Citroën stays top
Citroën clinched another 1-2 this week-end on the Hungaroring, increasing its
margin in both championships, but also finished a race without a podium
for the first time this year.
Citroën achieved a perfect quali with a 1-2-3, Yvan Muller leading Jose Maria
Lopez and Sebastien Loeb on the Race 1 grid. But the nine-time WRC
champion completely missed his start and finished seventh after spending
the whole race behind Norbert Michelisz (Honda Civic). At the
chequeered flag, it was though an other double for the chevrons marque
with Muller and Lopez ahead of Honda’s Tiago Monteiro.
For the first time this season, no C-Elysee finished on the podium in Race
2. Gianni Morbidelli (Chevrolet) came first leading Monteiro and his
teammate Hugo Valente. Muller ended up sixth, Lopez ninth, Loeb tenth.
But the three still lead the drivers’ championship with the Argentinian
(115) from Muller (105) and Loeb (84),
271 – Their drivers lead the championship, Citroën also in the
constructors’ with 271 points, to only 172 for the runner-up Honda.
“This is a track where we all know it’s difficult to overtake, so having a
good start was key to the outcome of the race”, Yvan Muller said after
his Race 1 win. Citroën started from the front rows in Race 1, but from
the pack in Race 2 which could explains they finished out of the podium.
After four wins in four races, the three Citroën C-Elysees held a 60 kg
compensation weight. It didn’t prevent the French cars experiencing a
satisfying Hungarian weekend with a perfect record in quali and a 1-2 in
Slovakia (Slovakia Ring) 10-11 May