Breen and Lefebvre to stay with Citroen in 2017
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.