'Pechito' and Monteiro lead the free WTCC in Qatar


Jose Maria ‘Pechito’ Lopez and Tiago Monteiro have been the
fastest riders
in the two free WTCC appearances in the day of the
Thursday at Losail. In a round atypical, by the dates chosen for your dispute
and by the usual thermal gradient that suffers the track between session and day
the dispute under the glare of artificial night, the pilots had
met with certain problems to find the rhythm. All in all, input the
night and the temperatures are cooler, Tiago Monteiro have scored a 2:01.476,
record that will serve as a reference for the concentrated day of Friday.


‘Pechito’ Lopez clocked the fastest time in the first
at the wheel of his Citroën C-Elysée in the that is his last weekend
in the WTCC. The argentine has stopped the clock in a time of 2:02.182
in the final stretch of the session, then get back on track after the red flag
caused by Daniel Nagy
. The pilot of Zengo has been the protagonist of the one
mishap of the session after being stuck in one of the loopholes. After
dominate for much of FP1, Hugo Valente has finally been second to
six-tenths of a ‘Pechito’

In the third position has located Thed Björk with the first
the Volvo S60
, while Robert Dahlgren finished in the wake of
his partner in his return to the WTCC with Polestar Cyan Racing. For his part, Rob
Huff has placed the first Honda Civic in the fifth position
, even though the british pilot
it has been a second ‘Pechito’. For his part, Mehdi Bennani has
finished as the best private pilot from the tenth place, any time that the
pilot moroccan stood ahead of Tarquini, Catsburg, Muller and Monteiro,
these last two are in full fight for the runner-up position

Classification of FP1 WTCC 2016 at Losail

Position Pilot Vehicle Time / Difference
1 José Maria ‘Pechito’ López Citroën C-Elysée WTCC 2:02.182
2nd Hugo Valente Lada Vesta WTCC +0.621
3rd Thed Björk Volvo S60 Polestar TC1 +0.867
4th Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 Polestar TC1 +0.999
5th Rob Huff Honda Civic WTCC +1.018



With the night in qatar on the circuit and with the floodlights on artificial full performance, Tiago Monteiro has signed the best log of the day to stop the clock in 2:01.476. The Honda pilot has left as well his stamp on the first of the two-day competitive at Losail, and has done so to lead 64 thousandths his teammate Norbert Michelisz. Repeating the speed and the good feelings shown during the session day, Hugo Valente has been located in the third position to three-tenths of the time of reference, with the firm intention to close the phase of Lada in the WTCC with a good result.

With all has not been a session of relaxation for Tiago Monteiro after suffering a touch to bring the limit to a set of tires that still had not entered temperature. Despite entering the pits to repair your Honda Civic, the red flag is caused to be displayed by Tom Coronel, who has suffered the desllantado of a wheel, has allowed the Portuguese to get back on track to clinch the first position. To six-tenths of a Monteiro, has located this time ‘Pechito’ Lopez, while the fifth place has been for Gabriele Tarquini. From the seventh position, Daniel Nagy has been the best private pilot.

Classification of FP2 WTCC 2016 at Losail

Position Pilot Vehicle Time / Difference
1 Tiago Monteiro Honda Civic WTCC 2:01.476
2nd Norbert Michelisz Honda Civic WTCC +0.064
3rd Hugo Valente Lada Vesta WTCC +0.318
4th José Maria ‘Pechito’ López Citroën C-Elysée WTCC +0.676
5th Gabriele Tarquini Lada Vesta WTCC +0.693