Marrakech, Race 1: Lopez leads a Citroën trio!
Tom Chilton finished fourth
José María López took a triumphal victory for the Citroën Total WTCC team.
The Argentine crossed the line first ahead of team-mates Sébastien Loeb and Yvan Muller. The three C-Elisée cars led from lights to flag, creating a huge gap between them and the rest of the field.
Tom Chilton finished fourth, but only eight seconds behind; the Briton was followed by Borković, Monteiro and local hero Bennani.
Franz Engstler dominated the TC2T class from his team-mate Di Sabatino.
— Start – López takes perfect start ahead of Loeb, Muller, Chilton, Monteiro and Borković. Münnich cuts chicane and is penalized with a drive-through for jumping the start.
— Lap 2 – Valente touches Bennani in turn 15 right ahead of Coronel. The Honda loses the rear bumper in the incident
— Lap 4 – Borković attacks Monteiro at the braking of turn 15; in the contact Monteiro loses the rear bumber and fifth position.
— Lap 5- The advantage of the Citroën trio reaches 7 seconds, with Loeb closing the gap on the leader, López.
— Lap 6 – Huff in the pits (misfiring), Morbidelli passes Kozlovskiy for 12th. Loeb posts best lap time.
— Lap 8 – Engstler leads comfortably in TC2T, ten seconds clear of Di Sabatino, with Filippi third.
— Lap 9 – Coronel (front splitter) and Morbidelli (bodywork) in the pits.
— Lap 11 – Valente jumps on the kerbs of the first chicane and loses a front dive plain.
— Lap 12 – Münnich in the pits (bent steering).
— Lap 13 – Bennani passes Michelisz for 7th in turn 5 and so does also Valente shortly after.
— Lap 14 – Triple win for the Citroëns with López, Loeb and Müller in their WTCC debut.
|1||José Maria LOPEZ||Citroen C-Elysee WTCC||14 laps - 24m40.950|
|2||Sébastien LOEB||Citroen C-Elysee WTCC||+0.713|
|3||Yvan MULLER||Citroen C-Elysee WTCC||+1.607|
|4||Tom CHILTON||Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1||+8.222|
|5||Dusan BORKOVIC||Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1||+11.849|
|6||Tiago MONTEIRO||Honda Civic WTCC||+20.495|
|7||Mehdi BENNANI||Honda Civic WTCC||+25.111|
|8||Hugo VALENTE||Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1||+29.953|
|9||Norbert MICHELISZ||Honda Civic WTCC||+44.583|
|10||James THOMPSON||LADA Granta 1.6T||+48.596|
|11||Mikhail KOZLOVSKIY||LADA Granta 1.6T||+1m03.873|
|12||Franz ENGSTLER||BMW E90 320 TC||+1m14.163|
|13||Pasquale DI SABATINO||BMW E90 320 TC||+1m37.538|
|14||John FILIPPI||SEAT Leon WTCC||+1m41.171|
|15||Gianni MORBIDELLI||Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1||+2 laps|
|16||René MUNNICH||Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1||DNF|
|17||Tom CORONEL||Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1||DNF|
|18||Rob HUFF||LADA Granta 1.6T||DNF|
|19||Peter FULIN||SEAT Leon WTCC||DNS|
|20||Gabriele TARQUINI||Honda Civic WTCC||DNS|
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