Lopez heads Citroen's 1-2 in the WTCC main race at Hungaroring

  • Jose Maria Lopez

Citroen driver Jose Maria Lopez is the winner of the main race of the WTCC Race of Hungary. The Argentinian scored probably the easiest victory this year despite difficult conditions at Hungaroring.

Lopez was calm enough

Reigning champion Lopez had pole position for the main race while local hero Michelisz was unlucky as he had to start from the last place because of the penalty. Yvan Muller started well, just as in the opening race, and took second place from Coronel, but Rob Huff soon managed to overtake former champion.

On the wet track, all the drivers had to be very cautious, even more than in the opening race, but the battle Muller and Huff was very exciting. The safety car was deployed on lap 4 after Demoustiere crashed what reduced the gaps between the cars but after the restart standings at the top of the grid were the same.

Great battle between Muller and Huff

In lap 10, Huff again passed by Muller but the Honda driver later got a drive-through penalty and dropped to 9th, leaving two Citroens in the battle for victory. At the end, Pechito Lopez was faster than Muller to clinch a third win in 2016 and maintained the lead in the championship, while Tiago Monteiro in Honda finished third.

WTCC Race of Hungary

WTCC race at Hungaroring

Thed Bjork in Volvo did well to finish fourth while Tom Chilton must be happy with fifth place after being at the podium in the opening race. Rob Huff somehow moved up to 6th, leaving Tom Chilton in 7th position. Rest of the points went to Mehdi Bennani, Hugo Valente and Norbert Michelisz who was fifth at some point of the race, but late car failure pushed him back.

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