WTCR – Guerrieri doubles up in Honda-powered All-Munnich podium
2020 WTCR Race of Hungary – Race 3 report
Esteban Guerrieri secured his second victory of the WTCR Race of Hungary weekend to shut the hole on WTCR – FIA World Touring Automotive Cup title rival Yann Ehrlacher in an exhilarating Race 3 on the Hungaroring.
Ranging from the DHL Pole Place, Race 1 winner Guerrieri was by no means headed in his ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Sort R TCR to assert his third win of the season, as team-mates Tiago Monteiro and Néstor Girolami ran shotgun to finish a podium lock-out. Goodyear #FollowTheLeader Yann Ehrlacher completed eighth, which diminished his factors benefit to Guerrieri to 22 with six races remaining.
However this was not a simple race for Guerrieri, whose tempo was affected by a unfastened entrance splitter and wheel arch liner. “It was undoubtedly a tough race,” he mentioned. “I had nice safety from Tiago and Néstor and it was excellent workforce work. My automobile was not as fast so I’m grateful to them. It’s necessary for the championship.”
The Argentine made an ideal getaway to guide into Flip 1 as his Honda team-mates shielded him. However home-grown ace Attila Tassi, beginning on the entrance row beside Guerrieri, discovered himself shuffled again and was handed by Jean-Karl Vernay’s Staff Mulsanne Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR by Romeo Ferraris.
Behind Tassi, Mikel Azcona settled into sixth, chased by a trio of Cyan-run Lynk & Cos, with Ehrlacher supported by uncle Yvan Muller and Santiago Urrutia.
Gabriele Tarquini was on a mission for BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Squadra Corse, transferring up the order from P12 on the grid. He was in P10 by lap 5, then combined it with the Lynk & Cos, pulling off sturdy strikes on Urrutia and Muller.
In the meantime, Azcona handed Tassi initially of the ninth lap with a decisive effort on the within of Flip 1. The Spaniard then made an opportunistic transfer on Vernay on lap 11 to assert fourth place and WTCR Trophy honours behind the three main Hondas. Vernay held on to fifth, forward of Tassi.
Tarquini made a fantastic move on Ehrlacher on the chicane on lap 11 to assert seventh. The Frenchman had his factors lead to consider, and wasn’t about to take any huge dangers and battle too arduous. He banked protected factors in eighth forward of Muller and King of WTCR Norbert Michelisz, who rose from P14 to finish the highest 10. The native hero loved a spirited battle with Urrutia, who suffered a puncture because of contact with one other automobile at Flip 13 on lap 10.
Nathanaël Berthon completed in P11 for Comtoyou DHL Staff Audi Sport, forward of Thed Björk’s Lynk & Co, the Audis of Tom Coronel and Gilles Magnus, and Wildcard Luca Filippi’s Alfa Romeo.