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Thierry Neuville Promoted To Citroen Junior Team, Van Merksteijns Retained

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Thierry Neuville (Photo Credit:

Thierry Neuville (Photo Credit:

RACB Driver of the Year Thierry Neuville will race in the WRC next year, as part of a 10 rally deal with the Citroen Junior Team, on the back of two wins in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge this year with partner marque Peugeot.

CJT Team Principal Benǫt Nogier has indicated Neuville will drive all rounds of the 2012 season with the exception of Mexico, Argentina, and New Zealand Рthe latter clashing with the Ypres Rally in which he is expected to appear for his current Kronos Peugeot team.

“Now I can confirm that I will remain faithful to the PSA,” said Neuville. “However nothing is signed yet.”

However, the deal is expected to be signed and made official this coming Monday.

Meanwhile both Peter Peter van Merksteijn Sr. & Jr. have agreed a reduced schedule for next season, the former for two rounds and the latter for four – but this time in seperate events – sharing co-drover Eddy Chevalier.

This leaves some seats still vacant at the Citroen Juniors, with Evgeny Novikov and Kevin Abbring the drivers currently in negotiation with the French marque for a part-time 2012 programme.

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