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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.

Tiago Monteiro, a race winner and title contender during the final season of the FIA World Touring Car Championship in 2017, has received Portugal’s Sport Merit Award.

Comtoyou Racing has signed its second FIA World Touring Car Cup contender in as many days with the addition of Aurélien Panis to its WTCR line-up for 2018.

WTCR Q&A: Denis Dupont

18/01/2018 12:00 - 2017

The 25-year-old Belgian will carry the hopes of a nation on his shoulders – and his Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS – when he contests the inaugural FIA World Touring Car Cup for the RACB National Team. He’s had this to say.

The 25-year-old Belgian will carry the hopes of a nation on his shoulders – and his Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS – when he contests the inaugural FIA World Touring Car Cup for the RACB National Team. He’s had this to say.

Belgium’s motorsport federation, the RACB, has identified the inaugural FIA World Touring Car Cup as the ultimate international launch pad for its young star driver, Denis Dupont.

The man behind the Honda Civic Type R TCR project hopes several examples of the car will be on the grid when the inaugural FIA World Touring Car Cup begins in Morocco on 7 April.

Súper TC2000 champion Facundo Ardusso would consider racing in the FIA World Touring Car Cup when the WTCR visits his native Argentina in August – providing he received an invitation to do so.