Main Race flash: Mehdi Bennani keeps Thed Björk at bay for WTCC glory
Mehdi Bennani soaked up big pressure from Thed Björk to win the Main Race at WTCC DHL Race of Qatar, the final race of the 2016 FIA World Touring Car Championship.
Starting from his maiden outright pole position, Bennani kept the lead at the start in front of José María López, who passed the Volvo of Björk. Behind that there was some fraught racing, with separate incidents between Tom Chilton and Robert Dahlgren and the LADA pair of Nicky Catsburg and Hugo Valente triggering a safety car.
After the restart, Björk found a way back past López and caught Bennani, looking to take a second win in as many events for Polestar Cyan Racing. The Moroccan kept the Swede at bay however with an error-free run to the chequered flag for his second win of the year in his Sébastien Loeb Racing-entered Citroën.