Mehdi Bennani closes the WTCC with a brilliant victory


Champion of the WTCC Trophy of private pilots, and without a doubt one
of the greatest assets of the World Touring car face-to-2017. Mehdi Bennani has
earned the victory in the main race of the WTCC at Losail
, last appointment
of the season. While few are calling for the triumph of the rider of SLR, the
moroccan made use of his pole position and endured the attacks of ‘Pechito’ Lopez in first
instance and Thed Björk during the rest of the race. The own Björk and
‘Pechito‘ have completed the podium
of a career that has led to the goodbye of the
competition for Citroën and Lada and pilots ‘Pechito’, Muller and possibly

The major output system of the Citroën C-Elysée allowed to Mehdi Bennani retain the first position in the output, and even help, inadvertently, ‘Pechito’ Lopez to advance to Thed Björk in the second curve. Clean output between the first units of the group that did not correspond with the accidents befalling behind. Robert Dahlgren was left out of the race by a touch, while Nicky Catsburg and Hugo Valente also played in the first few meters. As a result, the Safety Car made an appearance to allow the evacuation of the Volvo S60’s Swedish.

despite the romp prior to heat tires, Mehdi Bennani was holding pressure ‘Pechito’ Lopez in the resalida and managed to maintain his lead against argentina. In fact, there were no changes of positions, so that Thed Björk, Yvan Muller and Norbert Michelisz retained their initial positions. However, this apparent peace was breaking because Michelisz overtook Muller with a little touch. The final in rio in revolt, and without the need to safeguard the cars, Gabriele Tarquini fishing in troubled water in the small squad formed and stood at the sixth position after overtaking the Hondas of Monteiro and Huff.


ahead, Thed Björk was asserting that the tip speed of your Volvo to overcome ‘Pechito’ for the second position and jumping to the lead from Bennani. In fact, the pilot Swedish was soon to impose its law, and with a rate of four tenths per lap faster than that of Mehdi Bennani, not delayed to give chase to the pilot moroccan. Behind, Tiago Monteiro returned the overtaking Gabriele Tarquini with six laps to the end, at which time Daniel Nagy went into the pits to get back on track shortly after having overcome his apparent problems.

With the error of Thed Björk when I was exerting maximum
pressure, Mehdi Bennani, the race was sight for sentence. In a
career of gold and of big sensations, Mehdi Bennani crossed the finish line in
the first position, followed by the own Björk and ‘Pechito’
, they came to the
last lap with the tyres very touched. Norbert Michelisz and Tiago
Monteiro placed their two Honda Civic in fourth and fifth position, all time
that Yvan Muller fell to the sixth position. Gabriele Tarquini closed the order
week with a seventh position
, while the last points of the
season were in the lap of Huff, Coronel and Thompson.

Classification main race WTCC 2016 at Losail

Position Pilot Vehicle Time / Difference
1 Mehdi Bennani Citroën C-Elysée WTCC 15 laps
2nd Thed Björk Volvo S60 Polestar TC1 +1.176
3rd José Maria ‘Pechito’ López Citroën C-Elysée WTCC +4.815
4th Norbert Michelisz Honda Civic WTCC +10.575
5th Tiago Monteiro Honda Civic WTCC +11.827
6th Yvan Muller Citroën C-Elysée WTCC +12.390
7th Gabriele Tarquini Lada Vesta WTCC +14.994
8th Rob Huff Honda Civic WTCC +17.037
9th Tom Coronel Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 +18.379
10th James Thompson Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 +20.819