Munnich Motorsport’s quartet of Civic Kind Rs had certified 1-2-Three-5 on Saturday, however the group’s weekend unravelled over the course of two eventful races on Sunday.
Within the reverse-grid race one, Nestor Girolami triggered a first-corner multi-car collision that left him with heavy front-end injury. The group was pressured to interrupt parc ferme guidelines to restore the Honda, so Girolami began the second race on the again as an alternative of from third on the grid.
Then Argentine countryman Esteban Guerrieri blew his race two pole place by making a disastrous getaway, blaming a distraction attributable to his engine’s anti-lag system for his sluggish begin that left Monteiro clear to take the lead.
The previous Jordan grand prix driver led comfortably, negotiating a security automotive restart attributable to Mikel Azcona pushing Tom Coronel off on lap one – however then grew to become unstuck when the front-right nook of his bonnet flapped open. He was proven the black and orange flag and was pressured to pit, thereby shedding not solely victory however the WTCR factors lead he had earned with a stable fourth place from ninth on the grid in race one.
Tassi then confronted down a trio of Hyundais that chased him residence over the ultimate 5 laps. At 22, the Hungarian turns into the youngest WTCR race winner.
“It was a mega race,” stated Tassi. “Initially I’m actually sorry for Esteban and much more for Tiago. Nevertheless it’s déjà vu. Two years in the past at Vila Actual it was the identical, however the different method round,” referencing a race on the Portuguese road observe in 2019, when he’d been pressured to retire from the lead and which Monteiro then received.
“That is my first win in WTCR and I’m very glad, nevertheless it ought to have been two years in the past. However what occurs comes round.”
Attila Tassi, ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Kind R TCR
Picture by: WTCR
Vernay’s Engstler Hyundai Elantra N TCR headed the chase of Tassi from Norbert Michelisz and Gabriele Tarquini. Second place for the Frenchman earned him again the WTCR factors lead he’d misplaced to Monteiro in race one, when he’d incurred a puncture within the first-corner nook contact attributable to Girolami. The Honda had piled into the again of Michelisz, who was additionally pressured out of the race by the incident.
Reigning champion Yann Ehrlacher received the reverse grid encounter after beating polesitter Tarquini to show one. The Italian picked up a puncture attributable to particles, which allowed Ehrlacher’s uncle Yvan Muller and Santiago Urrutia to make it a Lynk & Co 1-2-Three, simply days after mum or dad firm Geely had publicly criticised WTCR organiser Eurosport Events for its Balance of Performance management.
All 4 of the Chinese language automobiles completed within the prime 10 in race two, regardless of showing to lack straightline pace. Urrutia was fifth, Ehrlacher sixth, Thed Bjork seventh and Muller ninth.
Rob Huff, who has returned to the WTCR this yr in a Zengo Motorsport Cupra Leon Competicion, scored a pair of 10th place finishes within the two races.