The Honda Civic Type R TCR scored a double-points finish in the first race of WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup season finale on the iconic Macau Guia Circuit in Asia.
Esteban Guerrieri and Timo Scheider finished sixth and eighth for ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport; the latter scoring his first WTCR points.
Esteban started second, but was hung out to dry on the long, flat-out run to the tight Lisboa right-hander on the first lap and dropped four positions. Despite showing excellent speed through the twisty hillside section, he did not regain any places.
Timo, who was racing at Macau for the first time, started 10th, gained two places by the halfway mark and finished at the back of a queue of cars fighting over fourth.
Yann Ehrlacher; relegated to the back of the grid with an engine-change penalty, started from the pitlane in a deliberate attempt by his team to avoid an opening-lap incident.
It worked perfectly and the Frenchman, who was fourth-fastest in qualifying, climbed from 28th to 14th in just 10 laps.
Boutsen Ginion Racing’s Ma Qing Hua; returning to the WTCR after missing the Suzuka round, made a rocket start to climb from 14th to ninth within the opening couple of corners. This came after his team had changed a driveshaft in only five minutes on the grid.
Unfortunately, he sustained damage when hit up the rear at Lisboa on the second lap; an incident that also nudged him into another car and gave him front-end damage. He retired with a lap to go.
Team-mate Tom Coronel made a last-minute gamble into Lisboa on the first lap that not only helped him avoid a multi-car incident on the first lap, but also enabled him to gain several positions. He finished 13th.
Macau wildcard Andre Couto followed Coronel through the Lisboa wreckage and also anticipated two further incidents; the second of which brought out the red flags, superbly, and avoided major damage of his own.
The MacPro Racing Team driver finished 21st after being delayed when his Civic would not fire up immediately at the restart.