Loeb Wins Single WTCC Race in Soaking Wet Slovakia

Sebastien Loeb - Photo Credit: FIA WTCC
Sebastien Loeb - Photo Credit: FIA WTCC

Heavy rain wreaked havoc with race day at round four of the World Touring Car Championship in Slovakia, with Sebastien Loeb winning a shortened first race before the second race was cancelled entirely.

Loeb claimed his second win of the season after beating Citroen team-mate and pole-sitter Jose Maria Lopez off the line.

He stayed out front until the safety car appeared due to worsened conditions and cars aquaplaning on the straights, with the race then red-flagged and the result called after eight laps.

Lopez finished second ahead of the Honda of Norbert Michelisz. Yvan Muller ran fourth until serving a drive-through penalty for creeping before the lights went out that the start, and finished back in tenth.

Tom Coronel won a battle with ROAL Motorsport team-mate Tom Chilton to finish fourth, with Hungaroring winner Gianni Morbidelli sixth.

Castrol Honda drivers Tiago Monteiro and Gabriele Tarquini were seventh and eighth respectively, with Lada‘s Rob Huff ninth ahead of Muller.

The rain continued in the gap between the two races and conditions were deemed to unsafe for the second race to take place.

With Muller’s poor result, Lopez extends his championship lead to 25 points with Loeb now back up into second place, four points ahead of the defending champion.