Citroen dominant, Lopez and Loeb happy
The Citroen C-Elysee dominated the first two races of the new WTCC season in Argentina. Reigning champion Jose Maria Lopez won first race and leaves his native country at the top of the standings, while Sebastien Loeb is second after winning second race.
With Yvan Muller finishing third in first race and Ma Qing Hua also taking few points, there is a lot of joy in French manufacturer’s team, but it was obvious that the results could be even better. That probably will be seen at next races in Marrakech.
“I am happy, but it was really tough in the cars in that heat. First race went perfectly even I didn’thad a great start, but I managed to hold off Yvan. That gave me confidence going into the second going into the second race. I tried to be patient and bide my time before going after my rivals. Sebastien was really quick out front in the second race and I really couldn’t get past him and he deserves congratulations on a great victory. It’s been very positive weekend for the team and for me, too”, said Lopez.
Sebastien Loeb is also very positive after season opening.
“It is terrific to start the season like this. In the first race I was just happy to keep my position, but in the second race I was looking for a win. I had a good start from 8th position and then some overtaking opportunities opened up on the first bend. By the end of first lap, there wasn’t many cars left in front of me. I attacked and was able to slip past Hua when he made a mistake. After the safety car, Lopez was very close to me and I had to push hard again to stop him”, said former WRC champion.
WTCC Drivers’ standings:
- Jose Maria Lopez (Citroen Total) 48 points
- Sebastien Loeb (Citroen Total) 43
- Tiago Monteiro (Honda Racing Team JAS) 28
- Yvan Muller (Citroen Total) 22
- Gabriele Tarquini (Honda Racing Team JAS) 22
- Ma Qing Hua (Citroen Total) 16
- Norbert Michelisz (Zengo Motorsport) 14
- Mehdi Bennani (Sebastien Loeb Racing) 10
- Tom Chilton (ROAL Motorsport) 8
- Rickard Rydell (NIKA International) 3