Citroen aims for asphalt in 2001

Citroen looks set to stick with what it knows best - asphalt - as it takes its first tentative steps towards full world championship competition in 2001

Citroen aims for asphalt in 2001

The French manufacturer has yet to confirm its plans for next season, but autosport.com understands that it will enter just four WRC events, and only one of those will be on gravel.

Citroen's Xsara T4 dominated the French championship this year, and it won its sole outing on gravel to date as well. Next year, sources indicate that the car will be seen in Portugal (the only loose-surface event), Catalunya, Corsica and Sanremo. Citroen is taking the Xsara to Kenya for some Safari testing as well, and it could also enter the car on a gravel round of the European championship later in the season.

No drivers have been confirmed for Citroen's 2001 campaign, although Bruno Thiry's signing for Skoda removes the Belgian (who drove a Xsara in the European championship this year) from the shortlist. Names like Philippe Bugalski, Jesus Puras and Thomas Radstrom are all in contention, but the mainly asphalt programme is unlikely to boost the rapid Swede's chances.

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