Tiago Monteiro won the first Main Race of the 2017 FIA World Touring Car Championship, with Honda team-mate Norbert Michelisz in second at WTCC AFRIQUIA Race of Morocco.
Monteiro started on the DHL-presented pole for the Main Race and led from lights to flag, while Michelisz overtook Polestar Cyan Racing’s Néstor Girolami on the opening lap to take second.
Mischelisz held onto the position until the end of the race, despite a safety car period which was caused when Zengo Motorsport rookie Aurélien Panis went off the track with damage to his right-front suspension. Girolami completed the podium in third.
Behind him in fourth was local hero Mehdi Bennani in the Sebastien Loeb Racing Citroën – but Bennani is still under investigation for contact with Nicky Catsburg, who finished in fifth. Thed Björk was sixth, ahead of Tom Chilton in seventh.
There was a race-long battle for eighth between ROAL Motorsport’s Tom Coronel and Rob Huff, leading to some frustrated radio calls from Huff to his ALL-INKL Munnich Motorsport team, but ultimately Coronel was able to hold onto the place.
Ryo Michigami was P10 for Honda to score his first WTCCC points with John Fillipi in P11. Yann Ehrlacher started the Main Race despite the damage sustained in his Opening Race accident, and was P12.
Ehrlacher managed to fight off a last-minute push for position from Opening Race winner Esteban Guerrieri who, along with Daniel Nagy, had been forced to start from the pitlane for breaking parc ferme. Ultimately, Guerrieri was P13 with Nagy one place behind.
Source: FIA WTCC