Gilles Magnus takes lights-to-flag maiden victory at Hungaroring

Comtoyou Racing’s Gilles Magnus put in a composed performance to lead from lights to flag and seal a maiden victory in the FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) at the Hungaroring.

The Belgian made a strong start from his partially-reversed pole position in the Audi RS 3 LMS, and led team-mate Frederic Vervisch until the final tour, when the latter was forcefully passed by Mikel Azcona’s CUPRA and Yann Ehrlacher’s Lynk & Co. at Turn 8.

Magnus’ maiden win, secured by a margin of 2.127 seconds at the chequered flag, moves him into third in the points, whilst the final spot on the podium elevates Ehrlacher past Jean-Karl Vernay and into the lead at the championship summit.

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Behind Magnus, it was an eventful race for Azcona, the Spaniard first making contact with Yvan Muller’s Lynk & Co. on the outside line heading down to the first corner.

Whilst the Frenchman was turned around, and eventually finished 15th, Azcona survived and continued, then in fourth behind Ehrlacher and Vervisch.

He managed to get the switch on Ehrlacher for third prior to a mid-race safety car intervention after Rob Huff’s Zengo Motorsport CUPRA stopped just after the chicane with front-left suspension damage.

Whether the Brit’s damage can be repaired in time for him to take up pole position, secured by 0.3 seconds yesterday, later this afternoon remains to be seen.

As Vervisch allowed Magnus to break clear on the restart, he then found his mirrors full of a fired-up Azcona for the remaining laps, with Ehrlacher waiting in the wings to capitalise on any chaos ahead.

He held firm until Turn 8 on the final tour of the 2.7-mile circuit, when a robust move to the inside promoted Azcona to the runner-up spot, with Ehrlacher seizing his opportunity in the aftermath to slip through into third.

They took the flag in that order, but whether the result remains the same will prove a point of contention.

Thed Bjork had a steady drive to fifth in his Cyan Racing-run Lynk & Co. behind Vervisch, keeping home hero Norbert Michelisz’s Hyundai Elantra N TCR at bay by three tenths of a second.

Santiago Urruita led Honda trio Esteban Guerrieri, Nestor Girolami and Tiago Monteiro – in that order – to complete the top ten runners, with Hyundai pairing Luca Engstler and Gabriele Tarquini next.

Attila Tassi was 13th in the first of his two home races this weekend, with erstwhile points leader Vernay 14th ahead of Muller.

The final race of the weekend in Budapest is scheduled to get underway at 14:15 (BST) this afternoon.

Race results

POS NO CL NAT DRIVER ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 16 Gilles MAGNUS Comtoyou Team Audi Sport Audi RS3 LMS TCR 14 30:41.529 1:53.915 1
2 96 Mikel AZCONA Zengő Motorsport CUPRA Leon Competición TCR 14 2.127 1:54.149 5
3 68 Yann EHRLACHER Cyan Racing Lynk & Co Lynk & Co 03 TCR 14 2.682 1:54.203 4
4 22 Frédéric VERVISCH Comtoyou Team Audi Sport Audi RS3 LMS TCR 14 3.628 1:53.904 2
5 11 Thed BJÖRK Cyan Performance Lynk & Co Lynk & Co 03 TCR 14 3.866 1:54.435 6
6 5 Norbert MICHELISZ BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Squadra Corse Hyundai Elantra N TCR 14 4.140 1:54.501 8
7 12 Santiago URRUTIA Cyan Performance Lynk & Co Lynk & Co 03 TCR 14 4.791 1:54.438 9
8 86 Esteban GUERRIERI ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 14 6.181 1:55.407 12
9 29 Néstor GIROLAMI ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 14 6.613 1:55.303 7
10 18 Tiago MONTEIRO ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 14 7.255 1:55.364 13
11 8 Luca ENGSTLER Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team Hyundai Elantra N TCR 14 8.773 1:55.156 15
12 3 Gabriele TARQUINI BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Squadra Corse Hyundai Elantra N TCR 14 8.957 1:55.158 17
13 9 Attila TASSI ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 14 10.397 1:55.172 14
14 69 Jean-Karl VERNAY Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team Hyundai Elantra N TCR 14 10.975 1:55.265 16
15 100 Yvan MULLER Cyan Racing Lynk & Co Lynk & Co 03 TCR 14 11.584 1:55.015 3
16 28 Jordi GENÉ Zengő Motorsport Drivers’ Academy CUPRA Leon Competición TCR 14 12.000 1:55.257 19
17 55 Bence BOLDIZS Zengő Motorsport Drivers’ Academy CUPRA Leon Competición TCR 14 13.125 1:56.285 22
18 82 Nicola BALDAN Target Competition Hyundai Elantra N TCR 14 16.092 1:56.636 21
19 19 Andreas BÄCKMAN Target Competition Hyundai Elantra N TCR 14 16.540 1:56.469 23
20 26 Jessica BÄCKMAN Target Competition Hyundai Elantra N TCR 14 17.057 1:56.244 20
21 32 Tom CORONEL Comtoyou DHL Team Audi Sport Audi RS3 LMS TCR 14 17.824 1:55.500 18
R 17 Nathanaël BERTHON Comtoyou DHL Team Audi Sport Audi RS3 LMS TCR 8 DNF 1:55.119 11
R 79 Rob HUFF Zengő Motorsport CUPRA Leon Competición TCR 6 DNF 1:54.553 10
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