first Drivers' championship.[1] The team took the Manufacturers' championship.[1]

The team expanded their efforts to the JWRC with the Citroën C2.

Citroën Xsara WRC at the 2005 Cyprus Rally

2005

For the 2005 season, the primary drivers were Loeb and Francois Duval.[1] In Turkey and Greece, Carlos Sainz replaced Duval.[1] Loeb won the Monte Carlo Rally, Rally New Zealand, Rally Italia Sardinia, Rally Cyprus, the Rally of Turkey, the Acropolis Rally, Rally Argentina, Rallye Deutschland, Rallye de France, and Rally Catalunya on his way to win the Drivers' Championship.[1] Duval took his debut win at the Rally Australia.[1] Citroën took the Manufacturers' championship.[1]

Citroën Xsara WRC at the 2006 Rally Australia

2006

Citroën took a one year sabbatical, while developing a new rally car. Loeb was joined by Xavier Pons and third-driver Dani Sordo at the semi-privateer Kronos Citroën World Rally Team, which received significant support from Citroën Sport for their Xsara rally cars.[1] Sordo was soon promoted to second driver, over Pons. Loeb again won the Drivers' title, despite missing events in Turkey, Australia, New Zealand and Great Britain, after breaking his arm in a mountain biking accident.[1]

2007

For the 2007 season, Citroën officially re-entered the World Rally Championship with the all new C4 WRC, driven by Loeb and Sordo.[1] Loeb dueled with Ford's Marcus Grönholm throughout the year, only securing his record tying fourth straight Drivers' title at the final event, the Rally GB.[7] Loeb won in Monte Carlo, Mexico, Portugal, Argentina, Germany, Spain, France and Ireland.[1] Sordo ended the season in 4th place. At the end of the season, Guy Fréquelin retired as Team Principal, replaced by Olivier Quesnel.[1]

2008

Loeb and Sordo continued as the team's drivers.[1] At the 2008 Monte Carlo Rally, Loeb won.[8] Sordo suffered from engine trouble, and was forced to retire.[8]

The season culminated in the team winning both the drivers' (Loeb) and manufacturers' titles ahead of, respectively, Mikko Hirvonen and Ford. In a typically dominant year after the retirement of Grönholm, Loeb's eleven wins for the season, including a last-day success at the season-ending Wales Rally GB over erstwhile leader, Jari-Matti Latvala's Ford Focus, broke his existing 2005 record (10) for the greatest number of wins for one driver in an individual season, as well as bringing his own career total of WRC rally victories to 47. A still winless Sordo, with 65 points, nonetheless accomplished third in the drivers' standings.

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