Mehdi Bennani has been confirmed that he will be back in the WTCC in 2017. He will be driving his Citroen C-Elysee for Sebastien Loeb Racing for the third year running. He will partner John Filippi and Tom Chilton in a three car Citroen team.
The reigning WTCC Trophy Champion will be looking to retain his crown, while also improving on his fifth place overall. The 33 year old has been a regular fixture on the grid, claiming 9 podiums and 3 race wins. “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 Citroën C-Elysée is and the team knows exactly how to make it perform to its best.” Bennani has already been back in the car, having completed two test days at Nevarra and Monteblanco
Bennani has been one of the top privateer drivers in the series over the past couple of seasons. He will be looking to capture the overall title, as well as the WTCC Trophy. The last time this was done was 2013 when Yvan Muller won his final world title for RML after Chevrolet departed the sport. Will Bennani and Sebastien Loeb Racing be able to repeat this? If it is going to happen, Bennani is in the right place to do so. SLR were constantly knocking on the door of the factory Citroen’s pace, even beating them some times. The real answer should become clear during pre season testing next week at Monza. Bennani’s home race will kick off the 2017 season at the beginning of April.
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