Yann Ehrlacher has achieved its first victory in the World Touring car in a chaotic opening race at Termas de Rio Hondo. While Tom Chilton was the pilot who crossed the finish line in first position, a penalty of five seconds for play to the French in the early phase of the race returned to the first position to Ehrlarcher. Mehdi Bennani and the local rider Esteban Guerrieri completed the podium in the path argentino, while Tiago Monteiro has signed a fifth very important position in a key championship, as his main rivals for the title of the WTCC have had problems or have finished behind.
Yann Ehrlacher managed to keep the first position in the output ahead of Tom Chilton who decided not to take risks against the aggression of the French. Mehdi Bennani was behind both of them and just in front of the three Volvo grill. However, the pilots of the Swedish firm drew the match to the touch between Tiago Monteiro and Norbert Michelisz, a mishap in which took the worst part of the pilot Hungarian. All in all, Tom Chilton was asserting his greater experience to beat Ehrlacher with a small touch. Despite this, the pilot of RC Motorsport managed to defend the second position.
After be leader, Tom Chilton managed to open a huge advantage over Ehrlacher, more concerned to retain Bennani. Behind, the drivers of the Volvo were surprised by a Esteban Guerrieri who managed to be placed ahead of all S60 after overcoming two claws to Thed Björk and Nicky Catsburg. The argentine did not hesitate to defend themselves with hardness of the attack, Björk, the which is the fruit of the contact with Guerrieri gave way to various positions, not only with their peers,, but also in regard to Tiago Monteiro and Rob Huff, that after leaving positions behind are coming quickly in the area of points.
The prick of Nicky Catsburg was the first tip-the race, above all in the key of the fight for the lead. Almost in parallel, and to the absolute drama of Volvo, Néstor Girolami was suffering some kind of mechanical problem that would stop his Volvo S60, which caused a large number of changes in the first positions. However, Tiago Monteiro climbed to the fifth place, just in the wake of Guerrieri, while behind the championship leader was placed Thed Björk. The only one who couldn’t take advantage of the opportunity was Rob Huff, who lost some metres over the chasing group of Tom Chilton.
however, the chase group became suddenly the head of the race in that the Tom Chilton was punished with a five seconds by the touch on Ehrlacher. In the absence of a lap, the briton was with the need to increase his lead by over five seconds. Despite the efforts of Tom Chilton, the briton could not find a few tenths extra on your Citroën C-Elysee TC1 and despite crossing the finish line first, Chilton even was on the podium. Unexpectedly, and in his debut season with a Lada which it seemed banished, Yann Ehrlacher got his first victory in the WTCC.
once you have applied the sanction of Tom Chilton, the moroccan Mehdi Bennani was left with the second position, while Esteban Guerrieri got the third square to the delight of their compatriots. Chilton had to settle for fourth place, a position that another part was being saved by just one tenth compared to Tiago Monteiro. Although the loot could have been still greater, Monteiro was once again the winner among the pilots head as Thed Björk and Rob Huff were sixth and seventh. The area of points, the completed John Filippi, Tom Coronel and Ryo Michigami.
Classification Opening Race of the WTCC 2017 in hot Springs
|1º||Yann Ehrlacher||Lada Vesta WTCC||11 turns|
|2nd||Mehdi Bennani||Citroën C-Elysée WTCC||+0.726|
|3rd||Esteban Guerrieri||Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1||+1.326|
|4th||Tom Chilton||Citroën C-Elysée WTCC||+1.573|
|5th||Tiago Monteiro||Honda Civic WTCC||+1.677|
|6th||Thed Björk||Volvo S60 WTCC||+2.322|
|7th||Rob Huff||Citroën C-Elysée WTCC||+3.668|
|8th||John Filippi||Citroën C-Elysée WTCC||+10.369|
|9th||Tom Coronel||Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1||+10.960|
|10th||Ryo Michigami||Honda Civic WTCC||+11.379|