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201530 Sep



Citroen has retained its FIA WTCC title after taking pole position and winning both races in Shanghai. In race one, the Citroen Total team took all three podium places, thanks to Jose Maria Lopez, Yvan Muller and Sebastien Loeb. Yvan Muller produced a magnificent comeback to emerge victorious in race two, with Pechito Lopez joining him on the podium. Jose Maria Lopez scored more points than anyone else this weekend and is now one step closer to securing the drivers’ title in Thailand later this year. 


Sunday began with qualifying, which had been postponed from Saturday. The four official Citroen C-Elysee WTCCs all made it through to Q3 to battle it out for pole position. Yvan Muller was the first to set a time but he made a mistake in the last sector. So it was no surprise when his time was beaten by Nick Catsburg, the only driver to seriously challenge the Citroën teams’ supremacy this season. Sebastien Loeb couldn’t outdo the Dutchman, but Ma Qing Hua managed it two minutes later. Jose Maria Lopez then rounded off the session in style by picking up his fifth pole position of the season.


A few hours later, the drivers lined up on the starting grid for race one. When the lights went out, Ma Qing Hua was left stranded on the grid, while Jose Maria Lopez immediately took the lead. The first lap was chaotic, with five cars forced to withdraw after a number of collisions.


The safety car was brought out and the pack closed up, with Jose Maria Lopez, Yvan Muller and Sebastien Loeb leading the way. After five laps, the pace was stepped up again. Pechito put himself out of reach of his teammates, who in turn moved well clear of Catsburg. In the chasing pack, Ma Qing Hua climbed to eighth position, but was then forced to abandon his race due to a broken transmission.


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