BRC Hyundai ace and 2019 WTCR champion Michelisz took the lead within the second race after quickest qualifier Mikel Azcona was compelled to manage an enormous slide on chilly rear Goodyears out of Flip 1 in his Zengo Motorsport Cupra Leon.
Behind them the tight first nook was the scene of chaos, simply because it had been in race one, as vehicles concertinaed below heavy braking.
The Hungaroring race winner arrived simply two factors behind fellow Cyan Lynk & Co driver Yann Ehrlacher on the high of the desk. However a non-score in race two coupled with a twelfth in race one severely dented his title hopes.
On the security automobile restart, Michelisz continued to steer as Azcona exerted stress. The Spaniard was on a excessive after securing pole place on Friday, then flew to Barcelona on Saturday to win his second TCR Europe title – however was out of luck when he returned to Most, and needed to accept the runner-up spot.
“Congrats to Mikel as a result of he didn’t make my life straightforward,” stated Michelisz. “After the beginning I knew I needed to go for it and I put in 15 qualifying laps which at this circuit shouldn’t be straightforward. Thanks to the crew as a result of the automobile was working nice. It’s incredible to win.”
Esteban Guerrieri claimed his second podium end of the day by holding off Ehrlacher for third place. However fourth place for Frenchman Ehrlacher, following his third place in race one, consolidated his place on the high of the WTCR standings. He now leads Guerrieri by 20 factors with three conferences and 6 races to run.
Girolami failed to attain in race two after choosing up a puncture. However early on he’d gained for the primary time in 2021 within the partially reversed-grid race.
Beginning second, the Munnich Motorsport Honda acquired the drop on pole place starter Petr Fulin, the wildcard entry having reported clutch issues initially. Girolami then survived a faucet at Flip 1 as Michelisz bumped into the again of Yvan Muller, who tapped Nathanael Berthon right into a spin. The Audi and Fulin’s Cupra had been beached within the gravel lure, triggering a security automobile intervention.
Néstor Girolami, ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Sort R TCR
Picture by: WTCR
Racing resumed on lap 4, Girolami making an honest getaway to steer team-mate Guerrieri, who had risen from ninth on the grid to second by taking an inside line and avoiding the difficulty at Flip 1. Guerrieri held off Ehrlacher all through the race to ship Munnich Motorsport and Honda a crew 1-2.
“I used to be actually frightened earlier than the beginning as a result of Flip 1 is de facto tight and I knew that any person can overshoot simply from the within line as a result of it’s very soiled,” stated Girolami. “So I used to be already downshifting to first gear and that was the key to attempt to come again from that hit, and I went flat out to attempt to get well and make it to T2 – and it labored.”
Muller recovered from the Flip 1 contact by utilizing the escape street and completed fourth after fellow Cyan Lynk & Co driver Thed Björk allowed him by.
Jean-Karl Vernay’s Hyundai accomplished the highest six. The Frenchman, who led the factors standings earlier than the Hungaroring assembly, then picked up a drive-through penalty in race two for his crew not releasing the automobile from its jacks in time on the grid earlier than the restart. He was categorised 14th.
The WTCR heads to Pau-Arnos subsequent weekend for rounds 11 and 12, with two extra conferences scheduled to run at Adria Italy and Sochi in Russia to finish the 2021 season.
Most WTCR – Race 2 outcomes – 17 laps
Most WTCR – Race 1 outcomes – 15 laps