Norbert Michelisz leads Honda 1-2 after puncture for Nicky Catsburg

Norbert Michelisz leads Honda 1-2 after puncture for Nicky Catsburg

Norbert Michelisz
Photo: Francois Flamand / DPPI

Norbert Michelisz lead team-mate Tiago Monteiro home for a Honda 1-2 in the Main World Touring Car Championship race in Argentina, after early race leader Nicky Catsburg picked up a puncture whilst leading.

Pole-sitter Catsburg took the lead at the start whilst Michelisz settled into second ahead of team-mate Tiago Monteiro.

The Honda duo appeared to lack the pace of Catsburg at the front, with the Dutchman opening up an advantage of over a second before disaster struck on lap seven when the Volvo driver picked up a front-left puncture for the second consecutive race.

With Catsburg crawling back to the pits, Michelisz was left leading Monteiro and the duo were unchallenged thereafter, allowing the Hungarian, who admitted to feeling unwell once again this weekend, to pick up his second win of the season – the first time that Michelisz has won more than one race in a WTCC season.

Thed Björk picked up a consolation podium for Polestar in third, limiting the championship lead damage done with the Volvo driver just 12 points adrift heading into the late Summer break.

Campos Racing’s Esteban Guerrieri had another strong race to take fourth, despite contact with both Sébastien Loeb Racing drivers of Tom Chilton and Mehdi Bennani at the start of the race.

Polestar’s Néstor Girolami took sixth, having put significant pressure on Guerrieri late in the race for the honour of the top Argentine driver but just come short.

Chilton took seventh, ahead of race one winner Yann Ehrlacher in eighth and Münnich Motorsport’s Rob Huff in ninth – the Brit putting plenty of pressure on the Frenchman ahead throughout the race but ultimately being unable to find a way past.

ROAL Motorsport’s Tom Coronel was once again in the points in tenth after being unable to make significant progress in the low-attrition-rate race.

Having taken his second points of the season in the Opening Race, Honda’s Ryo Michigami could only manage 11th and no points in the Main Race.

The next round of the WTCC takes place in just under three months’ time at the brand new Ningbo International Speedpark in China in mid-October.

Race result

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 5 Norbert MICHELISZ Honda Racing Team JAS Honda Civic WTCC 13 22:39.375 1:43.537 2
2 18 Tiago MONTEIRO Honda Racing Team JAS Honda Civic WTCC 13 0.505 1:43.574 3
3 62 Thed BJÖRK Polestar Cyan Racing Volvo S60 Polestar 13 1.381 1:43.844 5
4 86 T Esteban GUERRIERI Campos Racing Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 13 6.379 1:44.156 4
5 25 T Mehdi BENNANI Sébastien Loeb Racing Citroën C-Elysée WTCC 13 14.281 1:44.752 7
6 61 Néstor GIROLAMI Polestar Cyan Racing Volvo S60 Polestar 13 14.675 1:44.656 6
7 3 T Tom CHILTON Sébastien Loeb Racing Citroën C-Elysée WTCC 13 20.386 1:45.264 8
8 68 T Yann EHRLACHER RC Motorsport LADA Vesta WTCC 13 20.75 1:45.277 10
9 12 T Rob HUFF ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Citroën C-Elysée WTCC 13 20.999 1:45.240 13
10 9 T Tom CORONEL ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 13 21.983 1:45.202 12
11 34 Ryo MICHIGAMI Honda Racing Team JAS Honda Civic WTCC 13 22.361 1:45.178 9
12 27 T John FILIPPI Sébastien Loeb Racing Citroën C-Elysée WTCC 13 22.989 1:45.435 11
13 24 T Kevin GLEASON RC Motorsport LADA Vesta WTCC 13 26.701 1:45.492 16
14 99 T Dániel NAGY Zengő Motorsport Kft Honda Civic WTCC 13 39.996 1:46.149 14
15 66 T Zsolt Dávid SZABÓ Zengő Motorsport Kft Honda Civic WTCC 13 40.437 1:45.831 15
16 63 Nicky CATSBURG Polestar Cyan Racing Volvo S60 Polestar 12 + 1 Lap 1:43.480 1