Rickard Rydell grabs point in 100th career WTCC race.
Rickard Rydell grabs point in 100th career WTCC race this weekend.
Le Castellet, June 28, 2015
Rickard Rydell grabs point in 100th career WTCC race
Honda Racing team Sweden driver Rickard Rydell scored a point in the 100th WTCC race of his career in France this weekend.
Rydell – a five-time WTCC winner since his 2005 debut – got Sunday’s proceedings underway with 11th place in the first of two races at Circuit Paul Ricard, improving from 17th on the grid to take the chequered flag just two tenths of a second behind Dutchman Jaap van Lagen (LADA).
Rydell then celebrated his 100th championship start in the subsequent Race 2, which saw the former British and Swedish Touring Car champion fittingly grab the final point in tenth place.
The next round of the 2015 WTCC season takes place at Portugal’s Vila Real street circuit on July 10-12. Néstor Girolami – who scored on his series debut with Honda Racing team Sweden in Slovakia last week – will be back behind the wheel of the team’s Honda Civic TC1 for the Portuguese event.
Rickard Rydell (driver)
”We travelled to France with the aim of challenging for points – which is what we did. Still, we had obviously been hoping for a little more. We didn’t get qualifying right, although I was only a few tenths off the fastest Honda in Q1 and we do appear to have closed in on the factory team. Our long-run pace is a bit stronger, and it was two fun races with some good fights and overtaking. It’s nice to have scored a point in my 100th WTCC race, and I’m flattered that it was highlighted by the organisation here this weekend, but personally I don’t think too much about it. I prefer to look forward!”
Nicklas Karlsson (team principal)
”Everyone in this team – Rickard, the mechanics, the engineers; everyone – work with tremendous desire, and it’s just a shame that we can’t get the appropriate payoff for their efforts. As nice as it is to score a point, we have higher ambitions and we want to be more competitive. Having said that, we did find a few new things here this weekend that should make us stronger in the next races in Portugal. For some reason, we seem to be better in the races than in qualifying trim, and that is something we will be analyzing.
“From an event point of view, this weekend has been absolutely fantastic. The WTCC provides an excellent platform for us and our partners, and we now hope to back that up with some slightly better results over the second half of the season.”
WTCC Race of France | Circuit Paul Ricard
1: Sébastien Loeb (France/Citroën), 16 laps
11: Rickard Rydell (Sweden/Honda), +31.802s
1: José María López (Argentina/Citroën), 16 laps
10: Rickard Rydell (Sweden/Honda), +24.009s
After 7/12 rounds
1: José María López (Argentina/Citroën), 282 p.
2: Yvan Muller (France/Citroën), 243 p.
3: Sébastien Loeb (France/Citroën), 208 p.
18: Rickard Rydell (Sweden/Honda), 4 p.
21: Néstor Girolami (Argentina/Honda), 1 p.