Loeb rallies to Goodwood appearance

Multiple WRC champion turned WTCC frontrunner Sebastien Loeb will be tempted back into a Citroen DS3 WRC at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Citroën has confirmed that nine-time World Rally Champion Sébastien Loeb will make a run up the now famous hillclimb at the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The Frenchman, who swapped the WRC for a new challenge in the World Touring Car Championship this season, will be make a one-off return to the cockpit of a DS3 WRC, combining his hillclimb run with appearances on the equally-popular Forest Rally Stage at the 28-29 June event.

Loeb's presence underpins the 'Addicted to Winning – The Unbeatable Champions of Motor Sport' theme of the 2014 Festival, and his partnership with the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team's mighty 300bhp machine is set to be one of the highlights of this year's event.

“It's very exciting for all of us at Goodwood to be welcoming Sébastien Loeb back to the Festival of Speed,” event patron Lord March commented, “More than anyone, he epitomises our theme for the 2014 event.”

Having claimed his first championship title in 2004, at the wheel of the Citroën Xsara WRC, Loeb 'retired' with 78 rally victories to his name and, in ten seasons at the top of the sport, clinched a record nine drivers' titles with the French marque.

Despite calling time on his WRC career, however, Loeb shows no sign of shying away from his addiction to winning, making the switch to the WTCC and carrying on finding the top step of the podium despite being paired with four-time series champion Yvan Muller and Argentine touring car hotshot José Maria López.

While Loeb entertains in his former WRC machine, his C-Elysée WTCC car will be on display at the Festival. Having been unveiled in full race trim at last year's Frankfurt Motor Show - complete with flared wheel arches, a huge front splitter and an eye-catching rear wing - the C-Elysée has already established itself as a formidable competitor, with all three drivers at the top of the 2014 standings.

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Sebastien Loeb - Citroen Racing C-Elysee [credit: FIA WTCC]
Sebastien Loeb (FRA) Daniel Elena (MON), Citroën DS3 WRC, Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Sebastien Loeb - Citroen Racing C-Elysee [credit: FIA WTCC]
Nestor Girolami, Polestar Cyan Racing Volvo, WTCC [Credit: WTCC]
Tom Chilton, Sebastien Loeb Racing Citroen [Credit: XPB]
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Gabriele Tarquini, Lada, Moscow [Credit: WTCC media]
Nicky Catsburg, Lada, WTCC [Credit: WTCC media]
Nicky Catsburg, Lada, WTCC [Credit: WTCC media]
Jose Maria Lopez, Citroen, [Credit: WTCC media]
Jose Maria Lopez - Citroen Racing [credit: Florent Gooden / DPP]
Jose Maria Lopez, Citroen, [Credit: WTCC media]
Rob Huff - Castrol Honda Civic
Rob Huff - Castrol Honda Civic
Tom Coronel - ROAL Chevrolet Cruze
Rob Huff - Castrol Honda Civic [credit: FIA WTCC Media]
Rob Huff - Castrol Honda Civic [credit: FIA WTCC Media]
Yvan Muller - Citroen Racing [credit: FIA WTCC Media]

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