Néstor Girolami loses podium for Norbert Michelisz contact

Néstor Girolami has lost his second place finish in the second FIA World Touring Car Cup race at the Hungaroring for contact with Norbert Michelisz on the opening lap.

At the start of the race, Girolami jinked left at Turn 1, banging into Michelisz, whose Hyundai was then turned across the front of Thed Björk’s car, spinning the Hungarian to the back of the pack.

The stewards deemed Girolami to be at fault, handing him a post-race five-second penalty which dropped him to fifth.

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The official report stated that “on the course of lap 1, Car #29 [Girolami] being on the right side of the track, moved to the left before Turn 1 and collided with Car #5 [Michelisz] forcing it to spin and lose several positions].

The change in result promotes Yann Ehrlacher to fourth and crucially gives the reigning champion the points lead by two points, having previously been tied with race two winner Santiago Urrutia.

Amended race results

POS NO CL NAT DRIVER ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 12 Santiago URRUTIA Cyan Performance Lynk & Co Lynk & Co 03 TCR 15 28:53.853 1:54.121 2
2 22 Frédéric VERVISCH Comtoyou Team Audi Sport Audi RS3 LMS TCR 15 2.328 1:54.036 9
3 96 Mikel AZCONA Zengő Motorsport CUPRA Leon Competición TCR 15 3.387 1:54.356 6
4 68 Yann EHRLACHER Cyan Racing Lynk & Co Lynk & Co 03 TCR 15 4.616 1:54.457 7
5 29 Néstor GIROLAMI ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 15 6.245 1:54.367 4
6 100 Yvan MULLER Cyan Racing Lynk & Co Lynk & Co 03 TCR 15 8.503 1:54.693 8
7 11 Thed BJÖRK Cyan Performance Lynk & Co Lynk & Co 03 TCR 15 10.050 1:54.709 5
8 86 Esteban GUERRIERI ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 15 12.707 1:54.790 12
9 16 Gilles MAGNUS Comtoyou Team Audi Sport Audi RS3 LMS TCR 15 13.825 1:55.031 10
10 9 Attila TASSI ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 15 16.248 1:55.107 14
11 18 Tiago MONTEIRO ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 15 17.187 1:55.090 13
12 17 Nathanaël BERTHON Comtoyou DHL Team Audi Sport Audi RS3 LMS TCR 15 18.124 1:55.204 11
13 69 Jean-Karl VERNAY Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team Hyundai Elantra N TCR 15 19.083 1:54.463 16
14 5 Norbert MICHELISZ BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Squadra Corse Hyundai Elantra N TCR 15 19.619 1:54.283 3
15 8 Luca ENGSTLER Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team Hyundai Elantra N TCR 15 23.387 1:55.140 15
16 32 Tom CORONEL Comtoyou DHL Team Audi Sport Audi RS3 LMS TCR 15 28.984 1:55.807 18
17 28 Jordi GENÉ Zengő Motorsport Drivers’ Academy CUPRA Leon Competición TCR 15 29.421 1:56.290 19
18 79 Rob HUFF Zengő Motorsport CUPRA Leon Competición TCR 15 30.367 1:54.374 1
19 55 Bence BOLDIZS Zengő Motorsport Drivers’ Academy CUPRA Leon Competición TCR 15 32.022 1:56.060 22
20 82 Nicola BALDAN Target Competition Hyundai Elantra N TCR 15 38.978 1:56.196 21
21 26 Jessica BÄCKMAN Target Competition Hyundai Elantra N TCR 15 39.614 1:54.941 20
22 19 Andreas BÄCKMAN Target Competition Hyundai Elantra N TCR 2 DNF N/A 23
23 3 Gabriele TARQUINI BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Squadra Corse Hyundai Elantra N TCR 1 DNF N/A 17
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