Citroen DS3 takes on track star

The French manufacturer has offered the 1500m runner – dubbed the next Paula Radcliffe – use if the highly-customisable DS3 supermini to use between events, but the much sought-after model is already the subject of envious glances from her coach.

Twell said: "I’m proud to be supported by Citroën and am really enjoying my new DS3. It will be a great help in travelling between competitions – although my coach has already got his eye on it, and has offered to drive so that I can rest before races!"

The DS3, the first model to be introduced in Citroen’s revived premium line of cars, will be joined by the DS4 and DS5 in the line-up. The model has been received well by customers, who are impressed by the innovative customisation options and leather and chrome premium interior of the DS3.

Twell’s model features a white exterior with sky blue door mirrors and a matching roof. The car also boasts eye-catching sky-blue allow wheels.

While 20 year old Twell, a former World Junior Champion, can run the 1500 meters in just over four minutes, the DS3 should comfortable be able to transport her to races at a much quicker pace.

The model, which also boasts CO2 emissions as low as 99g/km for the DStyle version, is available with engines ranging from 90hp diesels to a powerful 150hp 1.6 THP petrol engine.

Starting from £11,700, the Citroen DS3 is one sale in the UK now and offers an alternative to the likes of the Fiat 500 and Alfa MiTo city cars.

Twell will now become a Citroen Sporting Ambassador and Marc Raven, Communications Director at Citroën UK said: "She is most definitely one to watch for the future and we wish her well with her ambition for gold at the London 2012 Olympics."