Citroën unsinkable in wet Slovakia
In spite heavy rains washed Slovakia Ring on Sunday Citroën remained unchallenged in WTCC, as Sebastien Loeb took the first and only race of the weekend.
Following an eventful Hungarian weekend, paddock operated the short hop to cross the Slovakian border head east of Bratislava to Slovakia Ring. On Saturday, the French team threw down the gauntlet as Jose Maria Lopez was on pole ahead of Loeb and Yvan Muller.
The next day, a bright sun gave way to a dark skies over central Europe and it did not take long before rainstorm poured on the circuit. It was not enough to scare Loeb, who overtook his teammate when lights went off and lead from start to finish. The two produced a faultless race, a must in such tricky conditions.
Later in the day marshall played it the safe way by canceling the second race as the track was flooded. Lopez then retains the Championship lead this soaked weekend.
323. – The tally Citroën already has under its belt in the manufacturers Championship. Almost as much as the sum of it two opponents, Honda (204) and LADA (131).
“I made a mistake at the star.” Even the best screw it up once in a while. It happened to title holder Muller who jumped the start and lost his podium chances from the off on Sunday, without looking for an excuse.
Since 2005, when the Championship took its current format, it’s the first time a race is canceled due to adverse weather conditions.
Austria (Salzburgring), 24-25 May