WTCC Argentina: Tom Chilton wins race one

Tom Chilton claimed his first victory of the season in the opening World Touring Car Championship race in Argentina

WTCC Argentina: Tom Chilton wins race one

Chilton started second on the grid and took the lead from polesitter John Filippi into the first corner and maintained it throughout the race, building a comfortable lead over closest challenger Rob Huff who finished second.

Huff stole second from Filippi as the Frenchman ran wide at Turn 1, with Filippi continuing to drop back to eventually finish 10th.

Yvan Muller was third for Citroen ahead of the Honda of Tiago Monteiro in fourth.

Fifth went to the charging Citroen of Jose Maria Lopez, who started at the back of the grid following an engine change overnight.

In sixth, seventh and eighth were Norbert Michelisz, Tom Coronel and Mehdi Bennani respectively - all of whom were engaged in a tight battle and continually swapped places over the course of the 13-lap race.

Ninth place was taken by James Thompson ahead of polesitter Filippi.

It was a race to forget for debutant Esteban Gurrieri who suffered a gearbox failure and retired in the hope of salvaging the car for the main race.

RACE ONE RESULT

Pos Driver Team Car Laps Gap
1 Tom Chilton Sebastien Loeb Racing Citroen 13 23m08.487s
2 Rob Huff Honda Racing Team JAS Honda 13 0.792s
3 Yvan Muller Citroen Total WTCC Citroen 13 1.384s
4 Tiago Monteiro Honda Racing Team JAS Honda 13 2.471s
5 Jose Maria Lopez Citroen Total WTCC Citroen 13 7.646s
6 Norbert Michelisz Honda Racing Team JAS Honda 13 9.897s
7 Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet 13 11.528s
8 Mehdi Bennani Sebastien Loeb Racing Citroen 13 13.150s
9 James Thompson All-Inkl.com Munnich Motorsport Chevrolet 13 15.333s
10 John Filippi Campos Racing Chevrolet 13 17.352s
11 Thed Bjork Polestar Cyan Racing Volvo 13 17.476s
12 Gregoire Demoustier Sebastien Loeb Racing Citroen 13 17.742s
13 Nicky Catsburg LADA Sport Rosneft Lada 13 18.875s
14 Gabriele Tarquini LADA Sport Rosneft Lada 13 19.024s
15 Daniel Nagy Zengo Motorsport Honda 13 36.180s
16 Robert Dahlgren Polestar Cyan Racing Volvo 12 1 Lap
- Hugo Valente LADA Sport Rosneft Lada 7 Retirement
- Esteban Guerrieri Campos Racing Chevrolet 4 Retirement


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