Norbert Michelisz claims dominant home win

Norbert Michelisz claims dominant home win

Norbert Michelisz scored a popular home victory

 

Norbert Michelisz won the second WTCC race in Hungary

Zengo Motorsport’s Norbert Michelisz scored a popular home victory in the second World Touring Car Championship race in Hungary ahead of the ROAL Motorsport pairing of Tom Coronel and Tom Chilton.

Michelisz dominated proceedings having started on pole and romped to a fourth WTCC win – which was also the first non-Citroën victory of the season – 7.103s ahead of Coronel at the flag, with Chilton a further two seconds down on his team-mate.

The Hungarian held his advantage off the line at the start of the race to lead into Turn 1, with Coronel passing Chilton on the run into the corner.

Things weren’t quite as clean further back in the pack, however, as a moment from Sébastien Loeb forced his Citroën team-mate Ma Qing Hua to take evasive action, who tapped the rear of Rob Huff’s LADA Vesta on the exit of the corner, pitching the Briton sideways and breaking his rear suspension.

Michelisz quickly established a lead at the front of the field, with his advantage up to 3.6s at the end of the fourth lap, as a train grew behind second-placed Coronel, with Chilton heading the Honda of Tiago Monteiro and the Citroën trio of Loeb, race one victor José María López and Yvan Muller.

Coronel was eventually able to pull clear of his team-mate, but had to settle for second with Michelisz well up the road, the Hungarian securing a second home win in the championship to the delight of a noisy crowd.

Chilton was forced to stay alert in third until the end of the race, but was still relatively comfortable at the flag ahead of Monteiro, Loeb, López and Muller.

Hugo Valente was five seconds further back in eighth, ahead of Ma who had recovered after his earlier contact. Grégoire Demoustier completed the top ten, the Belgian scoring a second point of the season.

Race result

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME/GAP BEST GD
1 5 Y Norbert MICHELISZ Zengő Motorsport Honda Civic WTCC 14 14 LAPS 1:50.435 1
2 4 Y Tom CORONEL ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 14 7.103 1:51.228 3
3 3 Y Tom CHILTON ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 14 9.315 1:51.206 2
4 18 Tiago MONTEIRO Castrol Honda WTC Team Honda Civic WTCC 14 10.176 1:51.209 5
5 9 Sébastien LOEB Citroën Total WTCC Citroën C-Elysée WTCC 14 11.235 1:51.295 7
6 37 José María LÓPEZ Citroën Total WTCC Citroën C-Elysée WTCC 14 12.04 1:51.364 8
7 68 Yvan MULLER Citroën Total WTCC Citroën C-Elysée WTCC 14 13.065 1:51.380 10
8 7 Y Hugo VALENTE Campos Racing Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 14 18.639 1:51.490 9
9 33 MA Qing Hua Citroën Total WTCC Citroën C-Elysée WTCC 14 19.826 1:51.684 6
10 11 Y Grégoire DEMOUSTIER Craft-Bamboo Racing Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 14 30.021 1:52.118 15
11 27 Y John FILIPPI Campos Racing Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 14 38.66 1:52.253 13
12 26 Y Stefano D’ASTE ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 14 42.03 1:52.583 12
13 2 Gabriele TARQUINI Castrol Honda WTC Team Honda Civic WTCC 14 1:11.284 1:50.356 17
R 14 Mikhail KOZLOVSKIY LADA Sport Rosneft LADA Vesta WTCC 6 8 Lp. N/A 16
R 25 Y Mehdi BENNANI Sébastien Loeb Racing Citroën C-Elysée WTCC 1 13 Lp. 1:53.401 11
R 12 Rob HUFF LADA Sport Rosneft LADA Vesta WTCC 1 13 Lp. N/A 4
R 15 James THOMPSON LADA Sport Rosneft LADA Vesta WTCC DNS N/A 14

Complete race results