José Maria ‘Pechito’ López is a double World Touring car. The argentine has made history and becomes the third pilot to get two consecutive titles in the WTCC, following Andy Priaulx and Yvan Muller. A milestone that has come by in the fast lane as ‘Pechito’ has achieved the pole position and the victory in the first race, the easiest way to go champion Chang International Circuit. Buriram and Thailand have also witnessed the victory of Tiago Monteiro in the second race, held in the evening.
‘Pechito’ López was asserting its pole to jump
outside of the first angle and to avoid that nobody could get the slipstream in the
very long straight path thai. The gaul
Sébastien Loeb is placed second, while Muller and Ma Qing Hua were played in the first angle. A preview of the drama of the French
as one of the first turns,
Yvan Muller is going to the gravel after
touching with Valente and Michelisz
. The driver of the Vehicle had to
leave, while the leader of the Independents he returned to the box for
repair your Honda, but eventually also abandoned.
Nicky Catsburg, Tom Coronel and Nico Lapierre
were out of the race
. The Safety Car after the second accident was unavoidable
to be three cars in one of the loopholes of the plot.
is reemprendía with 12 pilots
on the track and with a ‘Pechito’ who was holding on to the rush
Loeb. With a rhythm endiablado, contained the attacks of the pilot
Ma Qing Hua was third place to advance, Mehdi
Bennani, while Tom Chilton was becoming the best driver not to Citroën in
the fifth position.
Gabriele Tarquini climbed to the sixth place after the chaos
Tom Chilton dropped by a mechanical problem, leaving via
free Gabriele Tarquini to continue his comeback in the run up to the fifth position. For its part,
Rob Huff got
pass Tiago Monteiro
in the struggle for the sixth place, in the only two
changes of position in the final stretch of the race. Without opposition, as in the
rest of the season,
Pechito Lopez got the victory and the title. The pilot of argentine was proclaimed champion of the WTCC in Buriram, the city of happiness. Your smile eclipsed without a doubt podium finish for Loeb and Ma Qing Hua.
Classification first race in fia WTCC 2015 in Thailand
|Position||Pilot||Vehicle||Time / Difference|
|1||José Maria ‘Pechito’ López||Citroën C-Elysée WTCC||29:10.403|
|2nd||Sébastien Loeb||Citroën C-Elysée WTCC||+1.380|
|3rd||Ma Qing Hua||Citroën C-Elysée WTCC||+6.376|
|4th||Mehdi Bennani||Citroën C-Elysée WTCC||+7.202|
|5th||Gabriele Tarquini||Honda Civic WTCC||+14.500|
|6th||Rob Huff||Lada Vesta||+15.177|
|7th||Tiago Monteiro||Honda Civic WTCC||+18.493|
|8th||Stefano D Aste||Chevrolet Cruze TC1 WTCC||+21.004|
|9th||Grégoire Demoustier||Chevrolet Cruze TC1 WTCC||+22.830|
|10th||Tin Sritrai||Chevrolet Cruze TC1 WTCC||+27.419|
At sunset and with the lights of the TC1 lit, started the second race. Norbert Michelisz maintained the first position in spite of attacks from Monteiro. The caravan Citroën managed to advance several positions and Loeb stood at the fourth position, with Ma Qing Hua and ‘Pechito’ in its wake. She could not say the same of the fourth member of the team, since Yvan Muller returned to give up a touch with Medhi Benanni. The disastrous weekend the French rider ended up with zero points, a trend that almost could also apply to the leader of Independent.
Norbert Michelisz suffered a Drive Throught for not respecting the rules of the closed park, which left him without options in a race that was already leading Tiago Monteiro. The Portuguese had managed to overtake prior to the pilot Hungarian and escaped with comfort before the good defense that Tom Chilton exerted on the Citroën C-Elysée. In fact, come the halfway point of the race only Sébastien Loeb had managed to overcome the Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1, but a missed braking Chilton allowed to Ma Qing Hua to ascend to the last position of the podium. For his part, ‘Pechito’ is trapped after Gabriele Tarquini.
Or so it seemed, as the newly crowned champion let us go a move more to the memory. ‘Pechito’ hurried braking to the limits and managed to overtake Tarquini and Chilton at one stroke. The argentine was going to be fourth after having to defend his position in second instance with tooth and nail. A maneuver perfect for putting the finishing touch to a race in which Tiago Monteiro got the victory. Podium finish for Loeb and Ma Qing Hua. ‘Pechito’ López said its fourth position just before the end of the race. A red flag for lack of light can put a abrupt.
Ranking second race WTCC 2015 in Thailand
|Position||Pilot||Vehicle||Time / Difference|
|1||Tiago Monteiro||Honda Civic WTCC||16:39.856|
|2nd||Sébastien Loeb||Citroën C-Elysée WTCC||+2.062|
|3rd||Ma Qing Hua||Citroën C-Elysée WTCC||+7.784|
|4th||José Maria ‘Pechito’ López||Citroën C-Elysée WTCC||+12.596|
|5th||Tom Chilton||Chevrolet Cruze TC1 WTCC||+13.815|
|6th||Gabriele Tarquini||Honda Civic WTCC||+14.076|
|7th||Rob Huff||Lada Vesta||+14.671|
|8th||Medhi Bennani||Citroën C-Elysée WTCC||+15.118|
|9th||Grégoire Demoustier||Chevrolet Cruze TC1 WTCC||+18.301|
|10th||Tin Sritrai||Chevrolet Cruze TC1 WTCC||+19.705|