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General information
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Official name: Citroen Total
Operated by: Citroen Sport
Headquarters: Versailles-Satory, France
Regular drivers
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Car nr 17: Colin McRae
18: Sebastien Loeb
19: Carlos Sainz
Key personnel
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Team principal: Guy Frequelin
Team manager: Michel Perin
Team manager: Francois Chatriot (appointed in mid-season)
Chief chassis engineer: Jean-Claude Vaucard
Chief engine engineer: Claude Guillois
Car and tyres
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Car: Citroen Xsara WRC
Tyres: Michelin
Sponsors and partners
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Total, Michelin, Telefonica Movistar, Magneti Marelli
Season statistics
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Best results: 1st: Monte Carlo (Sebastien Loeb)
 1st: Turkey (Carlos Sainz)
 1st: Deutschland (Sebastien Loeb)
 1st: San Remo (Sebastien Loeb)
Rallies contested: 14 (works entries)
WRC starts: 46 (works entries)
Outright wins: 4 (wins to rallies ratio 28.6 %)
Podiums: 13 (podiums to starts ratio 28.3 %)
DNF's: 8 (DNF's to starts ratio 17.4 %)
Stage wins: 66
Points scored: 160 (manufacturer championship)
Avg points per rally: 11.4
Entries
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Argentina  



Acropolis  



Cyprus  



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Finland  



Australia  



San Remo  




Corsica  




Catalunya  




Great Britain  

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Colin McRae  
Sebastien Loeb  
Carlos Sainz  

Colin McRae  
Sebastien Loeb  
Carlos Sainz  

Colin McRae  
Sebastien Loeb  
Carlos Sainz  

Colin McRae  
Sebastien Loeb  
Carlos Sainz  

Colin McRae  
Sebastien Loeb  
Carlos Sainz  

Colin McRae  
Sebastien Loeb  
Carlos Sainz  

Colin McRae  
Sebastien Loeb  
Carlos Sainz  

Colin McRae  
Sebastien Loeb  
Carlos Sainz  
Philippe Bugalski  

Colin McRae  
Sebastien Loeb  
Carlos Sainz  

Colin McRae  
Sebastien Loeb  
Carlos Sainz  

Colin McRae  
Sebastien Loeb  
Carlos Sainz  
Philippe Bugalski  

Colin McRae  
Sebastien Loeb  
Carlos Sainz  
Philippe Bugalski  

Colin McRae  
Sebastien Loeb  
Carlos Sainz  
Philippe Bugalski  

Colin McRae  
Sebastien Loeb  
Carlos Sainz  
2nd
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3rd

5th
7th
9th

4th
retired (out of fuel)
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retired (mechanical)
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12th

retired (fire)
retired (mechanical)
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8th (7th in manufacturers)
retired (engine)
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retired (off road)
Season commentary
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Starting off with magnificient 1-2-3 on Monte Carlo, Citroen slowly but steadily built up their championship bid, almost consistently outscoring their biggest rival Peugeot. New scoring scheme meant that on most cases Citroen could not extend their lead significantly but in the end steady progress was enough.

Much of the success owes to a very strong driver line-up. In Sainz and McRae team had two very experienced drivers who helped young Sebastien Loeb to shine even brighter. Loeb amazed many with his speed in difficult rallies like Australia where he had little or no previous experience. On the other hand he threw away sure points in Tour de Corse and surprisingly lost to Panizzi in Catalunya final stage shoot-out.

Colin McRae
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Citroen-driver Colin McRae during 2003 Swedish Rally. Click picture to see larger version in a pop-up window
(Photo: Janusz Szymanek)
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