Monteiro and Lopez jubilant after the WTCC Race of Slovakia

  • Tiago MOnteiro Honda
  • Jose Maria Lopez Citroen WTCC
  • Mehdi Bennani, Sebastien Loeb Racing, WTCC

The second round of the 2016 World Touring Cars Championship was held in Slovakia this weekend. Honda and Citroen had a reason to celebrate after Tiago Monteiro won the opening race and Jose Maria Lopez was the fastest in the thrilling main race.

Monteiro in form

Honda celebrated a victory in the opening race after Tiago Monteiro managed to overtake Mehdi Bennani. The Moroccan started from second place in the opening race but soon he was on the top. Hugo Valente had pole position but at the end, he was only 12th. Honda’s success in the opening race was completed with a Rob Huff’s 3rd place.

Mehdi bennani Citroen WTCC

Mehdi Bennani, Sebastien Loeb Racing, WTCC

With a ballast of 80 kg, Citroen scored points and waited for their momentum in the main race. The reigning champion Jose Maria Lopez finished 5th, behind Gabriele Tarquini in Lada. Yvan Muller was 7th, behind Honda’s Norbert Michelisz, while the remaining points went to Thed Bjork, Tom Chilton, and Fredrik Ekblom.

Former BTCC champion James Thompson returned to the series with Munnich Motorsport but failed to impress as he finished only 16th.

Lopez survives double scare

The main race was more interesting. Yvan Muller had pole position but lost it soon after Pechito Lopez overtook him. Muller was sinking from lap to lap while Nick Catsburg did a great job and soon he was on the top of the standings after the Argentinian had some problems with his Citroen.

Jose Maria Lopez Citroen WTCC

Jose Maria Lopez, Citroen WTCC

Late in the race Catsburg, Lopez and Monteiro were battling for the lead. Reigning champion zipped ahead and finally scored the second victory in 2016. Monteiro finished second to complete excellent weekend while Catsburg was third.

Thed Bjork achieved his best result finishing fourth after overtaking Norbert Michelisz in the last lap. Muller at the end was sixth and behind him finished Mehdi Bennani, Tom Chilton and Fredrik Ekblom.


Click for the complete results of the WTCC weekend in Slovakia


Photo: fiawtcc.com

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