Sainz 'doing Citroen a Favour'

Former world champion Carlos Sainz decided to come out of retirement and compete in next month's Rally of Turkey as a favour to Citroen

Sainz 'doing Citroen a Favour'

"This is not a return to the championship. I am only doing it as a favour in Turkey. I took the decision to retire and I don't regret it," Sainz told sports daily on Tuesday.

Citroen, who are second in the constructors' championship nine points behind Peugeot, have asked the 43-year-old Spaniard to replace Belgium's Francois Duval in the June 3-5 race.

"They asked me because I know the car and I have experience while it is important for me to return some of the support they gave me," Sainz added.

"They have a big problem at present as they are very annoyed with Duval. It is an extreme situation, so I am going to race. In the meantime they can search for a driver for the future."

A report in Marca on Monday said Duval had been ousted after falling out with co-driver Stephane Prevot.

Duval retired from his third race of the season at last weekend's Cyprus rally when his car caught fire after hitting a tree. His Citroen teammate Sebastien Loeb won the race and heads the driver's standings by 11 points from 2003 world champion Petter Solberg.

Sainz, who was world champion in 1990 and 1992, retired at the end of last year after competing in a record 194 rallies.

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