Stewards decide Tom Coronel to blame for both Hyundai incidents

Tom Coronel came to blows with two of the four factory-backed Hyundai drivers in race two at the Hungaroring, while Jean-Karl Vernay and José Manuel Sapag were also penalised for their own misdemeanours in race one.

Coronel had suffered a tricky qualifying session on Saturday, and was eager to make fast progress through the field. Unfortunately, that eagerness resulted in collisions during the second World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) race of the day, for which he earned a drive-through penalty.

At the time, it was unclear which incident that penalty had been awarded for, however after the race the stewards announced that they had found him to be the guilty party in both accidents.

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This came after some debate surrounding the causality of his incident with Luca Engstler, the young German seeming to move across the front of Coronel’s Audi when there wasn’t quite enough room. However, evidence provided to the stewards has led to them ruling against the Dutchman instead.

The prior incident involving Coronel was far more clear-cut though. At the same corner, turn eight, Coronel put the nose of his car into a closing gap, rendering contact inevitable as Gabriele Tarquini turned into the left-hander.

Vernay, meanwhile, picked up a one-second time penalty and a further two points on his license for gaining an unfair advantage by cutting turn seven on lap one in the opening race. Consequently, the Frenchman would drop from eighth to ninth in the final classification.

Coronel’s team-mate Nathanaël Berthon was also penalised in race two, the Frenchman getting a five second penalty for contact with Bence Boldizs, dropping him from fifth to 12th.

Tarquini was also penalised for contact with both Aurélien Comte and Thed Björk in the second race, with the BRC driver given a post-race 30-second penalty in lieu of a drive-through, dropping him from tenth to 17th.

Argentinean wildcard Sapag also caught the stewards’ attention after he was deemed to be at fault for contact with Tarquini in race one that led to terminal rear suspension damage for the Italian.

Sapag also received two points on his license, as well as a 30-second time penalty which would see him classified in twentiefth position.

Revised race one result

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 86 Esteban GUERRIERI ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 12 23:12.376 1:55.071 1
2 68 Yann EHRLACHER Cyan Racing Lynk & Co 03 TCR 12 0.500 1:55.046 3
3 29 Néstor GIROLAMI ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 12 1.105 1:55.029 7
4 100 Yvan MULLER Cyan Racing Lynk & Co 03 TCR 12 1.759 1:54.658 6
5 9 Attila TASSI ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 12 2.318 1:54.691 5
6 96 Mikel AZCONA Zengő Motorsport CUPRA Leon Competición 12 2.619 1:54.629 2
7 12 Santiago URRUTIA Cyan Performance Lynk & Co 03 TCR 12 3.608 1:54.851 8
8 8 Luca ENGSTLER Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team Hyundai i30 N TCR 12 4.514 1:54.502 12
9 69 Jean-Karl VERNAY Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR 12 5.223 1:54.557 9
10 11 Thed BJÖRK Cyan Performance Lynk & Co 03 TCR 12 5.412 1:54.666 14
11 31 Tom CORONEL Comtoyou DHL Team Audi Sport Audi RS3 LMS TCR 12 8.956 1:54.847 17
12 17 Nathanaël BERTHON Comtoyou DHL Team Audi Sport Audi RS3 LMS TCR 12 9.201 1:54.600 10
13 25 Luca FILIPPI Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR 12 9.658 1:54.957 16
14 18 Tiago MONTEIRO ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 12 9.939 1:54.733 4
15 16 Gilles MAGNUS Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 12 11.147 1:54.816 21
16 55 Bence BOLDIZS Zengő Motorsport CUPRA Leon Competición 12 12.346 1:55.309 11
17 34 Aurélien COMTE Vuković Motorsport Renault Mégane RS TCR 12 12.718 1:54.911 22
18 97 Nicolas GRUBER Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team Hyundai i30 N TCR 12 21.417 1:55.778 19
19 99 Gábor KISMARTY-LECHNER Zengő Motorsport CUPRA Leon Competición 12 40.052 1:56.730 20
20 28 José Manuel SAPAG Target Competition Hyundai i30 N TCR 12 1:04.758 1:55.921 18
21 1 Norbert MICHELISZ BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Squadra Corse Hyundai i30 N TCR 11 + 1 LAP 1:53.620 15
R 30 Gabriele TARQUINI BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Squadra Corse Hyundai i30 N TCR 8 DNF 1:54.685 13

Revised race two result

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 68 Yann EHRLACHER Cyan Racing Lynk & Co 03 TCR 14 29:04.903 1:54.239 3
2 100 Yvan MULLER Cyan Racing Lynk & Co 03 TCR 14 1.496 1:54.590 2
3 69 Jean-Karl VERNAY Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR 14 2.128 1:54.334 5
4 12 Santiago URRUTIA Cyan Performance Lynk & Co 03 TCR 14 2.773 1:54.096 11
5 1 Norbert MICHELISZ BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Squadra Corse Hyundai i30 N TCR 14 4.935 1:53.919 15
6 55 Bence BOLDIZS Zengő Motorsport CUPRA Leon Competición 14 6.247 1:54.367 1
7 86 Esteban GUERRIERI ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 14 6.657 1:54.415 10
8 9 Attila TASSI ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 14 6.992 1:54.474 9
9 18 Tiago MONTEIRO ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 14 7.676 1:54.168 8
10 16 Gilles MAGNUS Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 14 9.048 1:54.313 21
11 17 Nathanaël BERTHON Comtoyou DHL Team Audi Sport Audi RS3 LMS TCR 14 9.786 1:54.269 4
12 11 Thed BJÖRK Cyan Performance Lynk & Co 03 TCR 14 9.991 1:54.040 14
13 25 Luca FILIPPI Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR 14 14.259 1:54.012 16
14 97 Nicolas GRUBER Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team Hyundai i30 N TCR 14 15.167 1:55.348 19
15 28 José Manuel SAPAG Target Competition Hyundai i30 N TCR 14 16.850 1:55.473 18
16 99 Gábor KISMARTY-LECHNER Zengő Motorsport CUPRA Leon Competición 14 17.098 1:55.568 20
17 30 Gabriele TARQUINI BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Squadra Corse Hyundai i30 N TCR 14 37.942 1:54.034 13
18 31 Tom CORONEL Comtoyou DHL Team Audi Sport Audi RS3 LMS TCR 14 1:01.794 1:55.532 17
R 34 Aurélien COMTE Vuković Motorsport Renault Mégane RS TCR 14 DNF 1:55.170 22
R 8 Luca ENGSTLER Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team Hyundai i30 N TCR 6 DNF 1:56.521 12
R 96 Mikel AZCONA Zengő Motorsport CUPRA Leon Competición 2 DNF N/A 6
R 29 Néstor GIROLAMI ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 1 DNF N/A 7
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