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).
|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|