WTCR Morocco VW: Two podiums to start

Mehdi Bennani © DR

Two podiums as the ‘new world series’ gets going – strong performances by Huff and Bennani in the Golf GTI TCR

There’s no place like home: Mehdi Bennani’s home debut in the FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) in Marrakesh (MA) was greeted by wild celebrations from his compatriots. The 34-year-old enjoyed a successful start to the ‘new world series’ season at the wheel of a Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR, claiming second place in the second race and securing top finishes in the other two races.

His Sébastien Loeb Racing team-mate, Robert Huff (GB), followed suit – finishing third in the first race. The only two drivers to be permanently registered to Volkswagen displayed their reliability by claiming five out of the six possible top ten finishes in three hard-fought races. Mehdi Bennani added to his podium finish in race two by finishing ninth in the first race, and then sixth in the third event. After securing third place in the first race, Rub Huff crossed the line in 13th position in race two and seventh in the final event.

Races four to six of the touring car world cup season will take place on 28th and 29th April at the Hungaroring, near Budapest (Hungary).

Rob Huff (GB), Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR #12 : « We didn’t expect to be on the podium for the first race weekend. We really were on a level with the competition and we scored some valuable points. That is exactly what we need. »

Mehdi Bennani (MA), Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR #25 : « An absolutely fantastic weekend! I am delighted to reach the podium in my home race. Thanks to the fantastic fans and to my team. The Golf GTI TCR ran like clockwork in all three races. There is still potential to improve for the upcoming races. But one thing is already clear: it’s going to be an exciting season. »

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