Sebastien Loeb's eponymous race team will enter a pair of Citroen C-Elysees in the 2015 World Touring Car Championship as the manufacturer confirmed an otherwise unchanged factory driver line-up.

The World Rally legend made the full-time switch to circuit racing in 2014 by joining Citroen for its maiden foray into the WTCC alongside Yvan Muller and Jose Maria Lopez. The firm has gone on to dominate in 2014, winning all but five races this season, while Lopez wrapped up the drivers' title in Japan.

With the trio set to round out the year with 1-2-3 in the standings, Citroen has confirmed Lopez, Muller and Loeb will all remain on board in its three driver line-up.

In addition, Citroen will increase its presence by supplying two more cars to a satellite team run by Sebastien Loeb Racing. The outfit, created by Loeb, has competed in GT and sportscar racing, but will move into WTCC next year with two as-yet-unannounced drivers.

"Since it was created, SLR has amassed real know-how at international circuits, in both GT and sports prototype racing. The FIA WTCC marks a new stage in the team's development," said Loeb. "I didn't have to think for very long when the opportunity presented itself for the 2015 season. Since the new TC1s were introduced, the championship has been attracting more and more interest, and it's great for S?bastien Loeb Racing to be involved."

"Entrusting the two private Citro?n C-Elys?e WTCCs to SLR was an obvious choice," added Citroen team principal Yves Matton. "The two cars will be good-as-new reconditioned 2014 chassis, complete with all the developments we introduce next season.

In addition, Citroen says it is working on a deal to ensure Chinese driver Ma Qing Hua - who has competed in a handful of rounds and won a race in Russia - remains involved.

"It's now up to the team to finalise its agreements as far as its drivers are concerned, but we are all working together to make it possible for Ma Qing Hua to continue his FIA WTCC career with Citro?n. His performances have shown that he deserves the chance to race a full season in 2015."



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