Citroen has confirmed the signing of Yvan Muller as the second driver for its new World Touring Car Championship programme.
Muller – who could secure the 2013 title in the next round of the season in the USA – has agreed a two-year deal that will see him drive the new C-Elysee next year.
The 43-year-old has won no fewer than 36 races since making his debut in the series with SEAT back in 2006 and has finished on the podium in more than 50 per cent of his 174 races to date.
Muller joins Citroen having already taken the championship title in 2008, 2010 and 2011, and will team up with nine-time WRC title winner Sebastian Loeb in what looks set to be one of the strongest driver line-ups on the grid.
“Throughout its history, be it in cross-country rallies or WRC, Citroen Racing has always sought to recruit the best drivers,” Yves Matton, Managing Director of Citroen Racing, said. “We have set ambitious goals for our new challenge in WTCC, and the arrival of a driver as experienced as Yvan will help us to make rapid progress.
“He has shown this season that he is at the peak of his powers and that his thirst for wins has never been greater. He will also be an excellent point of reference for Sebastien Loeb. The two men are from the same region and have known each other for a long time. Their mutual respect will create a natural cohesion within the team.”
Having previously worked with the likes of Audi, Vauxhall, SEAT and Chevrolet during his touring car career, Muller said he was thrilled to have inked another manufacturer deal for 2014.
“It will be a real honour to represent Citroen Racing from 2014,” he said. “As a rally fan, I have always followed Citroen and Seb's victorious seasons in WRC with interest. It's fantastic that a brand with such a terrific record is getting involved in a category where it still has everything to learn.
“This isn't the first time I have joined a team that doesn't have a lot of experience in the discipline it is racing in. It's nice to be able to go beyond my role as a driver by offering the benefit of my knowledge and making an active contribution to building a successful team.”
Next season won't be the first time Muller has competed behind the wheel of a Citroen, having taken part in the French round of the World Rally Championship in a Xsara WRC back in 2010 for the Petter Solberg World Rally Team.