Gabriele Tarquini won the final FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) race of the weekend at the Hungaroring, passing BRC Racing team-mate Norbert Michelisz at the start to score his third win of the season.
Tarquini got the jump on Michelisz when the lights went out at the start, with the Hungarian once again squandering his pole position to lose out early in the race.
Thereafter Michelisz was unable to mount a serious attack on his more experienced team-mate, even though inclement weather threatened, but failed, to spice things up – with the race being suspended after six laps when heavy rain looked set to hit the circuit.
In the end the rain didn’t materialise until after the race had restarted and run its course, leaving Tarquini to win and extend his points lead to 36.
YMR’s Yvan Muller completed the podium to make it a Hyundai 1-2-3, but the Frenchman was ultimately unable to keep pace with the leading BRC-run cars.
Münnich Motorsport’s Yann Ehrlacher was the leading Honda driver in fourth, although team-mate Esteban Guerrieri had originally been in contention for a podium before he was hit with a drive-through penalty for jumping the start whilst running in third.
Boutsen Ginion Racing’s Benjamin Lessennes followed Ehrlacher home to take fifth, ahead of wildcard Dániel Nagy in sixth, who broke into the top ten in the drivers’ standings as a result of three strong finishes on his first weekend in the championship with M1RA.
Münnich Motorsport’s James Thompson was seventh, ahead of race two winner Rob Huff in eighth, with the Sébastien Loeb Racing driver having to sustain heavy pressure from YMR’s Thed Björk in the closing stages of the race.
Björk was ninth, whilst Jean-Karl Vernay was the leading Audi driver in tenth.
Although he missed out on the points, Zengő Motorsport’s Norbert Nagy continued the run of good form for the local racers by taking 11th, ending up as the leading CUPRA driver.
Campos Racing’s Pepe Oriola was initially classified in 12th, but the Spaniard was later handed a post-race 10-second penalty for multiple track limits exceedances, dropping him to 19th.
Aurélien Panis failed to finish the race after picking up front-left damage on his Audi on lap three, which necessitated a brief two-lap safety car period early in the race.
After serving his drive-through penalty at the end of the safety car period, Guerrieri could only manage 22nd and last at the end of the race.
The next round of WTCR takes place at the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife from May 10 – 12.
|1||30||Gabriele TARQUINI||BRC Racing Team||Hyundai i30 N TCR||17||17 LAPS||1:54.295||2|
|2||5||Norbert MICHELISZ||BRC Racing Team||Hyundai i30 N TCR||17||0.354||1:54.272||1|
|3||48||Yvan MULLER||YMR||Hyundai i30 N TCR||17||3.691||1:54.278||6|
|4||68||Yann EHRLACHER||ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport||Honda Civic Type R TCR||17||4.092||1:54.129||4|
|5||63||Benjamin LESSENNES||Boutsen Ginion Racing||Honda Civic Type R TCR||17||7.675||1:54.522||5|
|6||99||Dániel NAGY||M1RA||Hyundai i30 N TCR||17||8.198||1:54.439||9|
|7||15||James THOMPSON||ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport||Honda Civic Type R TCR||17||9.631||1:54.847||7|
|8||12||Rob HUFF||Sébastien Loeb Racing||Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR||17||12.386||1:54.835||10|
|9||11||Thed BJÖRK||YMR||Hyundai i30 N TCR||17||12.999||1:54.243||18|
|10||69||Jean-Karl VERNAY||Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team||Audi RS3 LMS||17||17.645||1:55.047||14|
|11||8||Norbert NAGY||Zengő Motorsport||CUPRA TCR||17||21.297||1:55.304||11|
|12||74||Pepe ORIOLA||Team Oscaro by Campos Racing||CUPRA TCR||17||22.260||1:55.679||17|
|13||52||Gordon SHEDDEN||Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team||Audi RS3 LMS||17||22.769||1:55.706||19|
|14||7||Aurélien COMTE||DG Sport Compétition||Peugeot 308 TCR||17||23.439||1:55.852||16|
|15||10||Gianni MORBIDELLI||Team Mulsanne||Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR||17||24.124||1:55.904||23|
|16||70||Mat’o HOMOLA||DG Sport Compétition||Peugeot 308 TCR||17||25.404||1:55.936||21|
|17||19||Attila TASSI||KCMG||Honda Civic Type R TCR||17||25.688||1:55.669||26|
|18||23||Nathanaël BERTHON||Comtoyou Racing||Audi RS3 LMS||17||26.354||1:56.048||15|
|19||25||Mehdi BENNANI||Sébastien Loeb Racing||Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR||17||27.077||1:55.276||8|
|20||22||Frédéric VERVISCH||Audi Sport Team Comtoyou||Audi RS3 LMS||17||27.869||1:56.024||24|
|21||20||Denis DUPONT||Comtoyou Racing||Audi RS3 LMS||17||35.408||1:56.439||25|
|22||86||Esteban GUERRIERI||ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport||Honda Civic Type R TCR||17||1:53.270||1:54.918||3|
|R||66||Zsolt Dávid SZABÓ||Zengő Motorsport||CUPRA TCR||6||DNF||1:58.081||12|
|R||9||Tom CORONEL||Boutsen Ginion Racing||Honda Civic Type R TCR||5||DNF||1:58.589||20|
|R||27||John FILIPPI||Team Oscaro by Campos Racing||CUPRA TCR||4||DNF||N/A||13|
|R||88||Fabrizio GIOVANARDI||Team Mulsanne||Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR||3||DNF||N/A||27|
|R||21||Aurélien PANIS||Comtoyou Racing||Audi RS3 LMS||1||DNF||N/A||22|