Tom Coronel wins the 'Opening Race' of the WTCC at the Vila Real


It seems that the WTCC is governed by an unwritten rule that binds
paths urban with the victories of one of its pilots more charismatic.
Tom Coronel has taken the victory in the ‘Opening Race’ in Vila Real,
leveraging that started in the first position by the rules of grilling
reverse. Without threat given the circumstances of the runway, the private pilot has
taken his Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 to victory,
followed very closely by Tom
. Third, for its part, has been to Nicky Catsburg who, after his recital in
Russia builds a new podium to the payroll of Lada.

Tom Coronel was asserting its first position in the close out of the layout of Vila Real to be placed in the head of the race ahead of Tom Chilton, the british exceeded that of Nicky Catsburg. With great care to preserve the car for the second race, ‘Pechito’ Lopez ahead of Thed Björk asserting the good output system of the Citroën C-Elysée, being the only two advancements that were produced during the first lap. However, soon made evident the differences of rhythm between the pilots head and the official drivers from Citroen and Honda.

In this aspect, Nicky Catsburg was a real stopper, Mehdi Bennani and, by extension, to José María ‘Pechito’ Lopez, while Thed Björk slowed also to the Honda Civic of Norbert Michelisz and Rob Huff, even to the point that Huff managed to overtake Michelisz in a sort of relay to try between team mates to overcome the Volvo S60 TC1 Björk. Oblivious to these battles, a somewhat inert for the condition of urban layout, Hugo Valente had to retire with problems on his Lada Vesta, thus following the path of the disastrous Saturday joined by Gabriele Tarquini.


The race from that point on it became a real parade, since it was impossible for the faster drivers to find a gap in the narrow streets of Vila Real. In fact, I had to wait for the penultimate lap to look at the only overtake of the race, the whole time Rob Huff managed to pass Thed Björk after several laps looking for the ‘tickle’ the pilot Swedish. All in all, this advancement seemed to be insufficient for a circuit that has gained in security and has modified certain curves, but that has shown that is not valid for the ‘Opening Race’ with this new format.

Be that as it may, and as it did in Marrakech, Tom Coronel
has managed to take advantage of the peculiarities of the urban track
the win, though Tom Chilton has not made anything easy. Of
indeed, the british pilot has crossed the goal-to five-tenths of a second of the
Chevrolet of the Dutch.
Third, for its part, has been Nicky Catsburg with the
Lada, after enduring throughout the race the attacks of the Citroën C-Elysée
Mehdi Bennani and José María ‘Pechito’ Lopez, fourth and fifth respectively
in the ‘Opening Race‘.

Rob Huff finally made it to the sixth position by
ahead of Thed Björk
, while Norbert Michelisz could not beat the Volvo
the pilot’s Swedish and it had to settle with eighth position. In a
career quite discreet, Yvan Muller got the ninth position, while
Tiago Monteiro finished tenth at home, although with greater attention to not
damage to your car face to the second career, that of being able to ascend positions.
However, Monteiro knew that her great opportunity was in the
the ‘Main Race’
having the pole position of this sleeve.

Classification inaugural race WTCC 2016 in Vila Real

Position Pilot Vehicle Time / Difference
1 Tom Coronel Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 13 laps
2nd Tom Chilton Citroën C-Elysée WTCC +0.597
3rd Nicky Catsburg Lada Vesta WTCC +2.626
4th Mehdi Bennani Citroën C-Elysée WTCC +3.145
5th José Maria ‘Pechito’ López Citroën C-Elysée WTCC +3.626
6th Rob Huff Honda Civic WTCC +4.332
7th Thed Björk Volvo S60 Polestar TC1 +5.155 he
8th Norbert Michelisz Honda Civic WTCC +5.452
9th Yvan Muller Citroën C-Elysée WTCC +7.411
10th Tiago Monteiro Honda Civic WTCC +8.054