Sébastien Loeb Racing’s rob Huff took victory in the reverse-grid second FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) race at the Hungaroring, aggressively defending his lead at the start and controlling the race thereafter.
The 2012 WTCC champion had moved into the prime grid position as a result of Attila Tassi’s qualifying times being disallowed, and the Volkswagen driver made the most of his opportunity to control the race from the front.
Second-placed Dániel Nagy, racing this weekend as a wildcard entry for M1RA, tried his hardest to take the fight to Huff, but the Hyundai driver couldn’t find a way past the Volkswagen and had to settle for a maiden podium in second.
YMR’s Yvan Muller claimed third, having jumped from fifth to the final podium position on the opening lap as Huff’s team-mate Mehdi Bennani got off to a poor start.
BRC Racing’s Gabriele Tarquini took fourth, with a robust move on Münnich Motorsport’s Esteban Guerrieri at Turn 2 on the tenth lap giving the Italian the position, leaving Honda racer Guerrieri to settle for fifth.
Home favourite Norbert Michelisz took sixth, having started from tenth. The Hungarian had made his way into eighth on the first lap, and he then passed Bennani for the position on lap eight heading into Turn 1.
Having started third, Bennani had to settle for seventh, ahead of Boutsen Ginion Racing’s Benjamin Lessennes in eighth, with the Belgian having been penalised three places on the grid for his qualifying mishap.
Zengő Motorsport’s Zsolt Szabó secured the local team’s first points of the season in ninth, whilst Jean-Karl Vernay was the leading Audi driver in tenth.
Münnich Motorsports drivers Yann Ehrlacher and James Thompson had a race to forget, with both drivers experiencing technical issues whilst running in the points. First Ehrlacher, who had dropped to the bottom of the points, came into the pits reporting no power, before Thompson slowed on circuit whilst running in fifth.
There were also mechanical issues for DG Sport Compétition’s Mat’o Homola, who retired in the pits after seven laps, and Campos Racing’s Pepe Oriola, who was the first to retire in the pits.
An incident between Team Mulsanne duo Fabrizio Giovanardi and Gianni Morbidelli, which was investigated after the race, resulted in the former being deemed to be at fault and given a 30-second time penalty after the two Alfa Romeo drivers made contact in the closing laps.
The final WTCR race of the weekend takes place at 16:55 CEST (15:55 BST).
Revised race result
|1||12||Rob HUFF||Sébastien Loeb Racing||Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR||12||12 LAPS||1:55.090||1|
|2||99||Dániel NAGY||M1RA||Hyundai i30 N TCR||12||0.562||1:54.787||2|
|3||48||Yvan MULLER||YMR||Hyundai i30 N TCR||12||2.200||1:54.921||5|
|4||30||Gabriele TARQUINI||BRC Racing Team||Hyundai i30 N TCR||12||2.659||1:55.006||8|
|5||86||Esteban GUERRIERI||ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport||Honda Civic Type R TCR||12||3.050||1:54.859||7|
|6||5||Norbert MICHELISZ||BRC Racing Team||Hyundai i30 N TCR||12||4.252||1:54.902||10|
|7||25||Mehdi BENNANI||Sébastien Loeb Racing||Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR||12||8.529||1:55.665||3|
|8||63||Benjamin LESSENNES||Boutsen Ginion Racing||Honda Civic Type R TCR||12||13.453||1:55.608||9|
|9||66||Zsolt Dávid SZABÓ||Zengő Motorsport||CUPRA TCR||12||19.460||1:55.911||12|
|10||69||Jean-Karl VERNAY||Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team||Audi RS3 LMS||12||19.896||1:56.069||14|
|11||8||Norbert NAGY||Zengő Motorsport||CUPRA TCR||12||22.475||1:56.209||11|
|12||11||Thed BJÖRK||YMR||Hyundai i30 N TCR||12||22.855||1:56.090||18|
|13||27||John FILIPPI||Team Oscaro by Campos Racing||CUPRA TCR||12||24.007||1:55.909||13|
|14||23||Nathanaël BERTHON||Comtoyou Racing||Audi RS3 LMS||12||24.480||1:56.240||15|
|15||52||Gordon SHEDDEN||Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team||Audi RS3 LMS||12||25.916||1:56.586||19|
|16||7||Aurélien COMTE||DG Sport Compétition||Peugeot 308 TCR||12||26.732||1:56.709||16|
|17||22||Frédéric VERVISCH||Audi Sport Team Comtoyou||Audi RS3 LMS||12||27.115||1:56.524||24|
|18||19||Attila TASSI||KCMG||Honda Civic Type R TCR||12||27.832||1:56.016||26|
|19||9||Tom CORONEL||Boutsen Ginion Racing||Honda Civic Type R TCR||12||31.597||1:56.624||20|
|20||21||Aurélien PANIS||Comtoyou Racing||Audi RS3 LMS||12||33.739||1:56.657||22|
|21||20||Denis DUPONT||Comtoyou Racing||Audi RS3 LMS||12||39.207||1:57.667||25|
|22||10||Gianni MORBIDELLI||Team Mulsanne||Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR||12||44.396||1:56.856||23|
|23||88||Fabrizio GIOVANARDI||Team Mulsanne||Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR||12||1:00.037*||1:55.997||27|
|R||68||Yann EHRLACHER||ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport||Honda Civic Type R TCR||8||DNF||1:55.206||6|
|R||15||James THOMPSON||ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport||Honda Civic Type R TCR||8||DNF||1:55.443||4|
|R||70||Mat’o HOMOLA||DG Sport Compétition||Peugeot 308 TCR||7||DNF||1:56.169||21|
|R||74||Pepe ORIOLA||Team Oscaro by Campos Racing||CUPRA TCR||5||DNF||1:56.563||17|