WTCC: Underdogs Nykjaer and Oriola won in Marrakesch

Race 1: Nykjaer with his very first win of his career

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Gabrielle Tarquini was standing on Pole ahead of Nash and Muller.

Tarquini made a good start and could stay in the front, but Nykjaer had the best start and overtoke Nash after Turn 2 for 2nd Position. Bennani got spun by Engstler at Turn 2.

Nykjaer and Nash were following Tarquini closely for the lead.

Meanwhile Chilton had problems with his car and had to retire from Race 1.

But then Tarquini’s teammate Tiago Monteiro was hitting the Marrakesch wall for the 2nd time this weekend.

He caused the Safety Car.

Tarquini meanwhile lost the lead to Nykjaer due a mistake from him on the final chicane.

After the Safety Car period, Nykjaer was leading the race till the end and won his first WTCC race.

2nd was Tarquini ahead of Nash,  4th was Muller, Thompson got his Lada on 10th.

1 17 M. Nykjaer Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 28:51.561 13
2 3 G. Tarquini Honda Civic 0.566 13
3 14 J. Nash Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 1.612 1.046 13
4 12 Y. Muller Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 2.224 0.612 13
5 1 R. Huff SEAT Leon WTCC 2.248 0.024 13
6 9 A. MacDowall Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 2.476 0.228 13
7 38 M. Basseng SEAT Leon WTCC 3.201 0.725 13
8 74 P. Oriola SEAT Leon WTCC 3.565 0.364 13
9 15 T. Coronel BMW 320 TC 5.270 1.705 13
10 10 J. Thompson Lada Granta 5.881 0.611 13
11 19 F. Monje SEAT Leon WTCC 7.078 1.197 13
12 55 D. O’Young BMW 320 TC 7.879 0.801 13
13 73 F. Barth BMW 320 TC 8.485 0.606 13
14 7 C. Ng BMW 320 TC 9.298 0.813 13
15 37 R. Münnich SEAT Leon WTCC 14.192 4.894 13
16 8 M. Koslowskii Lada Granta 15.333 1.141 13
17 6 F. Engstler BMW 320 TC 33.246 17.913 13
18 25 M. Bennani BMW 320 TC 1 Runde 12
DNF 18 T. Monteiro Honda Civic 5
DNF 5 N. Michelisz Honda Civic 5
DNF 23 T. Chilton Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 5
DNF 26 S. D’Aste BMW 320 TC 1

 

Race 2: Oriola makes the drive of the weekend

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Fernando Monje was on Pole ahead of Oriola and Basseng. Monje was having a good start to the race, but he lost the lead after Turn 4 to Oriola.

Huff had a great start to the race and was on a overtake on Monje for 2nd, but he braked to late, made contact and destroyed his suspension, he had to retire.

Monje was falling down the oder and was passed by Thompsons Lada.

Monje was so aggressive that he braked 50 metres later than “Thomo” and smashed the back of the Lada.

“Thomo” was not very pleased.

Oriola meanwhile tried everything to keep his lead against Muller and Chilton who gave big pressure to him.

Chilton tried even a pass on his teammate Muller, but it failed and he lost time.

The field was close together for many laps.

But then Tarquini crashed on the final chicane, the same chicane were Monteiro crashed in Quali.

The Safety Car was out and at this moment there were only 3 laps to go.

Everybody thought that the race will end under the SC, but the SC came in before the last lap.

So it was a showdown between Oriola and Muller. But Oriola kept it cool and won his first WTCC race of his career.

2nd Muller, 3rd Chilton.

1 74 P. Oriola SEAT Leon WTCC 28:08.751 13
2 12 Y. Muller Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 0.430 13
3 23 T. Chilton Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 0.677 0.247 13
4 14 J. Nash Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 0.948 0.271 13
5 38 M. Basseng SEAT Leon WTCC 1.808 0.860 13
6 15 T. Coronel BMW 320 TC 2.028 0.220 13
7 17 M. Nykjaer Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 2.326 0.298 13
8 6 F. Engstler BMW 320 TC 4.377 2.051 13
9 55 D. O’Young BMW 320 TC 4.889 0.512 13
10 7 C. Ng BMW 320 TC 6.273 1.384 13
11 25 M. Bennani BMW 320 TC 6.349 0.076 13
12 73 F. Barth BMW 320 TC 6.385 0.036 13
13 8 M. Koslowskii Lada Granta 7.037 0.652 13
14 26 S. D’Aste BMW 320 TC 7.698 0.661 13
15 5 N. Michelisz Honda Civic 4 Runden 9
DNF 3 G. Tarquini Honda Civic 7
DNF 9 A. MacDowall Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 7
DNF 37 R. Münnich SEAT Leon WTCC 3
DNF 1 R. Huff SEAT Leon WTCC 1
DNF 10 J. Thompson Lada Granta 1
DNF 19 F. Monje SEAT Leon WTCC 1

 

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