Esteban Guerrieri wins sedate race two at Zandvoort

Esteban Guerrieri wins sedate race two at Zandvoort

Esteban Guerrieri
Photo: Florent Gooden / DPPI

Münnich Motorsport’s Esteban Guerrieri took his third win of the season in the second FIA World Touring Car Cup race at Zandvoort, finishing ahead of SLR duo Benjamin Leuchter and Johan Kristoffersson to extend his points lead.

Guerrieri started the race from the reverse grid pole and after getting a good start the Honda driver led for the entirety of the race, sustaining prolonged pressure from the Volkswagen of Leuchter to extend his championship advantage to 20 points.

Leuchter scored a first-ever WTCR podium in second, keeping the pressure on throughout the race whilst he was protected from behind by team-mate Kristoffersson, who also took a first podium in the series.

BRC’s Nicky Catsburg was the top Hyundai in fifth ahead of the CUPRA of PWR Racing’s Mikel Azcona, as the top five finished in the same order they started the race.

Augusto Farfus brought his BRC Hyundai home in sixth, the Brazilian benefitting when Lynk & Co’s Yvan Muller ran wide at the final corner on lap four and dropped four places.

Michelisz followed his BRC team-mate home in seventh, ahead of the best Lynk & Co of Yann Ehrlacher in eighth, whilst Muller took the flag in ninth.

Néstor Girolami completed the top ten, the Münnich Motorsport driver unable to make significant progress in a race which saw little overtaking action.

Rob Huff was the best Brit in 11th in his Volkswagen, taking his first points of the weekend after an engine change ahead of Saturday’s first race.

Lynk & Co’s Thed Björk was 12th after he suffered a loss of two places on the same lap that team-mate Muller dropped down the order.

The only retirement of the race was KCMG’s Attila Tassi, who was helped off the circuit by Comtoyou Racing’s Tom Coronel approaching Turn 6 on the opening lap. His Honda bounced off the barriers on the inside of the circuit before coming to a rest in the gravel, requiring a safety car phase from laps three to four.

Race three gets underway at 16:35 CEST (15:35 BST).

Race result

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 86 Esteban GUERRIERI ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type R TCR 14 26:38.390 1:47.139 1
2 33 Benjamin LEUCHTER SLR Volkswagen Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 14 0.263 1:47.077 2
3 14 Johan KRISTOFFERSSON SLR Volkswagen Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 14 0.711 1:47.171 3
4 88 Nicky CATSBURG BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Racing Team Hyundai i30 N TCR 14 1.659 1:47.667 4
5 96 Mikel AZCONA PWR Racing CUPRA TCR 14 2.035 1:47.630 5
6 8 Augusto FARFUS BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Racing Team Hyundai i30 N TCR 14 2.433 1:47.834 7
7 5 Norbert MICHELISZ BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse Hyundai i30 N TCR 14 5.379 1:48.053 8
8 68 Yann EHRLACHER Cyan Performance Lynk & Co Lynk & Co 03 TCR 14 6.128 1:47.975 10
9 100 Yvan MULLER Cyan Racing Lynk & Co Lynk & Co 03 TCR 14 7.428 1:47.924 6
10 29 Néstor GIROLAMI ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type R TCR 14 7.781 1:47.681 11
11 12 Rob HUFF SLR VW Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 14 8.094 1:47.953 12
12 11 Thed BJÖRK Cyan Racing Lynk & Co Lynk & Co 03 TCR 14 8.656 1:48.069 9
13 1 Gabriele TARQUINI BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse Hyundai i30 N TCR 14 9.247 1:47.613 14
14 21 Aurélien PANIS Comtoyou DHL Team CUPRA Racing CUPRA TCR 14 9.884 1:47.607 13
15 69 Jean-Karl VERNAY Leopard Racing Team Audi Sport Audi RS3 LMS TCR 14 11.118 1:47.692 15
16 25 Mehdi BENNANI SLR VW Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 14 11.464 1:47.307 16
17 10 Niels LANGEVELD Comtoyou Team Audi Sport Audi RS3 LMS TCR 14 12.626 1:47.563 18
18 111 Andy PRIAULX Cyan Performance Lynk & Co Lynk & Co 03 TCR 14 13.267 1:47.698 17
19 37 Daniel HAGLÖF PWR Racing CUPRA TCR 14 13.734 1:47.981 22
20 31 Kevin CECCON Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR 14 14.327 1:48.031 19
21 22 Frédéric VERVISCH Comtoyou Team Audi Sport Audi RS3 LMS TCR 14 14.631 1:47.802 20
22 52 Gordon SHEDDEN Leopard Racing Team Audi Sport Audi RS3 LMS TCR 14 17.185 1:48.135 26
23 18 Tiago MONTEIRO KCMG Honda Civic Type R TCR 14 17.534 1:47.950 23
24 50 Tom CORONEL Comtoyou DHL Team CUPRA Racing CUPRA TCR 14 17.978 1:48.164 25
25 55 Ma QING HUA Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR 14 18.526 1:48.229 24
R 9 Attila TASSI KCMG Honda Civic Type R TCR 0 DNF N/A 21

WTCR standings after Round 11