Victory of Tom Chilton in the epic comeback 'Pechito'


Tom Chilton has added his first win with the Citroën
C-Elysée in Termas de Rio Hondo
after curdle a perfect
output in the opening race of the fia WTCC. The uk has taken advantage of his time
and has managed to withstand the attacks of Rob Huff and Yvan Muller to sign up your
fourth victory in the championship. In a key championship, assault null as
Tiago Monteiro has finished fourth and was barely able to cut the gap to the leader
of the World. In a performance of pride after leaving last one replace the
engine, ‘Pechito’ Lopez has been ripening for a comeback capitalized until the fifth

The opening race of the WTCC in Termas de Rio Hondo
began with more changes than usual for the investment of the grill already
‘Pechito’ Lopez replaced the engine of his Citroën C-Elysée optimizing the
and starting in the last position of the grid in a track in the
that is more easy to overtake. The margin of this circumstance, Tom Chilton is
standing leader after overtaking John Filippi
in the output, saving both the
fight four cars in parallel that are produced just behind and in that
imposing Rob Huff. A resilient Yvan Muller placed fourth.

Esteban Guerrieri with problems began to assign positions,
in a situation contrary to that of his countryman and leader of the fia WTCC. ‘Pechito’ Lopez
I got to climb to the tenth place in the first two turns after leaving
several overtaking a lot of mastery and overcoming in the last instance to the
own Guerrieri, who had to leave to try that Campos Racing
able to repair his Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 in the face of the main race of the end
week. On the asphalt, the fight for the podium and the advancement of ‘Pechito’
Lopez to James Thompson for the ninth position
protagonizaban the action come
the equator of the test.


After several attempts, Rob Huff managed to overtake John
Filippi for the second position
, critical point since in an open-and-close
of eyes the driver of Campos Racing also lost position with Yvan Muller and
Tiago Monteiro. The fall of performance of Filippi caused to a halt in the
group Coronel, Michelisz and Bennani
. This circumstance was exploited by
‘Pechito’ López to overtake three drivers in just a lap. The
comeback of the argentine star was completed just a few corners after that
‘Pechito’ Lopez launched an attack on the fifth position of John Filippi at the end of the
straight back

The last two laps did not allow changes in head what
resulted in the victory of Tom Chilton, in spite of the pressure exerted by
Rob Huff and Yvan Muller
, immersed in their own battle for the last two
steps of the podium. A step behind crossed the finish line Tiago Monteiro, unable to
take advantage of the opportunity of cutting points all time ‘Pechito’ Lopez
finished in fifth place. Michelisz, Coronel and Bennani
crossed the finish line in sixth, seventh and eighth position
after a great battle in
the laying on of James Thompson, and a bottomless John Filippi.

Classification inaugural race WTCC 2016 in hot Springs

Position Pilot Vehicle Time / Difference
1 Tom Chilton Citroën C-Elysée WTCC 13 laps
2nd Rob Huff Honda Civic WTCC +0.792
3rd Yvan Muller Citroën C-Elysée WTCC +1.384
4th Tiago Monteiro Honda Civic WTCC +2.471
5th José Maria ‘Pechito’ López Citroën C-Elysée WTCC +7.646
6th Norbert Michelisz Honda Civic WTCC +9.897
7th Tom Coronel Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 +11.258
8th Mehdi Bennani Citroën C-Elysée WTCC +13.150
9th James Thompson Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 +15.333
10th John Filippi Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 +17.352