Benjamin Lessennes penalised for clash with James Thompson

Benjamin Lessennes penalised for clash with James Thompson

Benjamin Lessennes
Photo: Thomas Fenetre / DPPI

Boutsen Ginion Racing’s Benajmin Lessennes has been handed a post-race 10-second penalty for contact with Münnich Motorsport’s James Thompson in the opening FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) race at the Hungaroring.

Thompson had been set to score two points until Lessennes hit his fellow Honda driver at Turn 1 on lap eight, dropping the Brit out of the points to 13th.

After the race the Belgian racer was penalised, giving the final points to Mehdi Bennani and demoting Lessennes to 14th.

“It’s unfortunate but I can’t control other people,” said Thompson to TouringCars.Net. “We could have ended up leading the second race in Marrakech, but we unfortunately got turned around and then squeezed.

“What can I do – it’s tight here and we do keep getting knocked off. Everybody keeps coming and apologising, and people keep getting penalties, but it is what it is.

“I don’t think we should have been as far back to start with. On our pace from the first two sessions we should have been in the top six, and we’ve lost pace all weekend, so we’re going to have a bit of a look at it.”

Elsewhere Comtoyou Racing’s Denis Dupont was also handed a 10-second penalty for track limit infringements, dropping the Belgian to 22nd position.

Revised race result

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 68 Yann EHRLACHER ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type R TCR 12 12 LAPS 1:54.859 5
2 86 Esteban GUERRIERI ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type R TCR 12 0.692 1:54.691 2
3 5 Norbert MICHELISZ BRC Racing Team Hyundai i30 N TCR 12 5.942 1:55.104 1
4 48 Yvan MULLER YMR Hyundai i30 N TCR 12 7.290 1:55.162 6
5 12 Rob HUFF Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 12 9.117 1:55.538 8
6 30 Gabriele TARQUINI BRC Racing Team Hyundai i30 N TCR 12 9.856 1:55.406 4
7 99 Dániel NAGY M1RA Hyundai i30 N TCR 12 11.096 1:55.578 7
8 69 Jean-Karl VERNAY Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team Audi RS3 LMS 12 15.403 1:55.457 11
9 11 Thed BJÖRK YMR Hyundai i30 N TCR 12 16.202 1:55.640 3
10 25 Mehdi BENNANI Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 12 21.537 1:55.458 14
11 23 Nathanaël BERTHON Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS 12 22.455 1:56.027 13
12 15 James THOMPSON ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type R TCR 12 25.448 1:55.633 9
13 22 Frédéric VERVISCH Audi Sport Team Comtoyou Audi RS3 LMS 12 25.801 1:56.197 24
14 63 Benjamin LESSENNES Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda Civic Type R TCR 12 26.901 1:55.096 10
15 21 Aurélien PANIS Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS 12 27.850 1:56.355 23
16 74 Pepe ORIOLA Team Oscaro by Campos Racing CUPRA TCR 12 32.592 1:56.517 22
17 7 Aurélien COMTE DG Sport Compétition Peugeot 308 TCR 12 33.231 1:56.593 19
18 52 Gordon SHEDDEN Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team Audi RS3 LMS 12 33.978 1:56.462 25
19 19 Attila TASSI KCMG Honda Civic Type R TCR 12 34.344 1:56.397 21
20 70 Mat’o HOMOLA DG Sport Compétition Peugeot 308 TCR 12 34.671 1:56.764 15
21 66 Zsolt Dávid SZABÓ Zengő Motorsport CUPRA TCR 12 46.586 1:57.408 27
22 20 Denis DUPONT Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS 12 46.738 1:57.064 26
R 88 Fabrizio GIOVANARDI Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR 9 DNF 1:55.884 18
R 27 John FILIPPI Team Oscaro by Campos Racing CUPRA TCR 6 DNF 1:55.803 16
R 10 Gianni MORBIDELLI Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR 5 DNF 1:55.940 20
R 9 Tom CORONEL Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda Civic Type R TCR 2 DNF N/A 12
R 8 Norbert NAGY Zengő Motorsport CUPRA TCR 1 DNF N/A 17