Vila Real, Race 1: López makes it six with Vila Real WTCC triumph

Loeb 2nd, Michelisz 3rd

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By Olivier Ferret

12 July 2015 - 13:31
Vila Real, Race 1: López makes it (...)

José María López is a six-time winner in the FIA World Touring Car Championship after he converted pole position into a stylish victory in the first WTCC Race of Portugal in Vila Real.

Argentine López rocketed off the line and was never headed, beating Citroën team-mate Sébastien Loeb to extend his title advantage.

Norbert Michelisz benefited from Hugo Valente’s sluggish start to snatch third with fellow Honda drivers Gabriele Tarquini and home hero Tiago Montiero fourth and fifth respectively.

Ma Qing Hua, Yvan Muller, Jaap van Lagen, Nicky Catsburg and Rob Huff completed the top 10.

Valente pitted at the end of the first turn after an incident-filled first lap, while Néstor Girolami stopped with a suspected mechanical fault.

The second 13-lap race is due to begin at 17h15 local time.

Pos. Driver Team Car Time
1 Jose Maria Lopez Citroen Total WTCC Citroen 13 laps
2 Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WTCC Citroen +1.519
3 Norbert Michelisz Zengo Motorsport Honda +5.391
4 Gabriele Tarquini Honda Racing Team JAS Honda +5.711
5 Tiago Monteiro Honda Racing Team JAS Honda +9.402
6 Ma Qing Hua Citroen Total WTCC Citroen +12.807
7 Yvan Muller Citroen Total WTCC Citroen +21.126
8 Jaap van Lagen LADA Sport Rosneft Lada +22.324
9 Nicky Catsburg LADA Sport Rosneft Lada +27.636
10 Robert Huff LADA Sport Rosneft Lada +28.860
11 Mehdi Bennani Sebastien Loeb Racing Citroen +29.395
12 Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet +39.853
13 Stefano D’Aste Munnich Motorsport Chevrolet +34.158
14 Tom Chilton ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet +47.443
15 John Filippi Campos Racing Chevrolet +66.056
16 Grégoire Demoustier Craft-Bamboo Racing Chevrolet +66.927
17 Hugo Valente Campos Racing Chevrolet DNF
18 Nestor Girolami Nika International Honda DNF

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