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Remembering when… Catsburg won in the WTCC at ‘home’

Remembering when… Catsburg won in the WTCC at ‘home’

15/02/2017 12:00

Nicky Catsburg, who turns 29 today, achieved career lift-off when he won the Main Race at WTCC Race of Russia last season, his first triumph in the FIA World Touring Car Championship. Find out what happened and how right here.

He did what?
LADA’s Rosneft-backed Vesta was without a win in the WTCC but all that changed at the Moscow Raceway on 12 June 2016 when Gabriele Tarquini bagged the Opening Race laurels before Nicky Catsburg converted his first DHL Pole Position into victory number one in the Main Race. Twenty-thousand fans, most rooting for LADA, were watching as the Dutchman mastered the slippery conditions.

How did he do it?
Catsburg led from start to finish ahead of his LADA team-mate and Opening Race winner Gabriele Tarquini. Catsburg led by more than three seconds at one stage, but as the track began to dry, he found himself under increasing pressure from Tarquini and the Italian cut the gap to just one second, but Catsburg held on for a popular victory.

What did he say?
“It was pretty amazing. If someone told me before the weekend I was going to finish P1 and P2 in Moscow in front of our home crowd and sponsors, I wouldn’t have believed it. But we found some pace and in the wet we were very fast. The Main Race was a bit more difficult and the track was drying and there was an old Italian guy behind me pushing me a lot – a bit too much for my liking! But it kept me sharp and we were fighting until the last lap. I am very happy with this victory.”

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