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Bennani sticks with Sebastien Loeb Racing for WTCC 2017

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Bennani sticks with Sebastien Loeb Racing for WTCC 2017
Mar 6, 2017, 12:36 PM

Mehdi Bennani will be back behind the wheel of his Sebastien Loeb Racing Citroen C-Elysee for the 2017 World Touring Car Championship.

Press Conference: Mehdi Bennani, Sébastien Loeb Racing, Citroën C-Elysée WTCC
Mehdi Bennani, Sébastien Loeb Racing, Citroën C-Elysée WTCC
Mehdi Bennani, Sébastien Loeb Racing, Citroën C-Elysée WTCC
Podium: Race winner Mehdi Bennani, Sébastien Loeb Racing, Citroën C-Elysée WTCC; third place José María López, Citroën World Touring Car Team, Citroën C-Elysée WTCC
Mehdi Bennani, Sébastien Loeb Racing, Citroën C-Elysée WTCC
Mehdi Bennani, Sébastien Loeb Racing, Citroën C-Elysée WTCC
Mehdi Bennani, Sébastien Loeb Racing
Mehdi Bennani, Sébastien Loeb Racing, Citroën C-Elysée WTCC

“I am very pleased to continue this collaboration with Sebastien Loeb Racing,” said Bennani.

“To me, stability is an important aspect to prioritise, especially considering how much we’ve learnt together these past two years. We all know how competitive the Citroen C-Elysee is and the team knows exactly how to make it perform to its best.”

The Moroccan finished fifth overall in the drivers’ championship last year, as well as claiming the WTCC Trophy for independent drivers, and hopes to improve for this year.

“I’m starting this new season with yet more confidence than the two previous ones. Of course, we’ll have to wait until the first race to have a true idea of the hierarchy, but I hope we’ll see in our results the improvements drawn from 2015 and 2016,” said Bennani.

Bennani will be teammates with Tom Chilton and John Filippi at Sebastien Loeb Racing this season.

“Mehdi has proven himself to be a key element for our team over these past two years. Keeping him with us was essential.

"He has integrated into the team perfectly, while at the same time gaining greater knowledge and control of his C-Elysee,” said team owner Sebastien Loeb.

“He has the capacities needed to reach podium places even more often this season. We have prepared for this with two test drives in Navarra, as well as in Monteblanco, in Spain.

"I am delighted to conclude that with Mehdi, Tom Chilton and John Filippi our WTCC group is once again looking strong.”

2017 WTCC grid so far:

Team Car Drivers
 Honda JAS Honda Civic

 Tiago Monteiro

 Norbert Michelisz

 Ryo Michigami

 Volvo Polestar Volvo S60

 Thed Bjork

 Nicky Catsburg

 Nestor Girolami

 Sebastien Loeb Racing Citroen C-Elysee

 Tom Chilton

 John Filippi

 Mehdi Bennani

 Munnich Motorsport Citroen C-Elysee  Rob Huff
 Zengo Motorsport Honda Civic  Aurelien Panis

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