Vila Real, Race 2: Mighty Ma claims WTCC glory for China in Portugal

Muller took the runner-up spot in a second Citroën


By Olivier Ferret

12 July 2015 - 19:22
Vila Real, Race 2: Mighty Ma claims (...)

China’s Ma Qing Hua has claimed victory in a dramatic second WTCC Race of Portugal. The Citroën driver’s success in Vila Real followed his historic triumph in Russia last season when he became the first driver from China to win a world championship motor race.

Yvan Muller took the runner-up spot in a second Citroën with Honda pair Gabriele Tarquini and Norbert Michelisz third and fourth respectively and José María López fifth after an incident-packed counter.

LADA driver Nicky Catsburg was in third only to run wide and allow Tarquini to pounce. Catsburg then became embroiled in a collision with Michelisz and Sébastien Loeb, which left Loeb skating into a tyre barrier. Catsburg continued only to crash heavily, which resulted in the race being stopped early.

Hopes of home success were dashed on the charge to the first corner when Tiago Monteiro’s bid to squeeze between LADA drivers Catsburg and Jaap van Lagen ended in a heavy collision. Monteiro’s Honda suffered significant damage after it clouted a retaining wall, which prompted the intervention of the safety car for four laps while the track was cleared of stricken cars and debris. Van Laagen, who had started third, was also out on the spot, while Stefano D’Aste retired when he struck van Lagen’s detached left-rear wheel.

Pos. Driver Team Car Time
1 Ma Qing Hua Citroen Total WTCC Citroen 11 laps
2 Yvan Muller Citroen Total WTCC Citroen +5.573
3 Gabriele Tarquini Honda Racing Team JAS Honda +10.812
4 Norbert Michelisz Zengo Motorsport Honda +11.982
5 Jose Maria Lopez Citroen Total WTCC Citroen +12.423
6 Nicky Catsburg LADA Sport Rosneft Lada +15.177
7 Hugo Valente Campos Racing Chevrolet +15.639
8 Nestor Girolami Nika International Honda +16.060
9 Robert Huff LADA Sport Rosneft Lada +16.669
10 Mehdi Bennani Sebastien Loeb Racing Citroen +17.175
11 Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet +18.055
12 Grégoire Demoustier Craft-Bamboo Racing Chevrolet +25.619
13 Tom Chilton ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet +28.318
14 John Filippi Campos Racing Chevrolet +31.126
15 Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WTCC Citroen DNF
16 Jaap van Lagen LADA Sport Rosneft Lada DNF
17 Stefano D’Aste Munnich Motorsport Chevrolet DNF
18 Tiago Monteiro Honda Racing Team JAS Honda DNF


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