Citroën Racing’s third season in the FIA WTCC 2016 finished with the team picking up a third FIA World Touring Car Championship title.
The 2016 season commenced at the Paul Ricard Circuit, a happy hunting ground for the Citroën Total Team. In the the final season of its track racing adventure, the team lined up two Citroën C-Elysée WTCCs on the grid, with José María López and Yvan Muller the men at the wheel.
José María López finished first in the main race in China and won the best lap trophy for his 1m 52.244s lap time around the Shanghai Circuit. Citroën claimed a 1-2-3 podium finish with Yvan Muller finishing second and Mehdi Bennani completing the trio in third. This led to Citroën becoming FIA WTCC World Champion* for the third year running.
The World Championship will continue in Thailand 05 – 06 November**.
* All results remain subject to official FIA confirmation
**Pending signature of event agreement
Results will be published as soon as they have been confirmed by the FIA
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|01 April: France|
|15 April: Slovakia|
|22 April: Hungary|
|06 May: Morocco|
|26 May: Germany|
|10 June: Russia|
|24 June: Portugal|
|06 August: Argentina|
|03 September: Japan|
|24 September: China|
|05 November: Thailand|
|24 November: Qatar|
Born: 26 February 1974 in Haguenau, France
Four-time World Touring Car Champion
World Championship Runner-up thanks to his thirteen podium-finishes, Yvan went into the 2015 season more motivated than ever. Two retirements in Thailand let Sébastien Loeb sneak ahead of him in the championship standings before the season finale in Losail, but Yvan won the very last race of the year to reclaim second and finish as World Championship runner-up again.
Born: 26 April 1983 in Río Tercero, Argentina
WTCC champion 2015
The 2015 season began in Argentina and José María López lived up to his new status as world champion by winning the year’s opening race. In the first eight races, he finished on the podium seven times, winning four of them. At the season finale held in Qatar, he equalled his own records for the number of pole positions (7) and race wins (10) in a season.
The first track racing car developed by Citroën Racing, the Citroën C-Elysée WTCC almost immediately became the benchmark, as demonstrated by the world titles won with style in 2014 and 2015.
In securing twenty-two pole positions out of twenty-four and thirty-eight race wins out of a possible forty-nine, the Citroën C-Elysée WTCC has largely exceeded even the most ambitious targets set for it in its first two competitive seasons. However, far from resting on their laurels, Citroën Racing’s engineers have kept on introducing upgrades. To a trained eye, the aerodynamic evolutions brought to the Citroën C-Elysée WTCC over the winter are notable with a more aggressively-designed front bumper. After two seasons in white and grey, the bodywork of the Citroën Total team cars is now primarily matte and glossy red.