Citroën Racing's Asian Tour Kicks off in Beijing
The long break after the Argentina meeting is drawing to a close, and the FIA WTCC season is about to enter its final sprint with four weekends in Asia.
The first port of call is the Goldenport Park Circuit in Beijing. Four Citroën C-Elysée WTCCs will be in action, with José María López, Yvan Muller, Sébastien Loeb and Ma Qing Hua – sure to be the crowd’s favourite – behind the wheel. In its very first season in track racing, Citroën Total already has a mathematical chance of securing the World Manufacturers’ Championship title.
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MA QING HUA
“Goldenport Park is one of the oldest circuits in China. It’s not the one I know best, but I did several single-seater races there a few years ago. The track may be short, but there’s absolutely no margin for error, as you’re always close to the safety barriers. You really can’t let your concentration slip for a second. “The other difficulty lies in the track surface, which is very abrasive on the tyres. That’s going to be particularly tricky with our front-wheel drive cars. We’ll have to find the right setup to preserve the tyres throughout the races.”
RACING FOCUS ARGENTINA
- For the ninth round of the competition, the teams will be battling it out at the Goldenport Park Circuit. Located in the Chaoyang district, close to the international airport, the 2,391 km track is the shortest of the year.
- The ninth WTCC meeting of the season will be a joint event with the hugely popular CTCC (China Touring Car Championship).