Attila Tassi picked his way through a chaotic day of WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Championship racing at Ningbo International Speedpark in China to secure his highest weekend points total in the series.
A superb drive from 17th on the Race-Two grid to sixth in the race – which included passing two cars in one move on the final lap – was a fitting reward for the KCMG driver.
The Hungarian then added 12th place in Race Three in his Honda Civic Type R TCR to complete his 15-point haul.
Team-mate Tiago Monteiro was lucky to walk away from a high-speed collision with the pitwall in Race Three; an incident for which his assailant was given a drive-through penalty and investigated further.
The Portuguese driver had qualified 17th – a big improvement on his Saturday form –, but was pushed off the circuit by another car on the opening lap of Race Two and retired in the pits with the damage sustained as his Civic Type R TCR bumped over the trackside grass.
If the day was bad for Tiago though, it was positively disastrous for the man who began the day leading the Drivers’ Championship; Esteban Guerrieri.
The ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport driver put his Saturday maladies behind him to qualify sixth; one thousandth of a second slower than the time needed to progress to the Q3 pole-position shoot-out.
That was the highlight as he was spun into the wall by another car on the opening lap of Race Two and then suffered more contact at the same stage of Race Three and suffered a broken left-front trackrod, which snapped under safety-car conditions before half-distance.
Team-mate Nestor Girolami qualified a superb third, but lost his Q2 times when he was held responsible for causing a red flag in the session, putting him back to 17th and 12th for the two races.
Contact from another car put him out of Race Two and he was lucky to avoid a four-car collision at the start of the finale; eventually finishing eighth.
Münnich Motorsport have lost the lead of the Teams’ Championship as a result while Esteban and Nestor are now second and sixth in the Drivers’ standings.