Matton lands top FIA rally role

Citroën Racing boss Yves Matton will leave the French squad next month to take up a new role as the FIA’s rally director.

Matton will replace Jarmo Mahonen, who retired at the end of 2017, and will start his new job at the FIA’s Geneva offices on 7 February.

The Belgian will be responsible for the FIA’s rally strategy at all levels and will work closely with commercial rights holder WRC Promoter in the FIA World Rally Championship.

“I feel very honoured to take on this position at the FIA, the governing body of world motorsport. I have worked at various levels of the sport, including for one of the most successful manufacturers in history, but this is for me a real achievement in itself,” he said.

Matton was team manager at Kronos Racing before joining Citroën Sport in 2002, eventually becoming team manager. He left six years later but returned to Citroën Racing in 2012 and guided the team back into the WRC last season after a 12-month sabbatical.

FIA president Jean Todt said Matton’s rallying experience would be important to ensure the sport’s continued growth.

“He has great passion for the sport and his understanding of competition and management at independent and manufacturer levels will be a great asset to further securing the future development of our sport,” said Todt.

Todt paid tribute to Mahonen’s ‘significant contribution’ and the advancements made in rallying under his management. “We have solid foundations to further build on and I am confident we will continue to see the sport grow from strength to strength,” he added.

Citroën Racing has made no announcement about Matton’s replacement, but Pierre Budar, who runs parent company PSA Motorsport’s customer racing department, is expected to be confirmed in the job.

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