Sebastien Loeb Racing celebrated taking the WTCC Drivers Trophy with Mehdi Bennani in China, with Tom Chilton pushing him hard all year.
In the opening race, Tom got off to a great start and was pushing for the lead when the safety car came out. Upon the restart on lap 9, Tom was hit by a Lada and had to retire, leaving his title hopes in the process.
In the Main race, Chilton held onto 2nd in the WTCC Trophy to once again find himself on the podium.
Speaking about Bennani's success, Chilton commented:
"I'm really happy for Medhi, he did a model year. He already knew the car, it has taken me some time before I could be at the same level. But he's a very good competitor and he deserves this title. Personally, I'm very frustrated to lose the Championship in that way. In the first race I earned the overall second place very nicely which, beyond the podium itself, was perfect for me in the Independent Trophy as it meant that I was in front of Mehdi. Unfortunately I was hit very hard by a Lada at the exit of the hairpin. It was a very stupid attack, my front wheel got broken. I have to say a huge thanks to the Sebastien Loeb Racing crew who did an incredible job to fix the car, replacing all the steering parts in only five minutes. Amazing! Thanks to them, I was able to be on the second grid, to keep at bay Tom Coronel and to finish P2 in the WTCC Tropgy, saving precious points before the final race in Qatar".
We now look ahead to the penultimate round in Thailand on the 5th and 6th November.
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