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Jun 26

WTCC: Main Race flash, Michelisz wins in the WTCC from pole

Opening Race flash: Bennani storms to WTCC win

Main Race flash: Michelisz wins in the WTCC from poleNorbert Michelisz led all the way to claim an assured FIA World Touring Car Championship victory in the Main Race of the WTCC Race of Portugal in Vila Real.

The Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team driver led Polestar Cyan Racing’s Thed Björk and local hero Tiago Monteiro all the way over the course of the 13-lap race. Monteiro’s third place in his Honda Civic WTCC consolidated his new lead in the title standings, which he’d taken from Volvo S60 driver Nicky Catsberg in the Opening Race on the spectacular 4.785-kilometre street circuit.

“This is just incredible,” said Michelisz, who has been suffering with a poorly stomach all week. “I must offer a huge thank you to the team because the car was brilliant. In some stages I was controlling the race, but then Thed was closing the gap, so I had to push.

“Since the Nürburgring I’ve been back on it. Expect an action packed rest of the season from my side.”

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Opening Race flash: Bennani storms to WTCC win

Mehdi Bennani scored a brilliant FIA World Touring Car Championship victory in the Opening Race at WTCC Race of Portugal in Vila Real on Sunday afternoon.

The Sébastien Loeb Racing driver started fourth on the reverse grid, but was in the lead by the end of lap one and controlled the 11-lap race all the way to the chequered flag.

The introduction of the ‘joker’ lap, a first in WTCC history, added intrigue and drama to the race on the 4.785-kilometre street track – but not for Bennani. He calmly took his ‘joker’ and the slower alternative route at the roundabout that makes up the final corner at the end of the sixth lap, but had built such a gap that he comfortably kept his lead.

“I was driving on the limit from the start,” said the delighted Moroccan after his second win of the season. “I had some contact with the Chevrolet [Esteban Guerrieri] on the first lap, but kept full throttle.

Opening Race flash: Bennani storms to WTCC win

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