Privateer Citroën outfit Sébastien Loeb Racing has confirmed that Grégoire Demoustier will join its driving line-up for the 2016 season of the FIA World Touring Car Championship.

The 24-year-old Franco-Belgian will partner Moroccan race-winner Mehdi Bennani in one of the team’s Citroën C-Elysée WTCC machines. Bennani finished runner-up in the 2015 Yokohama Trophy standings for non-manufacturer-backed drivers.

A former race-winner in GT racing, Demoustier has just completed his maiden season in the WTCC with the Craft Bamboo team, claiming four points’ finishes in the team’s RML Chevrolet Cruze TC1. He claimed one Independent class podium and finished 20th overall in the Drivers’ Championship standings.

While his results might not be that impressive on paper, Demoustier earned credit for his steady and consistent driving in unfamiliar machinery in his first year of touring car racing.

“I am happy to join Sébastien Loeb Racing, which, above all, has shown how it can make use of the Citroen C-Elysée,” Demoustier said of his appointment.

“Mehdi Bennani has had an excellent season and there are no secrets at this level. I have learnt a lot during my first season, and my objectives will be different next year.

“My ambition will be greater and I hope to get some strong results in the independents’ class. I am really excited to drive the C-Elysée.”

Despite the departure of SLR owner Sébastien Loeb from the factory Citroën team’s racing line-up, the Loeb has confirmed that his eponymous outfit will remain for at least the 2016 WTCC season.

The team also operated Ma Qing Hua’s factory entry in 2015, and it is expected that the Chinese driver will be retained in an expanded three-car operation in 2016.

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