Macau, Race 1: López scores a record victory

His tenth seasonal success

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By Olivier Ferret

16 November 2014 - 05:06
Macau, Race 1: López scores a record (...)

José María López has added the Macau diamond to his 2014 crown by winning authoritatively Race 1 at the Guia Circuit.

The Argentine pulled away from pole at the start and kept control of the race, although is gap was never very consistent, ending with a 2.7-second margin. With this tenth seasonal success, the Citroën driver broke the record of most wins in the same season (Muller had scored 9 in 2012). He also became, after Augusto Farfus and Norbert Michelisz, the third WTCC driver victorious at Macau on his first appearance.

Behind López, a compact Honda trio composed of Michelisz, Tarquini and Monteiro, who conducted an impressive race proving the excellent race pace of the Japanese cars. They were followed by Muller and Loeb, who ran third in the initial laps, with the Citroën cars being less dominating today.

Franz Engstler won among the TC2T cars.

Key moments
 Start – Excellent start of López and Michelisz, with Tarquini and Monteiro who pass Muller too
 Lap 1 – Scary moment for Michelisz in one of the braking points, but the Hungarian manages to stay on track and keep 2nd, while López in the lead pulls away. Loeb is 3rd ahead of Tarquini, Monteiro, Muller, Coronel, Huff, Valente and Ma. Chilton is only 16th after a poor start
 Lap 2 – Ma passes Valente for 9th and attacks Huff
 Lap 3 – Loeb attacks Michelisz at Lisboa but is forced to go wide, being passed by Tarquini, Monteiro and Muller. Ma is 8th after passing Huff
 Lap 5 – Bad luck for the Asian drivers of Campos Racing: Kwong hits the wall at san Francisco, and Lok does the same at Melco hairpin
 Lap 6 – Valente stops in the pits, while Bennani passes Huff for 9th
 Lap 7 – Muller and Loeb increase the pressure on the Honda cars, but situation doesn’t change
 Lap 8 – López leads by 4.5 seconds on the Honda trio. Drama for Bennani, as the Moroccan is surprised by a move of Kwong, hits the SEAT, crashes into wall and retires
 Lap 10 – Monteiro tries to pass Tarquini (whose bonnet hood is swinging) at Lisboa, but with no success. López wins ahead of the three Honda cars and team-mates Muller and Loeb. Engstler takes success in TC2T

Pos. Driver Car Time
1 José Maria LOPEZ Citroen C-Elysee WTCC 10 laps - 24m50.183
2 Norbert MICHELISZ Honda Civic WTCC +2.741
3 Gabriele TARQUINI Honda Civic WTCC +3.661
4 Tiago MONTEIRO Honda Civic WTCC +4.055
5 Yvan MULLER Citroen C-Elysee WTCC +4.589
6 Sébastien LOEB Citroen C-Elysee WTCC +5.186
7 Tom CORONEL Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 +9.338
8 Ma QING HUA Citroen C-Elysee WTCC +10.008
9 Rob HUFF LADA Granta 1.6T +15.548
10 Gianni MORBIDELLI Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 +19.201
11 James THOMPSON LADA Granta 1.6T +19.947
12 Tom CHILTON Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 +27.894
13 Mikhail KOZLOVSKIY LADA Granta 1.6T +52.601
14 Franz ENGSTLER BMW E90 320 TC +83.715
15 René MUNNICH Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 +119.115
16 John FILIPPI Seat Leon WTCC +122.667
17 Filipe DE SOUZA BMW E90 320 TC +124.627
18 Ka Lok MAK BMW E90 320 TC + 1 lap
19 Henry KWONG Seat Leon WTCC + 1 lap
20 Mehdi BENNANI Honda Civic WTCC + 2 laps
21 Hugo VALENTE Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 DNF
22 Williams LOK Seat Leon WTCC DNF
23 Pepe ORIOLA Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 DNS

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