In a thrilling update from the world of rally racing, Citroën Racing, in partnership with DG Sport, is set to make a bold statement in the upcoming FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) season. The team has announced a dynamic duo to lead their official WRC programme, bringing a mix of experience and youthful energy to the fore.
Yohan Rossel, a seasoned champion with Citroën, is all set to embark on his sixth consecutive season with the brand. The 28-year-old French driver, who secured the WRC3 title in 2021 and notched impressive victories in Monte-Carlo and Croatia this year, is a testament to Citroën Racing's commitment to nurturing talent. Rossel's loyalty to Citroën is unshakable, and his dedication is mirrored by the Stellantis Group's faith in his abilities.
“I feel incredibly proud of the trust Stellantis Group has in me," Rossel stated. "With a decade of driving their cars, our mutual respect and loyalty make continuing with Citroën a natural choice."
Joining Rossel in this ambitious journey is Nikolay Gryazin, the 26-year-old rising star who is transitioning to the Citroën C3 after recent stints with a Škoda Fabia. Gryazin, who finished as the runner-up in this year’s WRC2 Challenger Championship, is eager to start this new chapter with Citroën Racing.
“Joining the #C3Rally2Family opens a new exciting chapter in my career," Gryazin shared. "I'm eager to see how the season unfolds, especially after testing the car on Tarmac and gravel."
Their synergies promise an intense and strategic approach to the 2024 season, with Rossel emphasizing the importance of Gryazin's role in developing the car across various terrains.
Didier Clement, Stellantis Motorsport Customer Racing Sporting Director, expressed his enthusiasm about this powerful collaboration. "With Gryazin’s talents and Rossel’s remarkable journey, we're poised for an exceptional year in the WRC2 championship," he remarked.
As the duo prepares for their immediate challenge at the Rallye du Devoluy in France, they set their sights on the much-anticipated Rallye Monte-Carlo. This partnership between Citroën Racing and DG Sport, harnessing the strengths of Rossel and Gryazin, is a move that could redefine success in the WRC2 arena.
Excerpt: "Citroën Racing's collaboration with DG Sport brings a dynamic duo to WRC2, blending experience and innovation. Yohan Rossel and Nikolay Gryazin are gearing up for the Rallye Monte-Carlo, symbolizing a new era of excellence in rally racing."