Click here for full WTCC race two results from Motegi

Tiago Monteiro has been able to provide Honda with a much desired home race win in WTCC at Motegi, while race one winner Jose Maria Lopez retires with wheel damage.

Monteiro enjoyed the better drive off the line against reverse pole sitter Hugo Valente to grab the lead in the opening bends and never looked in danger to take victory ahead of the Frenchman by over nine seconds.

However, for WTCC point leader Lopez it became a race to forget after suffering in a first lap tussle and sustained damage which ultimately retired him from the race.

His retirement handed his nearest rival for the title Yvan Muller the opportunity to claw back some points in the championship standings but he also failed to finish the race after being forced into the pits three laps from the end with a loose bonnet.

The troubles besieging the Citroen duo enabled a shake-up of the finishing order with British driver Rob Huff claiming a much-needed podium for Lada in third.

Nine-time World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb fought off late attacks from Gabriele Tarquini to take fourth, while his Citroen team-mate Ma Qing Hua recovered from a spin to finish sixth.

Roal Motorsport Chevrolet pair Tom Coronel and Tom Chilton both recovered from race one failures to grab points in seventh and eighth respectively, while Le Mans 24 Hours LMP2 winner Nicolas Lapierre scored his best result of the weekend in ninth with Stefano D'Aste rounding out the top ten.

 

Comments

Loading Comments...