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Remembering when… Bennani won in the WTCC for Morocco in Hungary

Remembering when… Bennani won in the WTCC for Morocco in Hungary

19/01/2017 06:00

This is the moment when Mehdi Bennani punched the air in triumph after claiming FIA World Touring Car Championship race win number two in the rain of Hungary back in April 2016.

Driving a Citroën C-Elysée for Sébastien Loeb Racing, Bennani led the Opening Race from start to finish as many big names, including Citroën’s José María López and Yvan Muller and Honda’s Tiago Monteiro and Rob Huff, were caught out by the challenging weather. All four opted for dry-weather tyres and finished outside of the points as a result.

“I never thought I’d win in rain conditions but it’s happened today and I’m very happy,” said Bennani, who was followed home by team-mate Tom Chilton. “I tried to manage a good start, I take a little gap and this gave me more confidence to drive consistently and this is what I tried to do. But in the condition like this you have to be brave to stay on the track. A lot of time I was close to going out of the track but it’s like this. We are driving against the best drivers in the world so we need to drive to the limit.”

López was lapped in that first race but later on claimed his third Main Race win from as many events from the DHL Pole Position.

WTCC Q&A: Julie Lespagnol

20/09/2017 18:00 - 2017

With Polestar Cyan Racing, Volvo’s factory team in the FIA World Touring Car Championship, locked in a close battle with Honda for the coveted Manufacturers’ crown, the expertise of the squad’s technical personnel is being relied upon more and more in order to gain an advantage. And Julie Lespagnol, a 28-year-old performance engineer from Metz in France, is playing a key role in the Swedish make’s pursuit of WTCC glory.

With Polestar Cyan Racing, Volvo’s factory team in the FIA World Touring Car Championship, locked in a close battle with Honda for the coveted Manufacturers’ crown, the expertise of the squad’s technical personnel is being relied upon more and more in order to gain an advantage. And Julie Lespagnol, a 28-year-old performance engineer from Metz in France, is playing a key role in the Swedish make’s pursuit of WTCC glory.

WTCC racer Rob Huff received a hero’s welcome on his return to the British Touring Car Championship at Silverstone last weekend where he was standing in for friend and WTCC rival Tom Chilton.

FIA World Touring Car Championship racer Néstor Girolami helped Prince Carl Philip to the Swedish GT Championship runner-up spot at the weekend – and said afterwards how his appearance at Mantorp Park had helped his preparations for the upcoming WTCC Race of China.

Norbert Nagy will join three rivals in a final-round face-off for the FIA European Touring Car Cup crown following a dramatic pair of races at Zolder in Belgium.

Norbert Nagy, driving for FIA World Touring Car Championship team Zengő Motorsport, has qualified in pole position for ETCC Race of Zolder.

Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team has issued the following statement on its driver and FIA World Touring Car Championship leader Tiago Monteiro.