Ma Qing Hua and Norbert Michelisz penalised in race two

Ma Qing Hua and Norbert Michelisz penalised in race two

Ma Qing Hua
Photo: Jean Michel Le Meur / DPPI

Ma Qing Hua and Norbert Michelisz were handed post-race penalties in the second World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) race at Ningbo, with Ma penalised for hitting Yann Ehrlacher whilst Michelisz was punished for not respecting track limits.

Boutsen Ginion Racing’s Ma made contact with fellow Honda driver Ehrlacher on the last lap of the race, eliminating the Münnich Motorsport driver from what was tenth position.

The Chinese driver was handed a post-race drive through penalty, adding 30 seconds to his finishing time and dropping him from 14th position to 17th in the revised result.

“I don’t know what happened with the Chinese guy – if he just forgot to brake or had an issue or whatever,” said Ehrlacher of the incident. “But he fucked my race – the left-rear left was completely fucked. It’s like this – a lot of points gone for nothing, but that’s racing.”

BRC Racing’s Michelisz, meanwhile, was hit with a smaller five-second time penalty for not respecting track limits, dropping the Hyundai racer from ninth to 11th and losing him the two points he would have added to his tally.

That means Michelisz loses a small amount of ground in the title race, leaving him 46 points adrift of team-mate Gabriele Tarquini.

Comtoyou Racing’s Frédéric Vervisch had initially been given a post-race 10-second penalty for contact with Ehrlacher which had initially dropped the Frenchman out of a podium position, but the penalty was revoked when “new significant and relevant elements not previously available” were considered, along with additional video evidence.

Revised race result

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 48 Yvan MULLER YMR Hyundai i30 N TCR 13 24:32.355 1:52.356 2
2 25 Mehdi BENNANI Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 13 2.620 1:52.757 1
3 86 Esteban GUERRIERI ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR 13 8.569 1:52.537 8
4 20 Denis DUPONT Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS 13 9.965 1:52.844 5
5 12 Rob HUFF Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 13 12.526 1:52.933 6
6 22 Frédéric VERVISCH Audi Sport Team Comtoyou Audi RS3 LMS 13 12.629 1:52.703 4
7 11 Thed BJÖRK YMR Hyundai i30 N TCR 13 12.796 1:52.682 10
8 23 Nathanaël BERTHON Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS 13 12.961 1:53.042 11
9 74 Pepe ORIOLA Team Oscaro by Campos Racing CUPRA TCR 13 15.337 1:53.102 15
10 21 Aurélien PANIS Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS 13 18.019 1:53.391 16
11 5 Norbert MICHELISZ BRC Racing Team Hyundai i30 N TCR 13 18.257 1:52.923 9
12 31 Kevin CECCON Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR 13 22.473 1:53.588 19
13 88 Fabrizio GIOVANARDI Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR 13 27.413 1:54.122 25
14 52 Gordon SHEDDEN Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team Audi RS3 LMS 13 31.601 1:54.100 22
15 9 Tom CORONEL Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR 13 32.475 1:54.111 23
16 70 Mat’o HOMOLA DG Sport Compétition Peugeot 308 TCR 13 33.618 1:54.286 24
17 55 MA Qing Hua Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR 13 1:01.012 1:53.113 12
18 68 Yann EHRLACHER ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR 12 + 1 LAP 1:52.713 3
19 42 Timo SCHEIDER ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR 12 + 1 LAP 1:52.574 18
20 8 Norbert NAGY Zengő Motorsport CUPRA TCR 10 + 3 LAPS 1:54.053 20
R 7 Aurélien COMTE DG Sport Compétition Peugeot 308 TCR 9 DNF 1:53.543 14
R 27 John FILIPPI Team Oscaro by Campos Racing CUPRA TCR 8 DNF 1:54.352 21
R 69 Jean-Karl VERNAY Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team Audi RS3 LMS 3 DNF 10:11.723 13
R 30 Gabriele TARQUINI BRC Racing Team Hyundai i30 N TCR 3 DNF 14:18.762 7
R 66 Zsolt Dávid SZABÓ Zengő Motorsport CUPRA TCR 3 DNF 14:16.976 17