The French press have reported that Citroen will fast-track the development of their new C3 Super 2000 rally car.

According to reports, the car will compete in the Asia-Pacific Rally Championship’s Asia Cup, and former World Champion, Carlos Sainz, will come out of retirement to drive the car.

Citroen Sport spokesman, Nils Hrutt, said “…the APRC makes perfect sense for us. The variety (of conditions encountered) in these events will help us develop a car that can compete in any continent”.

The news that Carlos Sainz will drive the car has come as a big shock. The Spaniard won the APRC in 1990, and is a two-time World Rally Champion.

Since retiring from full-time competition in 2004, Sainz contested two WRC events for Citroen in 2005, and more recently has competed for VW in the Dakar Rally.

The first event for the Citroen team will be Rally Hokkaido in July.

It is thought that current Citroen WRC driver, Dani Sordo, may make a guest appearance in the car at Rally China.

All of which would be fantastic for rallying ....... if it wasn't an April Fool's Day joke, started by an APRC website!

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