WTCC - Bennani pleased with Hungary showing

Mehdi Bennani was over the moon with his two WTCC Yokohama Trophy victories at Budapest’s Hungaroring at the weekend - and a second place overall in race two, his best result in the series.

WTCC - Bennani pleased with Hungary showing

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Mehdi Bennani

Bennani's second podium, secured in a Proteam Racing BMW 320 TC,

“It was a great result for me and the team. The car was really good on this track, and we knew that the front-wheel-driven cars might have problems after half distance," said Bennani.

"However, the BMW is slower on the straight and when I saw the safety car, I knew it would be difficult to keep [Rob] Huff behind.

"All I could do was to follow him and be ready to benefit from his mistakes. But he didn’t make any."

The Yokohama Trophy competitors were extremely competitive in the fourth event of the season, with bamboo-engineering’s James Nash and Alex MacDowall both scoring solid points.

MacDowall claimed a third place overall in race two, his second podium this season, to move up to second in the Yokohama Trophy standings.

“Despite a disappointing qualifying it was important to finish race one and capitalise on the pole of race two. I was pleased with third but still have more work to do on my starts,” he said.

With a fourth position overall in race two, Nash consolidated his Yokohama Trophy lead and maintained his fifth place in the drivers’ championship.

“I’m still getting to grips with the car but the second race was a great battle, I’m really proud that I kept both Coronel and Muller at bay to get a fourth,” he said.

Nash has a six-point margin over his team-mate, while Nika Racing’s Michel Nykjær lies one further point adrift.

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