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WTCC World Touring Car Championship 2014

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WTCC World Tour Car Championship 2014 is off to a great start. The road course tested every aspect of the vehicles racing on its tarmac. Tiago Monteiro looks at the bright side taking account all the good things to take from this race. Norbi states "I had to use all my strength to turn the steering wheel in the last two laps" gasping after climbing out of his car "I really must do more weight training".

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Marrakesh is one of the most difficult tracks to race on due to the sharp curves, Managing Director of JAS Motorsport, Alessandro Mariani is satisified with this weekend’s work.

“Our priority was to find some set-up solutions and we achieved this although it would have been even better to have Gabriele also running as a second data source but it was impossible here to repair his car after the Friday accident. I am confident about the potential of the Civic but having these races so close together at this part of the season does not help us. And a street circuit is not the ideal place to be running for testing purposes. I was very impressed with Bennani’s drive. I think he has good results to come this year.”

WTCC World Touring Car Championship

Round 01: Morocco

Race 1

Rank Driver (Team)

  • 1 Jose LOPEZ (Citroen C-Elysee WTCC)
  • 2 Sebastien LOEB (Citroen C-Elysee WTCC)
  • 3 Yvan MULLER (Citroen C-Elysee WTCC)
  • 4 Tom CHILTON (Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1)
  • 5 Tiago MONTEIRO (Honda Civic WTCC)
  • 6 Dusan BORKOVIC (Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1)
  • 7 Mehdi BENNANI (Honda Civic WTCC)
  • 9 Norbert MICHELISZ (Honda Civic WTCC)

Race 2

Rank Driver (Team)

  • 1 Sebastien LOEB (Citroen C-Elysee WTCC)
  • 2 Jose LOPEZ (Citroen C-Elysee WTCC)
  • 3 Hugo VALENTE (Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1)
  • 4 Tom CHILTON (Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1)
  • 5 Mikhail KOZLOWSKIY (LADA Granta 1.6T)
  • 6 Gianni MORBIDELLI (Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1)
  • 10 Tiago MONTEIRO (Honda Civic WTCC)

Bennani Excluded from Race 2

Mehdi Bennani finished the race in 5th position at the end of race 2, after having to serve a drive-through penalty from a collision with Tom Coronel. Officials found Bennani's car is underweight forcing him to be disqualified, this turn of events promoted Mikhail Koslovskiy to fifth and Gianni Morbidelli to sixth. The points for the positions from seventh to tenth were awarded to Engstler, Filippi, Di Sabatino and Monteiro.

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