Back

News

Too close to call: WTCC Trophy top three equal on points

Too close to call: WTCC Trophy top three equal on points

17/07/2017 06:00

The chase for WTCC Trophy title success intensified when the FIA World Touring Car Championship visited Argentina last week.

After 12 rounds, the top three drivers – Mehdi Bennani (pictured), Tom Chilton and Rob Huff – are equal on 87 points, such is the highly competitive nature of this season’s WTCC.

Huff topped the title table prior to the trip to South America but lost ground in Argentina as Bennani and Chilton moved equal on points with Bennani heading Chilton and then Huff on countback. While the trio are equal in terms of race wins, Bennani has more second places than his rivals followed by Chilton and then Huff.

The WTCC Trophy is the championship within a championship for independent racers. Bennani is the reigning champion after losing out on the crown to factory Honda driver Norbert Michelisz the previous season.

Zsolt Dávid Szabó completed his FIA World Touring Car Championship debut in Argentina last weekend by underlining his desire to return to the track when WTCC 2017 resumes in China in mid-October.

Yann Ehrlacher was applauded and praised by his rivals following his maiden FIA World Touring Car Championship victory.

Mehdi Bennani reckoned he over-achieved at WTCC Race of Argentina by scoring his third podium of 2017 to remain firmly in the hunt for the FIA World Touring Car Championship.

Four-time WTCC champion Yvan Muller isn’t surprised that his nephew, Yann Ehrlacher, is a winner in the FIA World Touring Car Championship – revealing that he always expected the 21-year-old would reach the top of the podium.

Esteban Guerrieri used his home rounds of the FIA World Touring Car Championship to deliver one of his best weekends in the WTCC so far with a third and a fourth in the two races at Circuito Termas de Río Hondo.

Yann Ehrlacher scored a breakthrough maiden FIA World Touring Car Championship victory at WTCC Race of Argentina, converting a career-first standing start pole position into victory number one for him and the privateer RC Motorsport team.