Mon 04 Dec 2023

Rossel, Gryazin to lead Citroën’s WRC2 charge in 2024

Yohan Rossel and Nikolay Gryazin will join forces in 2024 to field a pair of factory-entered Citroën C3 Rally2 cars in WRC2, as confirmed today (Monday).

The duo, both boasting extensive experience in the FIA World Rally Championship’s premier support category, will spearhead Citroën Racing’s official WRC programme in collaboration with the DG Sport team.

Rossel, 28, will embark on his sixth consecutive season behind the wheel of Citroën machinery. He clinched the WRC3 title in 2021, piloting a C3 Rally2, and secured two WRC2 victories in Monte-Carlo and Croatia this year.

“I feel so proud of the confidence that the Stellantis Group has shown in me,” said the Frenchman. “Next season, it will be 10 years that I have been driving their cars! This respect goes both ways: loyalty and consistency are extremely important for me, so to carry on with Citroën – the make I have been driving since 2019 – is entirely logical.

“The 2024 season will be another very intense one, but we will have the benefit of Nikolay in our team. He is driving on a lot of events and will be able to help develop the car on every surface, which was one of my wishes: we need someone like him who puts in the kilometres."

Gryazin, meanwhile, faces a new challenge—transitioning to the C3 after spending recent seasons behind the wheel of a Škoda Fabia. The 26-year-old finished as the runner-up to Kajetan Kajetanowicz in this year’s WRC2 Challenger Championship.

“Joining the #C3Rally2Family is really a new chapter in my career,” he stated. “Being in a great environment around me with a great team, it's really important. I'm really curious to see how the season will be. I already tested the car, and on the Tarmac, I felt really nice.

“For the gravel it’s also good, just need to spend some test dates to find the best setup for my driving style. In 2024, I think we will have to be smart, strategic and do our job as we usually do and for sure to enjoy the driving, this is the most important!”

Didier Clement, Stellantis Motorsport Customer Racing Sporting Director, added:

“We’re all really excited about Nikolay Gryazin joining us in the WRC2 championship: a [driver] whose talents and experience are universally acknowledged. We also benefit from having Yohan Rossel, a driver who has well and truly risen up through the ranks of the Stellantis Motorsport junior categories.

"These two talents will form part of the DG Sport team from Belgium next year, which will represent Citroen Racing on the 2024 FIA World Rally Championship. Their programmes already get underway next weekend, when they will take part in the Rallye du Devoluy in the south of France to prepare for the Rallye Monte-Carlo.”

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