Volvo’s Thed Björk is the 2017 FIA World Touring Car Champion. The Swedish driver finished in fourth place in the Main Race of the season-ending round in Qatar to clinch the Drivers’ Championship title, while Honda stand-in Esteban Guerrieri claimed victory in the race.

Guerrier led the field away from pole position, chased by Münnich Motorsport driver Rob Huff who managed to leap ahead of Volvo’s Nicky Catsburg at the start.

The battle for the WTCC Trophy title for non-manufacturer drivers was resolved on the opening lap when title contender Mehdi Bennani came together with Volvo’s Yvan Muller. The contact saw Bennani – who was just 1.5 points behind teammate Tom Chilton in the points standings – slide down the order and eventually retiring with a puncture.

Muller’s car was also damaged in the incident and the Frenchman lost sixth place to the Campos Racing Chevrolet of Kris Richard. That put the former WTCC champion right ahead of Norbert Michelisz, who gained three places after the start to move into eighth place.

Michelisz would need a miracle to overhaul Björk’s 16.5-point lead in the Drivers’ Championship standings, and Muller played the perfect defensive role to help Björk by keeping the Honda driver at bay.

Up at the front of the field, Michelisz’s teammate Guerrieri could do nothing to help his teammate and cruised serenely to victory ahead of Huff, while Nicky Catsburg completed the podium in his Polestar Volvo.

Catsburg briefly handed third place to Björk during the race to aid his teammate’s quest for a maiden championship title, but when the Swede’s position was assured he returned the position to Catsburg on the final lap.


2017 FIA WTCC Race of Qatar – Main Race Final Classification (12 laps)
Driver Team Result Cat
1. Esteban Guerrieri Castrol Honda WTCC Team Civic WTCC 24:43.996 MF
2. Rob Huff Münnich Motorsport Citroën C-Elysée + 3.708 IND
3. Nick Catsburg Polestar Cyan Racing Volvo S60 TC1 volvo + 7.319 MF
4. Thed Björk Polestar Cyan Racing Volvo S60 TC1 volvo + 7.466 MF
5. Tom Chilton Sébastien Loeb Racing Citroën C-Elysée + 8.785 IND
6. Kris Richard Campos Racing Chevrolet RML Cruze + 10.589 IND
7. Yvan Muller Polestar Cyan Racing Volvo S60 TC1 volvo + 11.459 MF
8. Norbert Michelisz Castrol Honda WTCC Team Civic WTCC + 12.023 MF
9. John Filippi Sébastien Loeb Racing Citroën C-Elysée + 15.942 IND
10. Ryo Michigami Honda Racing Team JAS Civic WTCC + 22.140 MF
11. Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze + 22.769 IND
12. Yann Ehrlacher RC Motorsport LADA Vesta WTCC + 24.275 IND
13. Dániel Nagy Zengõ Motorsport Honda Civic WTCC + 30.126 IND
14. Kevin Gleason RC Motorsport LADA Vesta WTCC + 34.895 IND
15. Zsolt Dávid Szabó Zengõ Motorsport Honda Civic WTCC + 48.988 IND
Not Classified
DNF. Mehdi Bennani Sébastien Loeb Racing Citroën C-Elysée Puncture IND

Post-Race Penalties:

  • None

Image via FIA WTCC Media

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