Citroen to quit WTCC after just three seasons
- 19th November 2015, 15:53 at 3:53 pm #309270Keith CollantineKeymaster
Having dominated the World Touring Car Championship since arriving last year, Citroen has announced it will axe its programme at the end of next season.
It’s bad news for the WTCC, which has struggled to develop a solid base of manufacturer competitors, and is yet another reminder of how swiftly car makers can pull the plug on their racing programmes.
Citroen also announced it will reduce its participation in the World Rally Championship next year while it builds a new car for the 2017 regulations.
Unveiling its future in motor sport, Citroën has announced that it will be taking part in the World Rally Championship from 2017.The team’s entry will be based on cars designed in line with the FIA’s new technical regulations. In order to dedicate as many resources as possible to development of the new car, the Citroën Racing team will be putting its involvement in the WRC on hold next season. In 2016, the Citroën Total team will defend its FIA WTCC world titles with two Citroën C-Elysée WTCCs, driven by José María López and Yvan Muller.
Citroën Racing does not intend to stay out of racing altogether next year. After starting in 2014, the FIA WTCC programme will conclude at the end of a third season. As the category leader since it entered the WTCC, the Citroën Total team will be aiming to successfully defend its manufacturers’ and drivers’ titles. Two Citroën C-Elysée WTCCs will be entrusted to two drivers who have claimed six of the category’s last eight world titles*: the Argentinian José María López and the Frenchman Yvan Muller.20th November 2015, 0:39 at 12:39 am #309291NickParticipant
They’ve also thrown Sebastien Loeb under the bus by not giving him a WTCC seat despite moving to that series together. Didn’t properly inform him either.
I honestly don’t know if I should feel bad for the WTCC because it’s always been like this. First Seat, then Chevrolet, now Citroen, I wouldn’t be surprised if they end up calling it a day on the series if they don’t manage to keep some manufacturers on board, or rather find some that won’t ditch the WTCC as soon as their marketing budget undercuts their sporting budget.20th November 2015, 2:20 at 2:20 am #309292Fer no.65Participant
Reading about it got me thinking: this is basically how manufacturers compete these days.
I’d not surprise me that once Citroen and Toyota get their 2017 WRC going, Volkswagen quits the series. It’s how they run, they come, they dominate, and they leave once there’s a new competitor.
It’s probably easier and better for both Citroen at WTCC or Volkswagen at the WRC to dominate without much opposition than truly compete with other manufacturers in series with not as much coverage as other world championships.20th November 2015, 5:38 at 5:38 am #309293Arnold Triyudho WardonoParticipant
But in VW’s case, Polo WRC isn’t available for the privateers, so when they pull the plug, many of the Polos would be in museum.
And I wouldn’t mind if Citroen still supporting the privateers.20th November 2015, 17:08 at 5:08 pm #309308Iestyn DaviesParticipant
Yeah, these series are now so small, that it’s only worth it for a 2-3 year quick domination – get all the marketing ‘bang for buck’, then leave it for the next manufacturer to do the same.
I guess VW will pull out from WRC to save costs for the emissions scandal?
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