Loeb closer to WRC return on Monte Carlo

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The chances of a Sebastien Loeb entry on next season’s Monte Carlo Rally look to be growing after Citroen team principal Yves Matton admitted there would be ‘huge’ interest in such a move.

Matton admitted the season opener would potentially offer Loeb his best chance of a result in a C3 WRC, given his vast experience of the event and the changeable conditions which typify rallying in the French Alps in January. 

“Monte could be great,” said Matton, “it’s the one rally where you could make a good result without so much mileage. It’s a lot about the feeling, the tyre choice, understanding the weather – these things make a difference on this rally. But the timing is tight [to get back from Dakar] and we have to see how Sebastien is physically after driving for so many miles on Dakar.”

Matton admitted that, while Loeb would only be motivated to drive if he was competitive, winning wouldn’t have to be the ultimate aim.

“It’s clear that, if he joins us for next year, it’s for a few events,” said Matton. “If that’s one rally, two or three, it doesn’t matter. If he’s back for Citroen, it’s a huge interest and a huge return for Citroen and if he does win then that could bring us a lot of benefit, but I don’t think we need to focus on the win – we need to see will he be at the right level to be on the podium.”

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