Gabriele Tarquini has taken victory in the race
inaugural WTCC at Losail. After an output with rugged Safety Car and
red flag is included, the veteran Italian rider has been the most ready of the
class to pull ahead of Tom Chilton and get the win. A victory that is
the icing on the cake for Lada Sport after announcing his departure from the World and to
the own Tarquini that with this decision of Lada may be at his last end
week in the championship. Tom Chilton and Rob Huff completed the podium
the first race in Losail.
Tom Chilton managed to retain first place ahead of Gabriele Tarquini with certain distress, while Tiago Monteiro climbed to third position. However, the race for the Portuguese rider ending just a few corners later. In a departure very complicated, Tiago Monteiro was played with ‘Pechito’ Lopez after receiving a push prior. The mishap that left the Portuguese out of the game and forced the departure of the Safety Car evolved into a red flag leaving Rob Huff in third position and ‘Pechito’ López in the back of the group to tackle 11 laps of the race remaining.
After check out -very slowly – the Honda Civic of Monteiro, the test is restarted with the presence of the Safety Car and a Drive Through to Mehdi Bennani for his strike with Nicky Catsburg. All in all, in the output Gabriele Tarquini was stealing the portfolio of Tom Chilton to be a leader. Rob Huff managed to retain the third position, despite the attacks of Robert Dahlgren, who, however, lost three positions three be touched for a double by Yvan Muller and Norbert Michelisz. Of bounces, Thed Björk managed to overcome his companion on the box for the sixth position.
While Gabriele Tarquini was given ‘to leak’ with the Lada Vesta,
behind Tom Chilton suffered to retain Rob Huff, relentizaba the
pace of both and allowed Muller, Michelisz and the two pilots
Volvo does not lose camber. Two steps behind, ‘Pechito’ Lopez
I got to climb to the tenth position in the wake of Nicky
Catsburg, although the manoeuvre of this to overtake James Thompson
breaking this duet of convenience. Despite this, Catsburg, Thompson and
the own ‘Pechito’ came to the rear of the group as a result
the low rate of Tom Chilton.
After the passing of ‘Pechito’ to Thompson, no longer had
place for more changes before the checkered flag. Gabriele Tarquini signed
its 22nd win in the WTCC ahead of Tom Chilton and Rob Huff. Yvan Muller
they crossed the finish line in fourth position, closely followed by the Hungarian Norbert
Michelisz. The pair of Volvo formed this weekend by Thed Björk and
Robert Dahlgren held the sixth and seventh place, while Nicky Catsburg
and ‘Pechito’ Lopez were octane and ninth. The area of points the closed with
certain troubles James Thompson after losing pace in the last lap.
Classification inaugural race WTCC 2016 at Losail
|Position||Pilot||Vehicle||Time / Difference|
|1||Gabriele Tarquini||Lada Vesta WTCC||14 laps|
|2nd||Tom Chilton||Citroën C-Elysée WTCC||+5.321|
|3rd||Rob Huff||Honda Civic WTCC||+5.930|
|4th||Yvan Muller||Citroën C-Elysée WTCC||+7.608|
|5th||Norbert Michelisz||Honda Civic WTCC||+9.070|
|6th||Thed Björk||Volvo S60 Polestar TC1||+9.675|
|7th||Robert Dahlgren||Volvo S60 Polestar TC1||+10.255|
|8th||Nicky Catsburg||Lada Vesta WTCC||+10.871|
|9th||José Maria ‘Pechito’ López||Citroën C-Elysée WTCC||+11.591|
|10th||James Thompson||Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1||+15.375|