WTCC: Double 1-2-3 for Citroen in Slovakia
In the first race Citroen confirmed it’s supremacy by winning all places at podium. Yvan Muller defended pole position and won the race in front of the champion Jose Maria Lopez and Sebastien Loeb which added more spice in the championship battle.
Rob Huff in Lada Vesta finished fourth showing consistent performance just like in the previous two days, while Hugo Valente finished fifth after excellent start and took a victory in the Gentlemen’s class in front of Gabriele Tarquini in Honda Civic.
Tom Chilton, Tiago Monteiro, Tom Coronel and debutant Nestor Girolami won remaining points in front of Stefano D’Aste, John Filippi and local favorite Mato Homola. Interestingly, six drivers failed to finish the first race.
Second race was more action packed. Ma Qing Hua again had problems and was penalized for the false start. Leader Gabriele Tarquini was on pressure by Loeb and Lopez as both Citroen drivers pushed hard to go in front of Italian. After they managed to overtake Honda driver, it was only one question – who will win.
Loeb defended first place and went through finish line with an advantage of more than three second followed by his team mates Lopez and Muller. Tarquini finished fourth and Valente fifth clinching second Gentlemen’s trophy victory of the day.
Rob Huff was forced to retire together with Tom Chilton and Nick Catsburg after collision in the late stage of the race, but another Lada driver, Jaap van Lagen, won some points taking sixth position.
Next round of the FIA World Touring Car Championship is scheduled for June 26-28 at Circuit Paul Ricard in France.