Sebastien Loeb says he will not compete on the Rallye Monte Carlo next year when the event takes a sabbatical from the WRC calendar.
Loeb has won the event five times with Citroen in the last six years and speculation was growing that he might tackle the 2009 edition, which forms part of the IRC rally series, in addition to his WRC programme.
Loeb, however, says he has now decided not to take part because without his C4 WRC, a car ineligible for the IRC series, he has nothing to gain from participating in the event.
"Without the C4 WRC, if I was to compete I would have to use the C2 Super 1600, and while I've been over all the options in my mind I can't see how I could beat the Super 2000 cars with a 1600cc two-wheel drive," said Loeb.
"The only reason I want to run Monte Carlo is to win it. And if I am beaten by one of the IRC drivers I doubt the general public would really understand the differences between the cars. I also know myself; I am sure that in January, when it was necessary to leave for the recce in the middle of my holidays, I would have regretted my decision!"