Sebastien Loeb admitted he was surprised to hear that he had been sacked by Citroen’s WTCC team as they were expected to work together for three years. After years of speculation about Citroen's future in the world of sports, the French carmaker announced on Thursday that it is withdrawing from the WTCC World Touring Car Championship after the 2016 season and will focus exclusively on the World Rally Championship from 2017 onwards. Next season, the Citroen team in the WTCC will be half as small, as they will put only two race cars on the track instead of four, and their colors will continue to be represented by Jose Maria Lopez and Yvan Muller. Loeb has run out of space, and the Frenchman will be able to focus entirely on the new collaboration with Peugeot, which starts in January at the legendary Dakar Rally. Nine
By the end of this year, French carmaker Citroen will decide whether to continue to compete exclusively in the WRC World Rally Championship, or to leave it and dedicate itself exclusively to the WTCC World Touring Car Championship. In the radical restructuring of the Citroen Racing and Peugeot Sport programs, the key issues will be logistics, the level of competition and which sport better promotes their brand in the Chinese market. The latter probably carries the most weight, and given that rally as a sport in China is not as popular as the WTCC, where one of the championship races takes place (in 2017, another race is expected to be included in the race calendar), this would could mean that the French will finish the rally program, where they celebrated their last world title in 2012,
Nine-time world rally champion Sebastien Loeb, who competes in the WTCC World Touring Car Championship, tried too optimistically to overtake two competitors in the 10th lap of the second race at Vila Real, according to the commissioners, causing an avoidable accident. The French legend of the rally, who ended up in the wall on his own in a failed overtaking, was therefore reminded. [vsw id = "pWcT2-2p6-c" source = "youtube" width = "600" height = "400" autoplay = "no"]
Yves Matton, the head of the Citroen team, is convinced that the Frenchman Sebastien Loeb can win the tenth title of world rally champion if he decides to return after his contract to appear in the WTCC series expires at the end of this season. Matton intends to persuade 41-year-old Loeb to return to the World Championships, saying that "the biggest drawback of the WRC Championship is that only two racers are able to regularly win rallies and become champions. One is Sebastien Ogier, who wins titles, and the other is in the WTCC World Touring Car Championship. " Loeb drove a rally in Monte Carlo earlier this season, where he even led from the start. Matton, meanwhile, plans to talk to the nine-time champion about his future. "Sebastien will be our brand 's ambassador for a long time to come
In the second race of the WTCC series at Nordshleif, Yvan Muller won with Citroen, which once again proved its superiority. The second place also went to Citroen, namely Lopez, who fought somewhere in the middle of the starting lineup, but in the end came for a teammate, for whom he simply ran out of time. Honda, Tarquini and Monteiro were right behind Citroen. Loeb, on the other hand, finished the race in fifth place with lred Bennani and Huff with Lada. It was interesting as many as 9 racers in 10 seconds, which means we watched a very close race. Team Pos Racer Car Rounds Lag 1 Yvan Muller Citroen Total WTCC Citroen 3 26m02.149s 2 Jose Maria Lopez Citroen Total WTCC Citroen 3 0.173s 3 Tiago Monteiro Honda Racing Team JAS Honda
Jose Maria Lopez with Citroen led from the start to the finish in the first race on Nordshleif, and won the victory before two Citroens. Already at the start, there was a collision between Guho Valente and Norbert Michelisz, who started the race fourth. This allowed Loeb and Miller to come forward and stay in second place until the end of the race. Pos Racer Auto Time Lag 1 Jose Maria Lopez Citroen 26m02.550 2 Sebastien Loeb Citroen 26m07.480 4.930 3 Yvan Muller Citroen 26m11.309 8.759 4 Norbert Michelisz Honda 26m12.468 9.918 5 Ma Qing Hua Citroen 26m13.066 10.516 6 Gabrie 26m13.339 10.789 7 Mehdi Bennani Citroen 26m13.939 11.389 8 Stefano D'Aste Chevrole
Citroen claims that they are not planning a new appearance of Sebastien Loeb in their rally car for the time being, which does not mean that the Frenchman will not return to it. After the appearance of the nine-time world champion at the Monte Carlo Rally, there was a lot of speculation that Loeb will drive four rallies for Citroen this year, but the French explain that the appearance at the opening rally of the season was only one-off. Loeb surprised in Monte Carlo on the first speed test and led the rally to the seventh test, where he made a mistake, damaged the car and finished the rally in eighth place. Yves Matton said Loeb will continue to focus on racing in the WTCC this year. “Everyone is wondering a lot about that,” Matton said. "But we didn't talk about it
Rob Huff believes that Lada has improved a lot this season, as in the end they reached an enviable speed, despite the fact that they were five seconds behind in the middle of the season. It is worth mentioning here that Huff joined the team only this year after driving for a private SEAT for a year. Lada won only one place in the top five before this season, but Huff even managed one victory in Beijing and Macau, and second place in Termaus de Rio Hondo. Overall, Rob won tenth place in the World Cup scoring, which is not bad at all with Lada, as it represents a big improvement. After a difficult season, Rob said that he expected a long way to success: "I knew what was waiting for me, we were not competitive at all at the beginning of the season. So we came closer later
Sebastien Loeb has admitted that he needs to improve his racing skills in road racing (WTCC) and race car setup. Let’s remember that the nine-time world rally champion focused the entire season on Citroen’s program. Last year he diked in both the rally and the FIA GT series, and this year he focused only on touring racing. He even led the WTCC for a while when he won the first race of the season in Marrakech. Later, he had quite a few problems and complications in accidents, and then only won another race. In the end, Sebastien finished in third place, behind teammates Lopez and Muller. Sam says this year about this season: “I lost a lot in other races this year because I didn’t overtake enough. I need to improve racing bike by bike. Lopez overtakes a lot, Yvan is good too, s
The final race of the World Touring Car Championship in Macau ensured an incredible victory for Rob Huff, Huff won his seventh victory in Macau and thus earned the title of King of Macau. It was also Lada’s second win in this year’s WTCC Championship. The whole race was very tense, as Yvan Muller tried his best to overtake Rob, but he didn't succeed. Hugo Valente won the third place after a bad start from the best starting place, and thus stood on the winners' stage for the third time this year. The race was interrupted by a safety car just two laps before the end. Leading Honda Tiago Monteira broke down - the steering mechanism, which forced Monteiro to resign. The Portuguese was therefore the hero of the race, and Norbert Michelisz won the if
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