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Posted by: newsla on Jun 23, 2014 - 06:08 AM
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FIA WTCC Report


MULLER AND LÓPEZ SHARE VICTORIES IN BELGIUM

The Citroën team do not release their hold on the 2014 World Touring Car Championship.

 

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The Belgian weekend that opened the second part of the season saw the French cars claiming two more victories. The wonder trio of Yvan Muller, José María López and Sébastien Loeb finished again 1-2-3 in Race 1 bidding the rest of the field farewell from the first turn.

The second race was just a bit tougher for them, as they started from eighth, ninth and tenth on the reversed grid. However, López and Muller completed another great recovery to claim first and second, while Loeb had to settle in fifth as he could not pass Tom Coronel and Tiago Monteiro who were classified in third and fourth.

Franz Engstler continued to reign on the TC2 class, with two new wins.

With the weekend’s results, López allowed Muller to recover only two points in the Drivers’ Championship and the Argentine still leads by 39.

The championship will resume after a five-week break at Termas de Río Hondo, Argentina, on August 3, for rounds 15 and 16.

RACE 1 – LIGHTS TO FLAG WIN FOR MULLER
Yvan Muller took another commanding win in the first of the Spa races today. He beat team mates Loeb and López to the La Source hairpin at the start and never quite looked back. The only change in position at the front came when López outbraked Loeb at the end of the straight on the final lap.

With three Citroën cars filling the podium, Morbidelli led home the rest of the field ahead of Coronel, who passed works Honda driver Monteiro on the finish line. Franz Engstler, as usual, won the TC2T class from Filippi and newcomer Nagy.

RACE 2 – LÓPEZ RECOVERS TO VICTORY
There was no stopping WTCC points leader José María López in the 14th round of this year’s championship.
The Argentine driver used the superior speed of his Citroën C-Elysée to pick off his opponents one by one, usually hunting them down at speed through the back straight and the Blanchimont corners before going for the kill in the braking zone for the Bus Stop chicane.

Only Chevrolet privateer Tom Coronel, who had led from the start, resisted Lopez initially before being demoted anyway on the Raidillon.

Yvan Muller brought his Citroën home in second, while Coronel still salvaged a second podium finish of the season from Tiago Monteiro and Sébastien Loeb.

Franz Engstler scored his 11th win from 13 starts in TC2.

ETCC - KARAMYSHEV AND FULÍN CLOSER TO THE TITLES

Nikolay Karamyshev and Petr Fulín claimed double victories today at Spa and moved one step closer to be crowned champions in their classes: TC2T and TC2 respectively.

Karamyshev has built a 20 point margin ahead of Mat’o Homola who lost a possible win by spinning on the last lap of today’s second race, when he was trying to resist his rival’s attack.

Fulín won the fight with the Sládecka bothers in both races and stretched his lead to 34 points over his team-mate Michal Matějovský.

In the Single-Make Trophy Dmitry Bragin was finally able to convert his speed in a double race win, his maiden victories in the ETCC. The fight for the class title is wide open with four drivers – Aku Pellinen, Andreas Pfister, Bragin and Sergey Ryabov – all covered by only ten points.

Equally close is the battle for the Super 1600 class. With Ulrike Krafft sidelined by a mechanical failure, Gilles Bruckner also claimed a double race victory and took the lead in the classification, two points ahead of the German girl. Christian Kranenberg is also a title contender as he lies third, 11 points behind Bruckner.

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