Qatar is getting ready to be enthralled by the cut and thrust of the World Touring Car Championship as it prepares to host its first ever WTCC meeting. The Losail circuit, already well-known for hosting MotoGP events, will be brightly lit for the event, as the last two races of the championship season will take place at night.
Having already achieved the goals they set at the start of the year, the Citroën Total team and its drivers will be looking to finish the season in style. The principal source of suspense lies in the order of the final podium placings. Having occupied second position in the early part of the season, Sébastien Loeb was then overtaken by Yvan Muller. In Thailand, as José María López was wrapping up his second World Championship title, Seb once again got the upper hand over his teammate. Going into the final weekend, the nine-time World Rally Champion has a five-point advantage.
“I haven’t often found myself fighting to be World Championship runner-up, but if I were to achieve it, it would give me something to show for all the work I have put in over the past two seasons,” explains Sébastien Loeb. “In 2014, I finished third in the championship after winning two races. This year, I won my first pole position, I have won four races and I’m now second in the overall standings. I’ll be looking to hold on to that position, which would also be a fitting reward for my team of engineers and mechanics. It would be a nice way to round off my fifteenth season with Citroën.”
“Once you know you can’t win, whether you finish second or third is of limited importance. But I really want to end the season on a good note by trying to win one of the two races,” says Yvan Muller. “I was frustrated by the Buriram weekend, where I didn’t finish a single lap in either race after getting involved in collisions. Finishing the season on a positive note would be the best way of beginning my preparations for 2016.”