Heavy rain has been falling all Sunday on the Slovak track, soaking everything and making it impossible to race in late afternoon. This is the first time in ten years and after 211 races since the championship was revived in 2005 that a WTCC race has been cancelled.
The bad weather did not discouraged the Slovak fans, and official attendance was of 29,900 over the weekend.
Race 1 also was impacted by the adverse weather conditions and was red-flagged before its natural end, although 75% of the distance had been covered and full points were thus awarded. The race was basically decided at the start, where Sébastien Loeb managed to pass team mate José María López, who started from the pole. The two men ensured another 1-2 for Citroën, with Norbert Michelisz (Honda) taking third and visiting the podium for the first time this year.
The three Chevrolets RML cars of Coronel, Chilton and Morbidelli completed the top 6, while Petr Fulín brought home victory in TC2 at the wheel of one of the Campos Racing SEAT León cars.
With Yvan Muller slowed by a drive-through for jumping the start and finishing only 10th, ‘Pechito’ López has now increased his lead in the championship to 25 points over Loeb, now second.
The championship will resume at the Austrian Salzburgring, on May 25 for rounds 9 and 10.