Reigning Independents’ Trophy winner Mehdi Bennani will be targeting a tilt at the outright Drivers’ Championship title in the FIA WTCC after re-signing with Sébastien Loeb Racing for the 2017 season.

The Moroccan, who finished fifth overall in the Drivers’ Championship with two outright race wins in Hungary and Qatar last year, will be back behind the wheel of the Citroën C-Elysée he has campaigned for the past two seasons.

“I am very pleased to continue this collaboration with Sébastien Loeb Racing,” said Bennani.

“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.

“I’m starting this new season with yet more confidence than the two previous ones. Of course, we’ll have to wait until the first race to have a true idea of the hierarchy, but I hope we’ll see in our results the improvements drawn from 2015 and 2016,” he added.

Already confirmed alongside Bennani at Sébastien Loeb Racing in 2017 are Tom Chilton and John Filippi.

“Mehdi has proven himself to be a key element for our team over these past two years. Keeping him with us was essential. He has integrated into the team perfectly, while at the same time gaining greater knowledge and control of his C-Elysée,” said team owner Sébastien Loeb.

“He has the capacities needed to reach podium places even more often this season. We have prepared for this with two test drives in Navarra, as well as in Monteblanco, in Spain. I am delighted to conclude that with Mehdi, Tom Chilton and John Filippi our WTCC group is once again looking strong.”

Image via FIA WTCC Media

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