World Rally Championship: 2017 Citroen C3 WRC Breaks Cover In Abu Dhabi

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Citroen has unveiled its 2017 World Rally Championship challenger, the C3 WRC rally car in an event held in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

After a break of one year from the championship, the French squad will make its return to the WRC in 2017. The C3 WRC replaces the DS3 WRC which garnered many victories in the top level of rallying.

Kris Meeke, Craig Breen and Stephane Lefebvre will be driving the C3 WRC in the 2017 season. The C3 WRC will compete against the likes of Hyundai, M-Sport and Toyota.

With the return to the WRC, the French car manufacturer has terminated its successful WTCC program. After winning three titles from 2014 to 2016 Citroen is committed to a fresh WRC assault.

Citroen team boss Yves Matton said, "In 2017 we want to win rallies in normal conditions, by beating our competitors. And then in 2018, our goal is to bring home at least one of the world titles."

The C3 WRC will make its debut in Monte Carlo next month. The new machine will be under significant pressure to perform well as its predecessors, the Xsara WRC, C4 WRC and DS3 WRC.

Matton further said, "To meet our first goal, which is to win rallies in normal racing conditions in 2017, we already had Kris under contract. For the other crews, we could either go for an experienced driver with established pace, who might challenge Kris for the role of team leader."

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