Gabriele Tarquini heads Norbert Michelisz in BRC 1-2 in final race

Gabriele Tarquini heads Norbert Michelisz in BRC 1-2 in final race

Gabriele Tarquini
Photo: Florent Gooden / DPPI

Gabriele Tarquini led team-mate Norbert Michelisz home for a BRC Hyundai 1-2 in the final FIA World Touring Car Cup race of the day at the Hungaroring, as early leader Esteban Guerrieri retired with mechanical failure.

Michelisz started his home race from pole position, but Guerrieri got off to a stronger start in his Honda and passed the Hungarian into the first corner.

Tarquini then went around the outside of his team-mate at Turn 2, leaving Michelisz behind the reigning champion.

Guerrieri comfortably led for the first three laps but approaching the chicane on lap four the Argentine lost power briefly in his car and allowed both Tarquini and Michelisz through into the lead.

Things then went from bad to worse for the erstwhile points leader when he crashed into the barriers at the final corner on lap 11 after seemingly suffering from a steering failure, prompting a three-lap safety car period.

A final safety car phase then came for the last two laps when the Alfa Romeo of Kevin Ceccon stopped at Turn 9 with a broken front-left wheel, with the race finishing behind the safety car.

Cyan Racing’s Yann Ehrlacher completed the podium as the best of the Lynk & Co drivers, having briefly challenged for the lead at the start, before dropping back from the Hyundais ahead.

PWR Racing’s Mikel Azcona was fourth, having together with Cyan Racing’s Thed Björk moved ahead of the Honda of Néstor Girolami on the opening lap.

After retiring from race two, Björk took valuable points home with fifth, remining in the top three in the drivers’ standings, ahead of Girolami in sixth as the sole finisher for Münnich Motorsport.

Rob Huff was the best SLR Volkswagen driver for the second race in a row with seventh, ahead of BRC’s Augusto Farfus in eighth.

Completing the top ten in a much more sedate third race of the weekend were BRC’s Nicky Catsburg and Leopard Racing’s Jean-Karl Vernay.

Comtoyou Racing CUPRA driver Aurélien Panis was 11th, ahead of his Audi team-mate Frédéric Vervisch in 12th and CUPRA team-mate Tom Coronel in 13th.

KCMG’s Attila Tassi was 14th, despite the Honda driver applying much late-race pressure to Coronel ahead, with SLR VW driver Mehdi Bennani getting the final point in 15th in his repair Golf GTi.

Yvan Muller failed to finish the race after making early contact with Cyan Racing team-mate Andy Priaulx on the opening lap, also getting the Lynk & Co driver a drive-through penalty before he called it quits.

Girolami leads compatriot Guerrieri in the standings with 100 points to his team-mate’s 90, whilst Björk is on 81 points, just two ahead of Tarquini after the latter’s second win of the season.

Race result

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 1 Gabriele TARQUINI BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse Hyundai i30 N TCR 17 17 LAPS 1:55.196 4
2 5 Norbert MICHELISZ BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse Hyundai i30 N TCR 17 0.739 1:55.193 1
3 68 Yann EHRLACHER Cyan Performance Lynk & Co Lynk & Co 03 TCR 17 1.535 1:55.102 3
4 96 Mikel AZCONA PWR Racing CUPRA TCR 17 1.785 1:55.286 6
5 11 Thed BJÖRK Cyan Racing Lynk & Co Lynk & Co 03 TCR 17 2.112 1:55.502 7
6 29 Néstor GIROLAMI ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type R TCR 17 2.862 1:55.303 5
7 12 Rob HUFF SLR VW Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 17 3.051 1:55.046 11
8 8 Augusto FARFUS BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Racing Team Hyundai i30 N TCR 17 3.721 1:55.395 8
9 88 Nicky CATSBURG BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Racing Team Hyundai i30 N TCR 17 5.770 1:55.340 13
10 69 Jean-Karl VERNAY Leopard Racing Team Audi Sport Audi RS3 LMS TCR 17 6.582 1:55.473 10
11 21 Aurélien PANIS Comtoyou DHL Team CUPRA Racing CUPRA TCR 17 6.892 1:55.597 14
12 22 Frédéric VERVISCH Comtoyou Team Audi Sport Audi RS3 LMS TCR 17 7.351 1:56.039 19
13 50 Tom CORONEL Comtoyou DHL Team CUPRA Racing CUPRA TCR 17 8.656 1:55.808 16
14 9 Attila TASSI KCMG Honda Civic Type R TCR 17 10.748 1:55.825 17
15 25 Mehdi BENNANI SLR VW Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 17 12.549 1:55.885 18
16 18 Tiago MONTEIRO KCMG Honda Civic Type R TCR 17 14.107 1:55.861 21
17 33 Benjamin LEUCHTER SLR Volkswagen Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 17 14.662 1:55.578 20
18 10 Niels LANGEVELD Comtoyou Team Audi Sport Audi RS3 LMS TCR 17 14.862 1:56.007 23
19 55 Ma QING HUA Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR 17 18.418 1:55.913 26
20 111 Andy PRIAULX Cyan Performance Lynk & Co Lynk & Co 03 TCR 17 18.932 1:55.597 12
21 52 Gordon SHEDDEN Leopard Racing Team Audi Sport Audi RS3 LMS TCR 17 19.836 1:56.363 25
22 14 Johan KRISTOFFERSSON SLR Volkswagen Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 17 20.175 1:56.112 22
23 23 Támas TENKE Zengő Motorsport CUPRA TCR 17 21.292 1:56.963 27
24 37 Daniel HAGLÖF PWR Racing CUPRA TCR 17 21.547 1:55.101 9
R 31 Kevin CECCON Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR 14 DNF 1:55.873 24
R 86 Esteban GUERRIERI ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type R TCR 10 DNF 1:55.306 2
R 100 Yvan MULLER Cyan Racing Lynk & Co Lynk & Co 03 TCR 9 DNF 1:55.454 15