WTCC - Lopez roars to commanding win

José Maria López scored a commanding win in the first of the two Russian rounds of the FIA WTCC.

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Lopez took an impressive lead (FIA WTCC)

José Maria López scored a commanding win in the first of the two Russian rounds of the FIA WTCC.

The Argentine came briefly under attack from Gabriele Tarquini at the start of the race, but a misunderstanding between Monteiro and Tarquini that resulted in a slight contact gave him the necessary room to take a defining lead after just one corner.

Sébastien Loeb finished in third, just 0.2 seconds behind the Honda of Tarquini, while reigning world champion Yvan Muller managed to take fourth place from Tom Chilton on the final lap.

Citroën’s newcomer Ma Qing Hua scored his first WTCC points by finishing in sixth, while Rob Huff claimed a tenth place for LADA.

In the TC2T Franz Engstler scored yet another win ahead of his team-mate Pasquale di Sabatino.

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