Sebastien Loeb has ruled out racing in the Le Mans 24 Hours this year, despite speculation linking him with a return to the event.
The seven-time World Rally Champion contested Le Mans with the Pescarolo team in 2005 and 2006, finishing second overall in the latter event. He then tested for Peugeot at the end of 2009 and was widely tipped to race with the team in the 2010 24 Hours, but he decided against it.
The Frenchman has again been linked with a return to the historic race this year, but on Wednesday he denied he will be taking part in the event. He said the development of his Citroen rally squad's new car will take up too much of his time.
"I won't be doing Le Mans this year," said Loeb. "In terms of schedule, with the development of the DS3 as well, it was too heavy to combine all," he said.