'Pechito' Lopez wins the main race of Shanghai


Every time is more near the end of the season and their march. For this reason, at every opportunity that you have shown because it is three-time. Jose Maria ‘Pechito’ Lopez has achieved his eighth
victory of the season
in the main race of the World Touring car in
Shanghai with a dash dreamed. Perfect output, ritmo endiablado and absolute superiority.
Podium finish for Yvan Muller -that leaves sentenced the runner-up position – and Mehdi Bennani.
The pilot moroccan with this result get certify mathematically the
title of the WTCC Trophy of private pilots after a discreet career of Tom

The Citroën C-Elysée asserted their great output system and the arrival of the first curve ‘Pechito’ López, Yvan Muller and Mehdi Bennani copaban the first three positions before the disastrous departure of Nicky Catsburg. Nor was it the best start Thed Björk after adding his first win in the WTCC, as the pilot Swedish lost two positions in the output with Gabriele Tarquini and Fredrik Ekblom. In spite of everything, the first lap was much cleaner than in the opening race on the weekend and all the riders managed to overcome this phase of the race without any major hints.

With the Citroen drivers in the lead, the race this time it broke and with a great return on 1:52.2, ‘Pechito’ Lopez put land of by means in relation to Muller and Bennani, which in turn got more than a second ahead of Catsburg. In fact, the positions are stabilised in the head and the main battles were taking place in the central area of the group with Tom Chilton missing the eighth position in favour of Tiago Monteiro. For his part, Rob Huff ahead of Hugo Valente, after a mistake of the French to try to overtake Michelisz.


Thed Björk ascended to the sixth position at the expense of Fredrik Ekblom in a move orchestrated by Volvo when they meet the first third of the race. A logical step, every time that Björk with more pace we pulled over Gabriele Tarquini, although the pilot Swedish had serious problems at the time of being able to attack the Italian. In fact, none of the top ten finishers were in a position to attack their rivals, pursuing a career in pace at which ‘Pechito’ Lopez signed his superiority based roll consistently three tenths faster than the rest.

The script of the race remained unchanged in the last five laps, so that ‘Pechito’ López has signed an eighth win of the season. Second, for its part had Yvan Muller, which, coupled with the delayed position of Tiago Monteiro left almost sentenced the runner-up position in favor of the French rider of the Vehicle. With the job more than done with the title of riders, constructors, and the second position in the championship nearly secured, the other great cause of joy for the signature gala came of the hand of the podium Mehdi Benanni, which served to certify your title of the Trophy WTCC.

Quarter ended dutchman Nicky Catsburg, still the best
pilot of Lada at the end of a couple of seconds ahead of Gabriele
Tarquini. Sixth for his part was Fredrik Ekblom, every time that Volvo undid the
movement preliminary and Thed Björk returned the position to its partner, box.
All in all, Tiago Monteiro crossed the finish line in eighth position, just ahead
Tom Chilton and Tom Coronel. The british, who looked like he lost all
options to get to the last appointment of the season with the chance of winning the
WTCC trophy, at least I was able to hold the attacks of the Dutch.

Classification main race WTCC 2016 in Shanghai

Position Pilot Vehicle Time / Difference
1 José Maria ‘Pechito’ López Citroën C-Elysée WTCC 15 laps
2nd Yvan Muller Citroën C-Elysée WTCC +11.037
3rd Mehdi Bennani Citroën C-Elysée WTCC +12.742
4th Nicky Catsburg Lada Vesta WTCC +13.205
5th Gabriele Tarquini Lada Vesta WTCC +15.715
6th Fredrik Ekblom Volvo S60 Polestar TC1 +18.176
7th Thed Björk Volvo S60 Polestar TC1 +18.516
8th Tiago Monteiro Honda Civic WTCC +23.878
9th Tom Chilton Citroën C-Elysée WTCC +24.700
10th Tom Coronel Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 +26.509