Catsburg wanted Girolami to join in Volvo Polestar’s Qatar WTCC celebrations

Catsburg wanted Girolami to join in Volvo Polestar’s Qatar WTCC celebrations

04/12/2017 18:00

Néstor Girolami’s absence from WTCC Race of Qatar was the only downside to Volvo Polestar claiming an FIA World Touring Car Championship title double last week.

That’s the view of his team-mate Nicky Catsburg, who praised the Argentine’s contribution to Polestar Cyan Racing’s success in 2017.

Yvan Muller was drafted in as a last-minute replacement for Girolami with the Swedish make feeling the Frenchman’s experience and knowledge of the Losail International Circuit would make the difference in its title quest.

“The day would have been even greater if we’d had Néstor here to celebrate,” said Catsburg. “He’s been a big part of it, he’s a great guy and a great driver and I would love to have [had] him here. We all know Yvan is a fantastic driver, he’s an asset to any team so it was great to have him. It was the objective of the team to win both championships in their second year and we did it and it means a lot to have been a part of it.”

Girolami claimed a win from pole in China but was often out of luck during the 2017 season, first first full WTCC campaign.

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