Citroën Racing holds its own on home turf!
The French team consolidated its leadership in both championships with the C-Elysées WTCCs scoring a one, two, three, four in race one after which José Maria Lopez clinched victory in the second heat.
Sébastien Loeb racked up his very first pole position in the FIA WTCC and took full advantage of it to win the first race, his third victory of the season and his fifth in the WTCC. Following him home were Yvan Muller, José Maria Lopez and Ma Qing Hua as the French Citroën Total team filled the first four places after a superb display. Loeb wasn’t as fortunate in the second heat as he went off and retired.
“Pechito” gets back on top
In the last two meetings the reigning world championship and 2015 leader saw Muller making huge inroads into his lead. “Pechito” fought back and put things right in race 2 with a victory that helped him open up the gap over his Alsatian rival to 39 points. Ma Qing Hua was also on the podium, his first top-3 finish since Marrakech.
Sébastien Loeb: “First of all, I was really pleased to be starting from pole position for the first time in the FIA WTCC. I didn’t get a great start. I didn’t handle the clutch well and I found myself battling to hold on to my position in the first lap. After pulling a few lengths clear thanks to the scrap between Yvan and Pechito, I was able to drive with greater peace of mind. I got a good start in Race 2 but I made a stupid mistake. There was just too much damage and I had to give up. Despite notching up my third win of the season, it’s not been a positive meeting for me overall, as I’ve fallen further behind in the Championship.”
Next Round: Portugal (Vila Real, 10 – 12 July)