Nordschleife, Race 2 : López rules the Nordschleife
Perfect weekend for the Citroën driver
José María López doubled up at FIA WTCC Race of Germany by winning the Main Race at the Nürburgring Nordscheife after a battle with Norbert Michelisz.
Honda driver Michelisz, promoted to the front row of the grid, made a better start than pole-sitter López to take the lead down the inside of Turn 1. López quickly responded though and reclaimed first place around the outside of the Schumacher S.
He led by three seconds at the end of the first lap, but that advantage was slashed to less than a second at the end of lap two. The gap between the Citroën and the Honda would come down again on the third and final tour but López held on to win by 0.435 seconds.
Tom Chilton was again the top WTCC Trophy driver and again on the outright podium in third. Rob Huff got very close to his fellow Briton on the final lap – even making contact – but had to settle for fourth. Mehdi Bennani passed Nicky Catsburg to finish fifth.
Polestar Cyan Racing had a great race, with its two drivers Fredrik Ekblom and Thed Björk working their way up to seventh and eighth respectively, past the LADAs of Gabriele Tarquini and Hugo Valente.
Sabine Schmitz finished just outside the points on this occasion in 11th.
|1||Jose Maria Lopez||Citroen Total WTCC||Citroen||3 laps|
|2||Norbert Michelisz||Honda Racing Team JAS||Honda||+0.435|
|3||Tom Chilton||Sebastien Loeb Racing||Citroen||+0.915|
|4||Rob Huff||Honda Racing Team JAS||Honda||+1.908|
|5||Mehdi Bennani||Sebastien Loeb Racing||Citroen||+2.431|
|6||Nicky Catsburg||LADA Sport||Lada||+4.905|
|7||Fredrik Ekblom||Polestar Cyan||Volvo||+6.072|
|8||Thed Bjork||Polestar Cyan||Volvo||+8.008|
|9||Gabriele Tarquini||LADA Sport||Lada||+8.675|
|10||Hugo Valente||LADA Sport||Lada||+13.860|
|11||Sabine Schmitz||Munnich Motorsport||Chevrolet||+23.305|
|12||John Filippi||Campos Racing||Chevrolet||+28.180|
|14||Grégoire Demoustier||Sebastien Loeb Racing||Citroen||+38.285|
|15||Tiago Monteiro||Honda Racing Team JAS||Honda||DNS|
|16||Yvan Muller||Citroen Total WTCC||Citroen||DNS|
|17||Tom Coronel||ROAL Motorsport||Chevrolet||DNS|
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