Rallying: Citroen leaves world championship as Ogier exits

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(Information) – Citroen is leaving the world rally championship with quick impact after six-times world champion Sebastien Ogier introduced his departure from the workforce, the French producer stated on Wednesday.

Citroen Racing stated it had made the choice “because of the absence of a first-class driver out there for (the) 2020 season.”

The motorsport.com web site stated Ogier was anticipated to be introduced as a Toyota driver on Monday.

Toyota’s Estonian Ott Tanak gained the driving force’s title in Spain final month, ending Ogier’s six yr reign, however introduced 4 days later that he was becoming a member of Hyundai for 2020.

Hyundai secured the producers’ crown when this month’s season-ending Australian race was known as off because of the risk of bushfires.

“Our determination to withdraw from WRC program as early as finish of 2019 follows on Sebastien Ogier’s selection to go away Citroen Racing,” stated Citroen CEO Linda Jackson.

“We clearly haven’t wished this case however we couldn’t think about 2020 season with out Sebastien.”

Reporting by Alan Baldwin in London, enhancing by Christian Radnedge