Monteiro and Colonel are leading the free of the WTCC in Marrakech


Marrakech is premiere with a new circuit semi-urban
and for the moment it seems that Honda is the best team that has adapted to the
new demands of the path moroccan. Rob Huff dominated the session testing
the first contact with the new asphalt and the new track, while
Tiago Monteiro took the fastest time in the FP1. Only a 1:21.8 marked in the
last breath by Tom Coronel with the Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 has prevented the
hat-trick of the Honda Civic. Even so, all await the awakening as usual
Citroën Racing


The first practice session was marked by the domain
, while Nicky Catsburg or ‘Pechito’ López scored the best
times at the start of the session. In the end, Tiago Monteiro was the fastest
after marking a time of 1:22.081
, record with the that was 3 mils to
his team-mate Norbert Michelisz. These records relegaban to the
in third position, ‘Pechito’ López, the only rider able to be at the height of
the Honda Civic WTCC during this first session. Mehdi Bennani with another Citroën
C-Elysee finished as the best private pilot
from the eighth position.

Along the FP1 there were a few incidents, with small outputs of track of Thed Björk and Tom Coronel. Without
however, the renewed asphalt of the path, the moroccan was improving with the passage of
the minutes and rounds, so most of the drivers improved their
times on the straight end of the session. This allowed the own Thed Björk
sneak into the fifth position
despite the scare lived and overcome Nicky
Catsburg and Hugo Valente. On this occasion, the Lada Vesta WTCC seems to not have the
sufficient performance

Classification of FP1 WTCC 2016 in Marrakech

Position Pilot Vehicle Time / Difference
1 Tiago Monteiro Honda Civic WTCC 1:22.081
2nd Norbert Michelisz Honda Civic WTCC +0.003
3rd José Maria ‘Pechito’ López Citroën C-Elysée WTCC +0.377
4th Rob Huff Honda Civic WTCC +0.380
5th Thed Björk Volvo S60 Polestar +0.630



During the FP2 the feeling came back to be domain of
Honda, but with the hue of see as the best time was for a Chevrolet RML
Cruze. Tom Coronel marked the pace in the FP2 after stopping the clock in 1:21.824,
record it reached in its last lap, almost over the flag to
boxes. This log was left without a lead to Rob Huff, who finished second with
the Honda Civic. A result that however does not hide the fact to see the
three official riders of Honda in the first five positions
, as
Michelisz and Monteiro have been fourth and fifth.

In your line, ‘Pechito’ Lopez has managed to sneak in a fourth
. Despite the 80 kilos of ballast that drags the Citroën C-Elysée and
placed in a position of disadvantage over their rivals, the pilot
argentine again to take over the real possibilities it seems
offer a car that you drag 40 kilos more than the Honda Civic. In fact, Yvan
Muller has been seventh to the middle second of its companion box
and Medhi Bennani
has not been able to move from the tenth position. However, Citroën threatens to awaken in
classification, as it did in Slovakia and Hungary.

Classification of FP2 WTCC 2016 in Marrakech

Position Pilot Vehicle Time / Difference
1 Tom Coronel Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 1:21.824
2nd Rob Huff Honda Civic WTCC +0.252
3rd José Maria ‘Pechito’ López Citroën C-Elysée WTCC +0.319
4th Norbert Michelisz Honda Civic WTCC +0.400
5th Tiago Monteiro Honda Civic WTCC +0.424