1-2-3 finish for Team Chevrolet
After struggling a bit more than it was expected in Valencia, the Chevrolet team reclaimed their dominant pace and claimed two impressive 1-2-3 finishes at Marrakech.
This result was not expected in the first race, after Alain Menu, Rob Huff and Yvan Muller had qualified in first, second and fourth respectively, making the starting grid a little harder for the trio to grab a spot on the podium, but instead, they managed to recover in only five laps, swallowing up the other competitors on the straight with awkward ease.
In the first race only Pepe Oriola was not able to lose contact, while in the second James Nash put up a decent a fight. The young Englishman’s four laps in the lead will remain in WTCC history, as they were the first ever for a Ford car in the championship.
All in all it was a very encouraging weekend for Team Aon and their drivers, who were consistently fighting for top positions and eventually Nash and Tom Chilton scored their first points.
Oriola and Stefano D’Aste shared victories in the Yokohoma Trophy, just like they had done in the two previous events: first race to the young Spaniard and second race to the Italian. It is no surprise that they are now on top of the point table covered by only four points.
In the overall championship, Muller (130 pts), Menu (106) and Huff (97) have already created a gap, leaving Tom Coronel a further twenty points behind. The impressive D’Aste has climbed to fifth, one point ahead of his compatriot Gabriele Tarquini who suffered from a nightmare weekend.
The championship will resume at Slovakia Ring, on April 29 for rounds 7 and 8.