Citroen Racing announced on Wednesday that they have withdrawn from the FIA World Rally Championship with immediate affect.

In a statement released on Twitter the French manufacturer cited Sebastien Ogier’s decision to leave the team as the reasoning behind their departure from the sport.

Following the decision of @SebOgier to leave Citroën Racing after 2019 World Rally Championship season, @Citroen decided to withdraw from its @OfficialWRC programme in 2020 due to the absence of a first-class driver availabe for 2020 season.

Ogier returned to Citroen Racing for the 2019 season from the M Sport Ford WRC Team however the French team endured a disappointing season ending the year in third in the manufacturers championship on 284 points.

Citroen’s withdrawal from the WRC means that there will just be two works teams in the sport with Hyundai Motorsports and Toyota Gazoo Racing as although M Sport have Ford backing they are a privateer team.

The 2020 FIA World Rally Championship will be launched at Autosport International which takes place from January 9 – 12 at Birmingham’s NEC Arena. For ticket information visit https://www.autosportinternational.com/

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