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.

Leading FIA World Touring Car Championship drivers were full of praise for their teams for working through the night to ready their cars for the Main Race at WTCC JVCKENWOOD Race of Macau.

The 2017 FIA World Touring Car Championship season heads to Qatar next for a thrilling showdown with three prestigious titles still up for grabs.

Rob Huff joined fellow winners Edoardo Mortara and Daniel Ticktum in celebrating their respective triumphs in Macau this afternoon.

A faultless display on his Macau debut has ensured that Thed Björk tops the FIA World Touring Car Championship for Manufacturers’ heading to the season-closing double-header in Qatar later this month.

Rob Huff made history by winning for a record-breaking ninth time around the Guia street track as he dominated a wet Main Race at FIA WTCC JVCKENWOOD Race of Macau while Norbert Michelisz cut Thed Björk’s title lead to 6.5 points with two races left in Qatar next month.

Rob Huff claimed the TAG Heuer Best Lap Trophy to cap a successful FIA WTCC JVCKENWOOD Race of Macau weekend for the ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport driver.