Loeb extends stay with Citroen

Citroen has signed up rally ace Sebastien Loeb for two more years, ending speculation about his possible retirement at the end of this season.

The seven time World Rally champion has decided to continue with the team that he has been with for a decade.

His debut victory came with Citroen in 2002, his first year as a World Rally Championship (WRC) driver.

The 37-year-old Frenchman claimed his first title in 2004 and has gone on to add a record six more since.

Loeb said he expects to face tougher challenge from competitors over the coming seasons as more manufacturers take up the WRC challenge

He said the starting order rule changes that take effect in 2012 will mean "all the drivers will be fighting on a level playing field.

"To take the fight to them I'm putting my trust in Citroen, a team I know inside out and the DS3 WRC, the car that I helped [develop] with Citroen Racing."

Citroen general manager Frederic Banzet said: "We're proud of his loyalty to Citroen and of the fact that he's continuing with his career with the team that's supported him since his debut."

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