WTCC champion Jose Maria Lopez and four-time title winner Yvan Muller were the street heroes of Marrakech this past weekend.
Citroen Racing swept the two races of the FIA World Touring Car Championship held in Morocco.
Lopez bagged race one glory from pole with Muller repeating the feat in the second 14-lap chase for WTCC success. China’s Ma Qing Hua scored his first podium of 2015 with the runner-up spot in the opening race as Sebastien Loeb held off home hero Mehdi Bennani for third.
Muller converted pole to victory in race two despite intense pressure from Loeb. Lopez battled back from 10th to third to remain in control of the title race with a 17-point advantage after four rounds.
Bennani’s fourth in race one gave him the Yokohama Drivers’ Trophy laurels as Tom Chilton secured the category honours in the second event at the wheel of his privateer Chevrolet.
Both rounds at the sun-baked Circuit Moulay El Hassan street course produced plenty of drama with Tom Coronel forced out of the first race following contact with Chilton.
Coronel was also out of luck in race two when he clashed with Honda’s Tiago Monteiro at turn one following a bump from the pursuing Norbert Michelisz.
Former champion Rob Huff was eliminated in the second race after a hefty hit from LADA teammate Mikhail Kozlovskiy nearing the completion of the opening lap.