Citroën makes triumphal entrée

López and Loeb shared victories

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By Olivier Ferret

15 April 2014 - 10:39
Citroën makes triumphal entrée

Citroën’s debut in WTCC couldn’t be more successful. The three C-Elysée cars dominated the field at Marrakech from Friday’s testing until the end of the second race.

Jose María López and Sébastien Loeb shared victories and only the fact that Yvan Muller was involved in the incident at the start of the second race prevented a second 1-2-3 finish for the French make.

Never ever in WTCC history a Manufacturer had made such a triumphal entrée.

Yves Matton, Team Principal, Citroën Racing commented: “We would never have dared dream about the result we achieved today. After being part of the Loeb/Sainz/McRae treble at the Monte-Carlo Rally in 2003, I am delighted to have witnessed an equally special achievement from Pechito, Séb and Yvan. It’s not the same category, or the same era, but there are nevertheless similarities between these two great moments in Citroën Racing’s history. The main thing they have in common is the state of mind of the team, who were both humble and combative in achieving a result that surpassed our expectations. The only fly in the ointment was Yvan Muller’s accident at the start of Race 2. I’m disappointed that he wasn’t rewarded today for the effort he has invested with us to develop the car and organise the team for this new challenge. We’re going to prepare a great car for him for next weekend.

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