Breen and Le­feb­vre to stay with Citroen in 2017

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Mo­tor­sport News un­der­stands Craig Breen and Stephane Le­feb­vre will re­main as Citroen driv­ers next sea­son. Both driv­ers re­mained tight-lipped on their fu­ture and stead­fastly re­fused to make any com­ment, sources in ri­val teams have con­firmed that both driv­ers are un­der­stood to have signed a con­tract with Citroen for 2017.

Team prin­ci­pal Yves Mat­ton told MN news of who would be join­ing Kris Meeke and Paul Na­gle would be com­mu­ni­cated in the sec­ond half of this month.

“We will make the an­nounce­ment around the time of [Rally of] Spain,” said Mat­ton. “I hope to have ev­ery­thing fi­nalised with the driv­ers in the com­ing week, but it is clear in my mind what I want now.”

Asked to com­ment on spec­u­la­tion that Breen’s deal was done, Mat­ton said: “Ru­mours are not some­thing I can talk about, but it’s strange, when I talk with French and Bel­gian jour­nal­ists, there is a lot of ru­mours that I sign Thierry Neuville, but when I talk with you the ru­mours are about Craig!”

He was, how­ever, full of praise for the Water­ford man, say­ing: “Craig has shown again that he is a driver who is in­ter­est­ing for the fu­ture of the cham­pi­onship and I think Craig is one of the driv­ers who has his place in the cham­pi­onship.”

Citroen will start its cam­paign with two cars in Monte Carlo, with a third car only be­ing added in time for the Rally of Por­tu­gal, round six in May.

In ad­di­tion to a MeekeBreen-le­feb­vre line-up, Khalid Al Qas­simi is also cer­tain to start a se­lected pro­gramme in a C3 WRC.

con­tract with a Legacy in 1993. I’ve not done the event be­fore. Dad’s done the un­timed sec­tion, but when the or­gan­is­ers got in touch with the of­fer of a Legacy and I looked at the en­try list, how could you say no that?”

Rus­sell Brookes in a Vaux­hall Chevette HSR along with plenty of Group B ma­chin­ery head­lines the un­timed sec­tion this time around.

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