Gabriele Tarquini wins in the rain at Moscow Raceway


historic Race for Lada Sport at home. The manufacturer
Russian has achieved his first double in the WTCC in the opening race in the
Moscow Raceway after take advantage of the perfect conditions of rain
present in the track. Gabriele Tarquini has been given the task of adding the
in the test organised by the Lada, while Nicky
Catsburg has been the second classified. Yvan Muller completed the podium
a sleeve in which the comeback of the Lada Vesta has been the most
attractive. James Thompson is the best private pilot.

After a boot aborted by the rain and a new start procedure for a race declared wet, Tiago Monteiro managed to keep his first place with the rubber rain. However, the Portuguese saw it as the ‘battalion’ Citroën we ate the toast. We will first ahead of Yvan Muller, after Mehdi Bennani in a maneuver in which Monteiro almost out of track with the moroccan and the circle closed ‘Pechito’ Lopez getting pass the Honda on the first lap. With the Civic WTCC in trouble, Gabriele Tarquini managed to trace up to the fourth position, while Nicky Catsburg ascended to the sixth position.

The condition of hat-trick of the Citroën C-Elysée is broke with an overtaking with included touch from Gabriele Tarquini, which was at the podium taking advantage of the high performance of the Lada Vesta WTCC in wet conditions, as already demonstrated during the Saturday. Catsburg confirmed this reality ahead out to Tiago Monteiro and embarking on the hunt for ‘Pechito’. Before the first half of the race Gabriele Tarquini stood at the second position and gave chase to Yvan Muller, while Nicky Catsburg and took off in the middle to ‘Pechito’ and Bennani in a blink of an eye.


With a Drive Through for Norbert Michelisz and Tom Coronel, the recital
Lada was born with five laps
to the end with Nicky
Catsburg reached the second position, overtaking Yvan Muller,
while the pair Hugo Valente managed to snatch the fourth
position ‘Pechito’ Lopez. In this way, the last few laps were a
walk triumphant to the brand of house and ended with the victory of
Gabriele Tarquini and the second position of Nicky Catsburg
, success in addition
comes watered by the good prospects for the second race of the

The podium in the inaugural race in Moscow the
completed Yvan Muller
, every time that the French took advantage of its good
start of the race so as not to be reached by Hugo Valente, who finally
he was fourth. Jose Maria ‘Pechito’ Lopez finished in fifth position and
although he had a role a little bit blurred, in the end, the argentine
managed to finish ahead of Tiago Monteiro, perhaps his only rival
in the classification despite the exclusion of Honda in Marrakech. By
its part, the seventh position was for Rob Huff with the other Honda Civic
after completing a race against.

The eighth was
finally, for James Thompson, best private pilot
and winner of the
test in the WTCC Trophy after overcoming a Mehdi Bennani who had
a career of more to less until it falls from the nearby stalls at the
podium until the ninth square. For his part, the top ten closed Norbert
Michelisz despite their repeated outputs of the track and the sanction
, the whole time behind the Chevrolet Cruze and especially the
Volvo S60 had serious problems to be competitive in the wet.

Classification inaugural race WTCC 2016 in Moscow

Position Pilot Vehicle Time / Difference
1 Gabriele Tarquini Lada Vesta WTCC 15 laps
2nd Nicky Catsburg Lada Vesta WTCC +4.782
3rd Yvan Muller Citroën C-Elysée WTCC +16.062
4th Hugo Valente Lada Vesta WTCC +23.683
5th José Maria ‘Pechito’ López Citroën C-Elysée WTCC +28.092
6th Tiago Monteiro Honda Civic WTCC +28.803
7th Rob Huff Honda Civic WTCC +29.266
8th James Thompson Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 +30.164
9th Mehdi Bennani Citroën C-Elysée WTCC +35.037
10th Norbert Michelisz Honda Civic WTCC +43.985