Local hero Tiago Monteiro takes pole in Vila Real


Tiago Monteiro has added the pole for the main race
of the WTCC at the Vila Real in the face of their fellow-countrymen
. The Portuguese rider of Honda has
reached the best time in the final Q3 after scoring a record of
, chrono that has enabled him to beat Yvan Muller by one tenth.
Out of the fight for the pole position has been ‘Pechito’ Lopez after committing an error
in the last braking his lap. However, the argentine -who
will fifth – has made it patent that can be rolled up to half a second faster
the rest of the pilots. Tom Coronel will come first in the ‘Opening Race’.

Q1 started under excellent conditions in, with a
high grip on the track due to the high temperatures present in Vila Real.
This allowed the pilots to be able to go fast from his first lap.
However, the faster rider ended up being Yvan Muller after stopping the
clock in 1:56.900 on the straight end of the session. ‘Pechito’ Lopez escorted
his team-mate in the first session not too many surprises.
Deleted were Hugo Valente, John Filippi, Ferenc Ficza, Grégoire
Demousiter, Gabriele Tarquini and Daniel Nagy, confirmed the low level of Lada in Portugal with
two of their three cars staying out of the game


As is the case in the free, in the Q2 of the shift
backlash was for Honda. In this case, Rob Huff finished as the pilot more
quick of the session
, exceeding by 25 thousandths to Yvan Muller and for a little less
two-tenths to ‘Pechito’ Lopez. The argentine signed a pass to the Q3 agony after making a mistake in the chicane in the second sector. Despite
this, managed to sneak ahead of Norbert Michelisz and Tiago Monteiro. The
margin of the five qualified drivers, Tom Coronel got the pole for the
race with inverted grid
by finishing in tenth position.

In Q3, the duel between Honda and Citroën became more real than ever
since the five official riders of both brands faced off in a duel to the
a quick lap. Norbert Michelisz and Rob Huff drove slow in their
respective turns after committing two errors, even though the greatest failure falling out of the
side of the Vehicle. Pechito’ Lopez had to resort to the escape of the
last curve
when I rode four-tenths better than 1:56.633 that he was worth the
pole to Tiago Monteiro
. Being slower and more reliable than his teammate, Yvan Muller
he snuck into second position.

Classification Q3 WTCC 2016 in Vila Real

Position Pilot Vehicle Time / Difference
1 Tiago Monteiro Honda Civic WTCC 1:56.633
2nd Yvan Muller Citroën C-Elysée WTCC +0.109
3rd Norbert Michelisz Honda Civic WTCC +1.740
4th Rob Huff Honda Civic WTCC +2.398
5th José Maria ‘Pechito’ López Citroën C-Elysée WTCC No Time



Citroën Racing has won the session MAC3 held in the urban layout of Vila Real. The French team has scored a time of 3:57.425, exceeding three-tenths of a Honda and in eight seconds to Lada. Precisely the formation of Russian was the first to jump to the track, but quickly saw that it had no option to fight for the best time of this ‘team time trial’, any time that Gabriele Tarquini made a mistake, which made him lose time and forced Hugo Valente and Nicky Catsburg to wait for the Italian.

The second team to jump to the track was Honda. With Tiago Monteiro at the front of the group formed by the three Civic WTCC and with Norbert Michelisz holding up the pace of their peers, the signature asian marked a 3:57.708. However, Citroën Racing managed to overcome this time with a different strategy to that of its rivals. The French firm had for the second consecutive race with Tom Chilton to dispute the MAC3, but on this occasion putting the pilot of SLR between Yvan Muller and ‘Pechito’ López. After a second round, notable, Citroën Racing stopped the chrono in the above-mentioned 3:57.425.