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[YesAuto Racing] Citroen’s days of dominating the WTCC World Touring Car Championships in 2014 may be coming to an end. Citroen recently announced that it will gradually withdraw from the touring car racing arena starting from the 2016 season and devote itself to WRC World Rally from 2017. In the championship.

After DS joined the Formula E camp this year, PSA PSA Peugeot Citroen Group also took care of the formula, touring car racing and rallying camps. It is said that in order to better allocate resources, Citroen will abandon the touring car camping camp in the 2017 season and return to rally racing. . At the same time, in the 2016 season, the number of cars of the Citroen team will also be reduced from 4 to 2, and the two main drivers Mueller and Lopez will represent the Citroen team. The legendary driver Loeb will be transferred to the Peugeot Sports Department to join the Dakar race together, I believe it will collide with the 2008 DKR racing car. The whereabouts of Chinese driver Ma Qinghua is not yet clear. It is reported that it is likely to remain in the Sebastian Loeb team and continue to participate in WTCC. Ma Qinghua himself has said that if Citroen disbands the team, he will continue to stay in the touring car race. in.

Regarding the vacancy left by Citroen, the most likely to be filled is Volvo, which announced the competition plan a while ago. This Swedish touring car sports expert expressed some regrets about Citroen’s withdrawal. Obviously, in the current WTCC stadium, Citroen has become nothing. Controversial benchmark, and Volvo has only one year to compete with Citroen in 2016, which naturally feels a bit regrettable. Schedvin, head of Volvo Polestar team, expressed his appreciation to Citroen. He said that Citroen has dominated the world's top auto races for more than ten years. There are not many manufacturers that can compare with it. We cannot blame Citroen for choosing to withdraw from WTCC at this time, but we really hope They can stay here longer. Schedvin also emphasized that Citroen's unexpected withdrawal will not interfere with Polestar's original entry plan.

At the same time, Citroen’s main driver Lopez also said that he may not be able to find an opportunity to cooperate with Citroen after the end of the 2016 season, and is also considering leaving Citroen. Unless Citroen can provide other cooperation opportunities in the future, he is not good at rallying. May consider moving to DTM German Touring Car Masters or Le Mans 24 Hours Endurance Race and other venues. In addition, Lopez also said that he would not rule out the possibility of joining other WTCC teams in the future, but I am afraid it will be difficult to break the “single” set by himself and Citroen together. The record for the most championships in a season.

No matter how wonderful the scene is, there is a curtain call, but there is no enduring banquet to make a happy drink. It seems that Citroen’s story in the WTCC is about to come to an end for the time being. Let’s focus on two things: one is how Loeb will get along with the Dakar champion Peter Hansel in a Peugeot 2008 DKR, and the other is Citroen. Can you shake up the current championship team in the WRC field, Volkswagen?