Magic lap gives Bennani maiden WTCC Pole

Mehdi Bennani © DR

FIA World Touring Car Championship 2016: Rounds 21 and 22 of 22
WTCC DHL Race of Qatar, Losail International Circuit, 24-25 November

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Mehdi Bennani has claimed a stunning first FIA World Touring Car Championship pole position at WTCC DHL Race of Qatar following a ‘magic lap’ in his Sébastien Loeb Racing Citroën.

As the fifth fastest driver in Q2, the 2016 WTCC Trophy champion was first to run in the Q3 shootout and posted a sub-record lap of 2m00.456s that none of his rivals could match.

His factory counterparts, José Mar