Citroën expands to four cars for Moscow Raceway
Citroën is going to field four C-Elysée cars for the FIA World Touring Car Championship races in Russia next weekend with Ma Qing Hua joining regular drivers José-María López, Yvan Muller and Sébastien Loeb.
“I can’t wait to get out and race again, in a high-quality championship and as part of a very professional outfit,” said Qing Hua.
The Chinese driver visited the French team a couple of weeks earlier in order to prepare for his debut.
“A few weeks ago, I spent a lot of time at the technical centre in Versailles. It was really special to see the old Dakar Rally and WRC cars, which have won so many races and titles. I got the opportunity to meet the whole team and we spent a long time getting me set up in the C-Elysée WTCC. I had taken part in several test sessions over the winter, and I then did another day in Navarra, which enabled us to work more specifically on the setup of my car,” said Qing Hua.
While Qing Hua is new to the team, four-time WTCC champion Muller continues his fight at Moscow Raceway to gain on championship leader and team mate López who is 41 points ahead.
“It’s definitely the hardest season I’ve had in WTCC! From 2010 to 2013, I only had one DNF a year. I’ve had two already this year, and I hope that’s my lot! You win a championship by being consistent and scoring points in every race,” said Muller.
Nine-time WRC champion Loéb is just four points behind Muller in third position in the drivers’ championship after a consistent start to the season with nine top ten finishes.