Pechito López takes pole in Buriram


Pole position and victory. That is the goal of ‘Pechito’ López in the day most decisive of the season. Both are essential to finish as a champion of the fia WTCC on the fast track and time the first part has been already fulfilled. José María López has won his sixth pole of the season in the Chang International Circuit. The argentine has shown to be authoritarian in Q3 to overcome the rest of the squad Citroën present in the session. Sébastien Loeb will be out in second position. For his part, the inverted grid leaves Norbert Michelisz as poleman of the second race in Buriram.

The path thai is having a debut is very positive in the WTCC, although it has room for improvement. In any case, the qualifying session has been quite exciting and has left surprises everywhere, even from the Q1. ‘Pechito’ was made with the best time, demonstrating the higher rate of the C-Elysée. The surprise however came behind as they Gabriele Tarquini was excluded from the Q2 after finishing thirteenth in the general classification. A deletion that almost knocks at the door of Yvan Muller, in an action little in keeping with what is in game the French.

there were Also surprises less positive. In the Q2 there was a fault in the monitors of times, which caused some chaos in the teams and riders at the time to cope with his second flying lap and looking for a time thinking in the inverted grid for the second race. Almost blind, Norbert Michelisz finished tenth and will be poleman of the second sleeve, something that has not been able to get Rob Huff and 35 thousandths of a second. The five Citroën C-Elysée passed to Q3 with Mehdi Bennani marking the fastest time.


In the decisive Q3, the fight was between the official drivers of
Citroën, as a posteriori Medhi Bennani lost his fast time to the
having exceeded the track limits
, being relegated
automatically to the fifth position, despite having achieved the
fourth-best time in the session. In any case, in Q3 not
there was no room for surprises because ‘Pechito’ López was taken out of the
sleeve a great 1:37.916
to get the pole, exceeding two-tenths to
Sébastien Loeb and three to Yvan Muller. Ma Qing Hua got the fourth
square for the first race.

A first career that you will have to
the five Citroën C-Elysée to spearhead the grid. In the sixth position
start Hugo Valente
at the controls of the Chevrolet RML Crossing TC1,
while Nicky Catsburg from the seventh position has been the best
Lada. The noble area of the grill the complete Tom Chilton, Tiago
Monteiro and Norbert Michelisz
, as we have said will be the poleman of the
the second sleeve. A second race in which Honda has a great
opportunity to fight for the victory, something that obviously is
impossible in the first race of the weekend in Buriram.

Classification of the Q3 of the fia WTCC 2015 in Thailand

Position Pilot Vehicle Time / Difference
1 José Maria ‘Pechito’ López Citroën C-Elysée WTCC 1:37.916
2nd Sébastien Loeb Citroën C-Elysée WTCC +0.269
3rd Yvan Muller Citroën C-Elysée WTCC +0.315
4th Ma Qing Hua Citroën C-Elysée WTCC +0.417
5th Mehdi Bennani Citroën C-Elysée WTCC No Time