The WTCC field will increase to a season record of 23 cars for the Macau Guia Race.
The return of Ma Qing Hua in the fourth Citroën C-Elysée car will be completed by a special effort made by the two teams competing in the TC2T class: Campos Racing and Liqui Moly Team Engstler. Both the Spanish and the German outfits will field three cars for the final event of the season.
Campos Racing will run three SEAT León cars for their regular driver John Filippi, for Pepe Oriola who makes a one-off comeback to WTCC and for Hong Kong racer William Lok who had already joined the Spanish squad for the Shanghai event.
As for the three BMW 320 TC cars entered by Liqui Moly Team Engstler, two will be driven by Franz Engstler and Macau’s Filipe C. de Souza, freshly crowned champions of the Yokohama and the Asia trophies respectively, while the third will be in the hands of another Macanese, Mak Ka Lok who has already made several appearances in the WTCC Asian events in previous years.
Carlos Reutemann, the greatest living legend of Argentine motorsports, has been among those who congratulated the new FIA WTCC World Champion, José María López.
A Formula 1 Vice-Champion in 1981 and a winner of 11 GPs, ‘El Lole’is the most successful Argentine driver after Juan Manuel Fangio. He later became a prominent political figure in his country and today is a member of the Argentine Senate.
Still closely involved in motorsport, Reutemann has been a supporter of‘Pechito’since many years.
His office has disclosed for our website the text of the message sent by Senator Reutemann after López was crowned at Suzuka, which reads: “A big hug and congratulations for this great achievement. It is a well-deserved title that rewards both your effort and personal abilities. All Argentine feel proud of this success and especially those of us who know how difficult it is to shine at this level of competition.”
By taking his maiden win in the TC2T class in Race 2 at Suzuka, John Filippi signed quite an achievement: breaking the triumphant string of successes of the Liqui Moly Team Engstler.
The German outfit had, in fact, won all the previous races, except one at the Slovakia Ring.
Still, the 19-year-old Frenchman was not entirely happy, as his victory was favoured by Franz Engstler’s retirement: “It is nice to win and this is a good reward for Campos Racing and all the hard work put by the mechanics,” admitted the Corsican with true racer spirit, “but I would have preferred not to inherit P1 because of Engstler’s technical problems. This said, it is true that at Suzuka we had a much better pace, especially in qualifying, running only one tenth of a second behind Engstler. I would have hoped for a better result in Race 1, but Münnich got in-between Franz and me and I was never in a position to pass him.”
Always calm and understated, the young man from Bastia, who alternates racing with his university studies in Paris, is taking part in his maiden season in the WTCC at the wheel of a SEAT León WTCC run by Spanish squad Campos Racing. “It has not been an easy season,” he commented, “but racing at this level is certainly very interesting and I have learnt a lot. This first win, of course, comes at the right moment, as we start planning for 2015.”