Mikel Azcona penalised for contact with Esteban Guerrieri

Mikel Azcona penalised for contact with Esteban Guerrieri

Esteban Guerrieri and Mikel Azcona
Photo: Gregory Lenormand / DPPI

PWR Racing’s Mikel Azcona was handed a post-race 30-second penalty for contact with Münnich Motorsport’s Esteban Guerrieri in the season finale of the FIA World Touring Car Cup in Sepang, which cost the latter the title.

Azcona was battling for the lead of the race with Guerrieri in race three in Malaysia, when the pair made contact in the run up to Turn 12.

The incident pitched Guerrieri onto the grass, which in turn filled his radiator vents with grass, whilst Azcona moved into the race lead.

The blockage at the front of Guerrieri’s car then caused his engine to overheat, losing him power and dropping him down the order before he eventually pitted under a safety car to have the blockage cleared.

By that stage two thirds of the race had elapsed, and Azcona, who then dropped to second, went on to claim a podium finish, whilst Norbert Michelisz secured the outright drivers’ title.

The stewards deemed Azcona to be at fault for the clash and gave him a 30-second time penalty, dropping the Spaniard to 14th.

“I’m really sorry for Esteban, what’s happened, I didn’t want this finish, for sure,” explained Azcona after the race.

“At the same time, he was battling for the championship, but I had [Johan] Kristoffersson behind me, so I had to battle for my rookie championship.

“It’s my first year and I don’t want to lose. I didn’t want this situation, it wasn’t on purpose, I didn’t crash into him on purpose.

“I do not like this situation; I am sorry Esteban and I cannot say anything more.”

Gabriele Tarquini was the only other driver penalised after the race, with the Italian handed a 30-second time penalty for a safety car procedure violation, dropping him from sixth to 18th.

Revised race result

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 14 Johan KRISTOFFERSSON SLR Volkswagen Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 14 14 LAPS 2:33.460 22
2 31 Kevin CECCON Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR 14 2.182 2:34.096 7
3 22 Frédéric VERVISCH Comtoyou Team Audi Sport Audi RS3 LMS TCR 14 4.296 2:33.668 8
4 5 Norbert MICHELISZ BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse Hyundai i30 N TCR 14 9.297 2:35.392 1
5 29 Néstor GIROLAMI ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type R TCR 14 13.150 2:33.291 9
6 18 Tiago MONTEIRO KCMG Honda Civic Type R TCR 14 14.737 2:35.797 16
7 11 Thed BJÖRK Cyan Racing Lynk & Co Lynk & Co 03 TCR 14 17.308 2:36.194 19
8 33 Benjamin LEUCHTER SLR Volkswagen Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 14 17.807 2:35.551 21
9 12 Rob HUFF SLR VW Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 14 19.279 2:35.934 26
10 69 Jean-Karl VERNAY Leopard Racing Team Audi Sport Audi RS3 LMS TCR 14 21.373 2:35.083 20
11 100 Yvan MULLER Cyan Racing Lynk & Co Lynk & Co 03 TCR 14 24.479 2:36.566 13
12 111 Andy PRIAULX Cyan Performance Lynk & Co Lynk & Co 03 TCR 14 25.776 2:36.256 27
13 37 Daniel HAGLÖF PWR Racing CUPRA TCR 14 26.418 2:37.096 24
14 96 Mikel AZCONA PWR Racing CUPRA TCR 14 32.026 2:33.753 3
15 15 Hafizh SYAHRIN Bin Abdullah Hyundai Team Engstler Hyundai i30 N TCR 14 36.567 2:39.089 28
16 68 Yann EHRLACHER Cyan Performance Lynk & Co Lynk & Co 03 TCR 14 36.827 2:39.671 18
17 25 Mehdi BENNANI SLR VW Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 14 37.687 2:39.204 23
18 1 Gabriele TARQUINI BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse Hyundai i30 N TCR 14 39.905 2:34.868 5
19 27 Mitchell CHEAH Min Jie Hyundai Team Engstler Hyundai i30 N TCR 14 40.223 2:39.736 30
20 10 Niels LANGEVELD Comtoyou Team Audi Sport Audi RS3 LMS TCR 14 43.171 2:40.436 11
21 65 Douglas KHOO Kok Hui Viper Niza Racing CUPRA TCR 14 56.247 2:43.476 29
22 86 Esteban GUERRIERI ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type R TCR 14 59.437 2:32.050 2
23 55 Ma QING HUA Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR 14 1:50.645 2:39.704 10
R 38 João Paulo Lima DE OLIVEIRA KC Motorgroup Honda Civic Type R TCR 10 DNF 2:38.245 25
R 52 Gordon SHEDDEN Leopard Racing Team Audi Sport Audi RS3 LMS TCR 7 DNF 2:38.691 15
R 50 Tom CORONEL Comtoyou DHL Team CUPRA Racing CUPRA TCR 5 DNF 2:44.533 17
R 8 Augusto FARFUS BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Racing Team Hyundai i30 N TCR 0 DNF N/A 6
R 9 Attila TASSI KCMG Honda Civic Type R TCR 0 DNF N/A 12
R 21 Aurélien PANIS Comtoyou DHL Team CUPRA Racing CUPRA TCR 0 DNF N/A 14
NS 88 Nicky CATSBURG BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Racing Team Hyundai i30 N TCR DNS N/A