HONDA AND CITROËN MEET FACE TO FACE - Works teams have first confrontation in a test at Le Castellet
For the first time Castrol Honda and Citroën Racing factory teams faced each other on the racetrack, as they shared a test session in preparation of the 2014 FIA World Touring Car Championship.
After running previously on their own on different racetracks, the two teams had their first confrontation this week at Circuit Paul Ricard in Le Castellet, France.
Changeable weather provided all different track conditions during the three days. It was sunny on Monday and rainy on Tuesday, while on Wednesday the track was wet in the morning and dried up in the afternoon as the sky cleared.
The Castrol Honda Racing, that will defend the WTCC Manufacturers’ Championship title they won last year, ran one single Civic car. Former F1 podium finisher Tiago Monteiro took the wheel on the first day, while 2009 WTCC champion and 2013 runner-up Gabriele Tarquini took over from Tuesday.
This was the third test session for the TC1 version of the Japanese car, built in compliance with the championship’s new technical regulations.
Citroën Racing continued the approach to their first season in the World Touring Car Championship, adding another test session to a long list that began eight months ago.
The French team tested with two C-Elysée cars that were shared by the three works drivers. Nine-time World Rally Champion Sébastien Loeb, four-time WTCC champion Yvan Muller and Argentine ace José María López were all very busy and completed a great deal of laps.
The 2014 WTCC will kick off on April 13 at Marrakech, Morocco.