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WTCC Race of Thailand: Loeb handed Thailand win after Monteiro exclusion

Sebastien Loeb has been handed his fourth WTCC victory of the season in race two at the Thailand event after Tiago Monteiro was excluded for a technical fault.
Sebastien Loeb has been handed his fourth WTCC victory of the season in race two at the Thailand event after Tiago Monteiro was excluded for a technical fault.

Loeb, who finished second in the race and had been hunting down the Honda driver in the closing stages before poor visibility prematurely red-flagged the race, takes the victory hours after the end of the event because Monteiro was excluded from the results due to his Civic failing a ground clearance check.

All WTCC cars must clear the track surface by a minimum of 60 millimetres but Monteiro's car fell below that limit on its left-hand side. Honda says it will appeal the decision to the FIA International Court of Appeal.

The result sees Loeb leapfrog Citroen team-mate Yvan Muller into second place in the WTCC drivers' championship after Muller suffered a double retirement due to two first-lap clashes.

In race two Citroen gained a 1-2-3 result with Ma Qing Hua second and recently crowned WTCC champion Jose Maria Lopez in third.


Tagged as: Monteiro , Lopez

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