The Sébastien Loeb Racing team has confirmed its widely-expected move to a three-car team with the signing of British driver Tom Chilton for the forthcoming 2016 FIA World Touring Car Championship season.

The French privateer outfit will field Chilton alongside Mehdi Bennani – contesting his second season with the team owned by the nine-time World Rally champion Sébastien Loeb – and Franco-Belgian racer Grégoire Demoustier. Like Demoustier, Chilton will switch from a RML Chevrolet Cruze to the state-of-the-art Citroën C-Elysée WTCC.

Chilton’s appointment comes shortly after that of his younger brother Max, who graduates from Indy Lights championship to a full-time drive with Chip Ganassi Racing in the IndyCar Series.

Chilton has served four seasons to-date in the World Touring Car Championship, achieving a best overall result of fifth in the 2013 standings driving for the RML team. For the past two seasons, Chilton has campaigned a privateer RML-built Chevrolet Cruze with the ROAL Motorsport team.

Tom Chilton, ROAL Motorsport RML Chevrolet Cruze

Chilton was surprisingly competitive in 2015 given the limitations of his ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet Cruze; he finished eleventh overall in the Drivers’ Championship standings with a podium finish at the Hungaroring his best race result.

“It’s a very exciting year ahead, I think it will be one of the best race seats to be racing in this year,” Chilton said of his call-up to Sébastien Loeb Racing.

“The team has only been in the championship for a short period but has achieved great results so far and many more to come. The Citroën C-Elysée has proved to be a championship-winning car these past two years. With the combination of a professionally run team, it can only be a positive step forward for me.”

Chilton will be competing both for outright championship honours as well as the newly-renamed WTCC Trophy for non-manufacturer-backed entries.

Images via FIA WTCC Media

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