WTCC Argentina: Jose Maria Lopez wins main race on home soil

Jose Maria Lopez ended a five race win drought with a home victory in the main race of the World Touring Car Championship in Argentina

WTCC Argentina: Jose Maria Lopez wins main race on home soil

Despite losing the lead to Norbert Michelisz at the start, reigning champion and home hero Lopez took the chequered flag comfortably clear after regaining the position in the latter half of the race.

Lopez was part of a hotly contested battle for second with Citroen team-mate Muller for much of the race as the pair chased down Michelisz, before the world champion was able to benefit from Michelisz and Muller both running wide and removing themselves from the fight for victory.

Tom Coronel took second place, ahead of Rob Huff in third, with the pair both surviving post-race investigations for possible jump-starts.

Huff's Honda team-mate Tiago Monteiro took fourth, with Muller eventually finishing in fifth - less than half a second down.

Debutant Esteban Guerrieri took sixth place in his Campos Racing Chevrolet Cruze, overcoming a gearbox problem that had caused him to retire from the opening race.

Medhi Bennani took seventh place ahead of Michelisz who came home in a lowly eighth.

Winner of the opening race Tom Chilton and John Filippi were ninth and 10th respectively.

RACE TWO RESULT

Pos Driver Team Car Laps Gap
1 Jose Maria Lopez Citroen Racing Citroen 14 24m52.898s
2 Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet 14 2.032s
3 Rob Huff Honda Racing Team JAS Honda 14 2.583s
4 Tiago Monteiro Honda Racing Team JAS Honda 14 3.956s
5 Yvan Muller Citroen Racing Citroen 14 4.305s
6 Esteban Guerrieri Campos Racing Chevrolet 14 8.740s
7 Mehdi Bennani Sebastien Loeb Racing Citroen 14 9.126s
8 Norbert Michelisz Honda Racing Team JAS Honda 14 11.649s
9 Tom Chilton Sebastien Loeb Racing Citroen 14 12.659s
10 John Filippi Campos Racing Chevrolet 14 14.693s
11 James Thompson Munnich Motorsport Chevrolet 14 18.103s
12 Nicky Catsburg LADA Sport Lada 14 18.523s
13 Gabriele Tarquini LADA Sport Lada 14 20.205s
14 Thed Bjork Polestar Cyan Racing Volvo 14 20.827s
15 Gregoire Demoustier Sebastien Loeb Racing Citroen 14 24.046s
16 Robert Dahlgren Polestar Cyan Racing Volvo 14 24.931s
17 Daniel Nagy Zengo Motorsport Honda 14 37.987s
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