'Pechito' Lopez defeats the heroic in Slovakia Ring


It never should be given to the champion for the terminally ill! Despite
drag vibration problems in his Citroën C-Elysée, ‘Pechito’ Lopez has
earned the victory in the main race of the WTCC at Slovakia Ring
. The
argentinian driver has overcome in the last instance to Nicky Catsburg to take
with the triumph. Although the pilot of Lada has dreamed of the triumph over great
part of the race, finally Catsburg has been third behind Tiago
Monteiro, the man of reference of Honda Racing. Victory between the riders
deprived of the WTCC Trophy for Mehdi Bennani
with the Citroën C-Elysée SLR

With Nicky Catsburg nailed in the output and Yvan Muller, reacting late, ‘Pechito’ López was in the lead on the first curve, stealing your wallet once more to his companion of Citroën, which even looked passed by an Catsburg that rush very well the braking after your initial error. Behind the pilots on the podium were the three official riders of Honda with Tiago Monteiro leading the persecution, very closely followed by Rob Huff and Norbert Michelisz. Valente, Björk, Bennani and Chilton were in charge of closing the top ten after the first lap.

With this career profile and taking advantage of the first bars, ‘Pechito’ López was gaining 1.5 seconds ahead of Nicky Catsburg. The pilot Dutch had a lower rate, causing a real ‘train’ with Muller, Monteiro, Huff and Michelisz trying to overcome the Lada Vesta. However, the race was a roll-over in full and in seconds, ‘Pechito’ López was accused to vibration problems in his Citroën C-Elysée, being overtaken by Catsburg. To the couple, Yvan Muller fell to the eighth position after being passed by the Honda riders, to be touched by Huff and in the second instance advance by Valente and Björk.


The joy didn’t last long in Lada since Hugo Valente went off track when he fought for the seventh position, though all the attention of the Russian team with Gabriele Tarquini and Hugo Valente in positions very late, passed by the leader. Nicky Catsburg managed to consolidate their first position until endosarle a second to ‘Pechito’ López, more concerned with trying to survive to the technical problems of your Automobile, and endure the attacks of the three Honda Civic, which again in battalion abalanzaban on the argentine. With four laps to the end, the insistence of the Civic was on the rise.

However, the pressure of Honda riders fed
champion, who almost was bouncing back from its ashes. ‘Pechito’ Lopez added the
victory in Slovakia
after overtaking in a great maneuver to Nicky Catsburg, which
I could not bear the pressure. In fact, Tiago Monteiro crossed the finish line second,
followed by Catsburg and Thed Björk, who got with her room since the best
result the Volvo V60 TC1. Norbert Michelisz was fifth after being overtaken by
the pilot Swedish in the last bar, although it did not reach the box at the drags
a prick. With Rob Huff out of the race, Yvan Muller managed to be sixth,
followed by Mehdi Bennani as the winner of the Trophy WTCC

Classification main race WTCC 2016 in Slovakia Ring

Position Pilot Vehicle Time / Difference
1 José Maria ‘Pechito’ López Citroën C-Elysée WTCC 12 rounds
2nd Tiago Monteiro Honda Civic WTCC +0.700
3rd Nicky Catsburg Lada Vesta WTCC +3.260
4th Thed Björk Volvo S60 Polestar +3.868
5th Norbert Michelisz Honda Civic WTCC +4.620
6th Yvan Muller Citroën C-Elysée WTCC +4.737
7th Mehdi Bennani Citroën C-Elysée WTCC +5.262
8th Tom Chilton Citroën C-Elysée WTCC +of 5950
9th Fredrik Ekblom Volvo S60 Polestar +7.551
10th Tom Coronel Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1