Citroën, new World champion!
A stunning quadruple in Shanghai ended any suspense as Citroen, grabbed the WTCC Manufacturers’ crown its first season in the series with the meetings remaining
A week after the Beijing, the paddock moved to Shanghai where longer straights and faster corners suited the Citroen C-Elysee talents. The result was not long to come. The French marque captured front row with Jose Maria Lopez heading Ma Qing Hua.
Yvan Muller led the second row and the three of flew effortlessly lights to flag to the podium in the first race. Sébastien Loeb, fifth on the grid, produced a great recovery after stuttering at the start ending up fourth. With four cars in the first four, Citroen built an unassailable margin for the rest of the season.
Such a dominance in the first race makes second very difficult considering the reverse grid rule. A contact between Müller (retired) and Loeb (13th) played admirably in Lopez hands. The Argentine finished third behind Mehdi Bennani (Honda first win in WTCC) and Tiago Monteiro (Honda), which allowed him eyed the drivers crown next time out.
14 – The number World championship titles Citroen won. After eight WRC crown and five in cross-country rally, the WTCC one is also the first on circuit racing!
At home in Shanghai, Chinese Ma Qing Hua was particularly pleased to have finished the first race on second place, ahead of two world champions Müller and Loeb. “Finish second in Race 1, close to the winner is a good result. For me it has more value than my win in Moscow”, he admitted. He also took a 5th place in the second race.
“I was more nervous than usual.” And that looks good for Lopez We must believe that this is good for Lopez. Once again, the Argentine was the best driver on this rally with a win and a third place. It now has 93 points ahead of Müller six races remaining.
Suzuka (Japan, 25-26 October)