Will the WTCC’s best be even better?
The French firm’s challenger has claimed 14 WTCC wins out of 16 in 2015 plus a clean sweep of pole positions. But rather than rest on its laurels, Citroën has been hard at work during the summer break with its four factory drivers – Sébastien Loeb, José María López, Ma Qing Hua and Yvan Muller – all taking part in a test at the Motorland Aragón track in Spain.
Xavier Mestelan-Pinon, Citroën Total WTCC’s technical chief, explained what the squad had been up to. “Rather than testing new parts, we focused on optimising what we already have. During the races, we don’t always have the time to take a step back and analyse everything in detail, so we had a number of issues that we hadn’t been able to address.
“The session focused on three main aspects: the differential, the braking consistency and the rear-end assembly. We learned some things that will help us be even more effective in the meetings to come. That’s going to be particularly important given that we will be visiting three circuits we’ve never raced at before between now and the end of the season.”
JVC KENWOOD WTCC Race of Japan takes place at Twin Ring Motegi from 11-13 September.