Doublet of Néstor Girolami in the free Motegi


It has become almost tradition. If in Termas de Rio Hondo was Esteban Guerrieri who set the pace in the first free practice sessions in his debut with the Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1, something similar has happened in Motegi, but in this case with a Volvo S60 Polestar TC1 as the protagonist. Néstor Girolami has set the standard in the two sessions of free in which it has been his debut competitive with the vehicle Swedish after completing a test in the hot Springs. The argentine is currently the man of the day before the discreet home of Citroën and Honda.


Come and kiss the holy. Seems to be a specialty among the argentinian pilots and this has been accomplished in Motegi all time Néstor Girolami finished first in the FP1 after stopping the clock in a time of 1:56.437 at the controls of the Volvo S60 Polestar TC1. Despite being a ‘rookie’ on the machine Swedish, Girolami has managed to give great visibility to the brand in her first session with the vehicle belonging to Robert Dalhgren. Second, for its part, has been Nicky Catsburg, although the pilot of Lada has left 1.4 seconds on the argentine.

While Volvo and Lada, filling the head -see the third post Björk-, both Citroën and Honda completed a start a lot more discreet despite the fourth place joined by Yvan Muller, and the fifth ‘Pechito’ Lopez, both at the wheel of the Citroën C-Elysée’s official team of the brand. And is that dates back to the eighth position to find Rob Huff as the best driver of the Honda. The brand competes at home, but for the first time, receives 80 kilos of ballast and maximum that can be noticed. John Filippi was tenth and best independent pilot.

Classification of FP1 WTCC 2016 at Motegi

Position Pilot Vehicle Time / Difference
1 Néstor Girolami Volvo S60 Polestar TC1 1:56.437
2nd Nicky Catsburg Lada Vesta WTCC +1.420
3rd Thed Björk Volvo S60 Polestar TC1 +1.475
4th Yvan Muller Citroën C-Elysée WTCC +1.697
5th José Maria ‘Pechito’ López Citroën C-Elysée WTCC +1.865



In the second session the script was repeated. Nestor Girolami, with a time of 1:57.646 ended up at the front of the FP2. This time, slower than in FP1 due to the increasing heat, allowed the pilot to argentina to overcome in 85 thousandths Tom Chilton, best private pilot at the controls of the Citroën C-Elysée of SLR. Following the footsteps of his teammate, Mehdi Bennani is noted in the third position, followed by John Filippi, ‘Pechito’ López e Yvan Muller. Although Citroën in this session, yes I got to take a step forward, Honda it seems that still has not been able to find the tune perfect with the new ballast.

In any case, the best Honda Civic WTCC has been to the Tiago Monteiro from the seventh place. The Portuguese has finished half a second of the reference time, the registry has served to overcome to Nicky Catsburg and his Lada, Thed Björk with the other Volvo S60 and Tom Coronel. However, the pilot Dutch does not promise to be a rival of the strongest rider of the category at least in the first term as Tom Coronel will start from the bottom of the grid for the first race to replace the engine of your Chevrolet.

Classification of FP2 WTCC 2016 at Motegi

Position Pilot Vehicle Time / Difference
1 Néstor Girolami Volvo S60 Polestar TC1 1:57.646
2nd Tom Chilton Citroën C-Elysée WTCC +0.085
3rd Mehdi Bennani Citroën C-Elysée WTCC +0.273
4th John Filippi Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 +0.379
5th José Maria ‘Pechito’ López Citroën C-Elysée WTCC +0.410