Tom Coronel wins in the WTCC for the first time since 2013


has Not known the sweetness of victory from 2013, but the
renovated layout of Marrakech has returned to the top. Tom Coronel has
won the opening race of the WTCC in Morocco
, by taking off a thorn
that had stuck from that in this same scenario almost have to say goodbye
to season 2014, in which you had to get 300,000 euros for nothing for
repair your car after a strong accident. After the Dutch, doublet in the
podium finish for Citroën
, ‘Pechito’ López and Yvan Muller, optimizing the
performance discrete C-Elysée thanks to the inverted grid.

James Thompson managed to maintain the first position in an output
in the Citroën C-Elysée could not be hollow despite exit
much better than the rest. However, little lasting joy in the
team since Thompson is going off track. Hugo
Valens inherited the lead of the race
ahead of Tom Coronel and
‘Pechito’ López, who managed to gain a foothold ahead of Yvan
Muller and Tiago Monteiro. Norbert Michelisz yes I got pass
Gabriele Tarquini
, something that Rob Huff could not do, what you
a halt in the early stages of the race.

Quickly Rob
Huff managed to overtake a leathery Tarquini
, even though the first roll-over
important the race is produced by the Drive Through received from
Hugo Valente
, which was sanctioned by be the cause of the departure of
track James Thompson to play behind the Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1
the british pilot. All in all, Tom Coronel became the third
leader of the race
, winning all the platoon position, and leaving a
nice fight for the two thirds of the race remaining with the two
Citroën C-Elysée official stalking the pilot Dutch.


Reached the ecuador of the race the fight was focused on two fronts. ‘Pechito’ López was trying to overtake Tom Coronel for the lead of the race, while Yvan Muller lost pace since his only purpose was to defend the attacks of the three Honda Civic WTCC official who came to his wake. With more stress than attempts real overtaking, these two struggles were kept stable until the final stretch of the race, in which the Honda Civic could take advantage of the ballast extra that had the C-Elysee to try to attack you by obtaining the best condition of the tires.

however, there were no changes in the turns late and again, a private pilot was asserting its law in the race with an inverted grid. In this way, Tom Coronel is scoring the victory with the Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1, followed very closely by a ‘Pechito’ López to optimizing your result in a race in which the Citroën C-Elysée was visiblamente slower than the Honda. Yvan Muller managed to retain for its part, the third position, slowing down to a battalion of Honda riders. Tiago Monteiro was satisfied with the fourth position, followed by Norbert Michelisz and Rob Huff.

The area of points was completed in a race almost parallel by Gabriele Tarquini with the Lada, the two Citroën C-Elysée private of Tom Chilton and Mehdi Bennani, as well as by Fredrik Ekblom, who managed to rescue a point for Volvo Polestar in a circuit in which the Swedish model has suffered from since the first moment. Only Thed Björk, Grégoire Demoustier and Ferenc Ficza managed to end the race the whole time consumaban the two dropouts of Lada officers, in addition to the Chevrolet Cruze from John Filippi and James Thompson, who today lost a great opportunity.

Classification inaugural race WTCC 2016 in Marrakech

Position Pilot Vehicle Time / Difference
1 Tom Coronel Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 14 laps
2nd José Maria ‘Pechito’ López Citroën C-Elysée WTCC +3.313
3rd Yvan Muller Citroën C-Elysée WTCC +6.397
4th Tiago Monteiro Honda Civic WTCC +13.918
5th Norbert Michelisz Honda Civic WTCC +14.566
6th Rob Huff Honda Civic WTCC +29.575
7th Gabriele Tarquini Lada Vesta WTCC +34.530
8th Tom Chilton Citroën C-Elysée WTCC +47.418
9th Mehdi Bennani Citroën C-Elysée WTCC +52.927
10th Fredrik Ekblom Volvo S60 Polestar +1:48.021