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.

Esteban Guerrieri

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“I started second and I finished sixth, so of course I’m not happy about that. I made an okay start, but was on the outside of the track for Mandarin, where I had to make a bigger lift off the power than normal because I wasn’t on the optimum line. That lost me more time and I was sixth by Lisboa. The car was great in the twisty section, but the straightline speed we have under the current BoP meant I wasn’t able to attack in the wide, fast sections. It’s still useful points.”

ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport
Timo Scheider

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“The target when I came into WTCR three rounds ago was to score points, so it feels mega to have achieved that; and to say that my most competitive weekend in a front-wheel-drive car has some at the most difficult street circuit in the world, and a totally new circuit for me. I start Race Two from pole position tomorrow, so it was vitally important to get through today without any trouble. I’m pleased with the job everyone in the team has done to achieve this.”

ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport
Yann Ehrlacher

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“I’m pleased with the pace of the car today. Starting last because of my engine-change penalty, we took a strategic decision to start from the pitlane. It was a good choice because it meant I avoided the accident on the first lap at Lisboa. After that I was able to pass a few cars and make up more positions as more drivers went off. Today was always about getting things set-up for Sunday, where I start in the top six both times, and I think we’re looking in decent shape.”

ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport
Tom Coronel

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“That was a real touring car race and typical of the kind of action you get at Macau. Somehow I missed the mess at Lisboa on the first lap, but I think it was all my experience of racing here that made me think ‘stick to the inside and you’ll be ok.’ I got into a good battle after the red flag with Frederic Vervisch and Yann Ehrlacher and that was quite hard, but fair, racing in the last couple of laps. The pace of the car is pretty reasonable and another step up from qualifying. Things are going in the right direction.”

Boutsen Ginion Racing
Qing Hua Ma

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“Today was a real shame because I think we were pretty certain to score some good points. I made an amazing start and got up from 14th to ninth, but then there was an incident at Lisboa. John Filippi came around the outside, so I scrubbed off a bit of speed to take a tighter line and I got a hit from behind by Thed Bjork. That pushed me into Filippi, put him in the wall and damaged my car. Even starting was an achievement; my driveshaft broke on the lap to the grid, but the team did an incredible job to change it in only five minutes. Those guys are awesome.”

Boutsen Ginion Racing
Andre Couto

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“It was tough out there today. I had to basically stop the car at Lisboa on the first lap to get through the accident, and did the same on the next lap when two cars collided at San Francisco bend. When I saw I’d made up about 10 places from my grid position, I thought ‘yeah great’. Then I came through the corner at Moorish Hill and there was a car at 90 degrees, so I stopped suddenly and was hit from behind. After the red flag I couldn’t restart the car, so we lost some time, but I think if we can sort those problems, tomorrow should be okay for us.”

MacPro Racing Team
Dominik Greiner

Dominik Greiner

Team Manager

“We’ve scored double points today, which includes the best finish to date – and the first points in WTCR – for Timo, which is extremely welcome. Starting second with Esteban, naturally we were hoping for a podium, but while our car is very strong on the hill section, it’s incredibly difficult to defend on the long straights when your rivals have very good top speed. Tomorrow we start on the front row for both races and we’ll work hard overnight to make sure all three of our drivers are in a position to fully maximise the Hondas.”

ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport
Olivia Boutsen

Olivia Boutsen

Team Manager

“We definitely had points within our grasp today, so it’s such a shame that Ma was taken out of the race by Thed Bjork so early, when he’d climbed from 14th to ninth. Even Tom was close to the points, which didn’t look likely from 18th on the grid, but he drove a strong race. I have to say a huge congratulations to our mechanics too, who changed Ma’s driveshaft in five minutes on the grid; they’re superheroes for that. It would be great to reward them with some points tomorrow.”

Boutsen Ginion Racing
Miguel Kong

Miguel Kong

Team Principal

“It was a typical Macau race today and Andre did well to avoid two accidents on the first two laps. He got a bit of damage at the rear while trying to avoid Gordon Shedden’s spun car at half-distance, and then we had an issue getting the car fired-up at the restart, which lost about 50 seconds, so after that it was a case of making sure the car made the finish so we can sort out our few issues for tomorrow’s pair of races.”

MacPro Racing Team
Mads Fischer

Mads Fischer

TCR Project Leader, JAS Motorsport

“Macau is like two totally different circuits stuck together. You have the flat-out blast next to the sea and then the narrow, twisty hillside section. All the Civic Type R TCRs have performed well in the corners, but under the current BoP conditions, it’s been very difficult for the drivers to attack strongly into the one big braking zone at Lisboa; the end of the main straight. They all did a strong job today to avoid accidents and maximise the conditions, but I am sorry to see that Ma Qing Hua didn’t get the points he deserved through no fault of his or the team’s.”

JAS Motorsport
WTCR Race of Macau

Macau Guia Circuit, Macau

WTCR 2018, Round 10

Saturday 17 Nov 2018, 07:24 Europe/London
# Driver Num Nationality Nat. Total Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jean-Karl Vernay 69 FRA 27 25 Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team Audi 10 laps
2 Yvan Muller 48 FRA 20 20 YMR Hyundai +0.516
3 Rob Huff 12 GBR 17 16 Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen +0.881
4 Gabriele Tarquini 30 ITA 14 13 BRC Racing Team Hyundai +6.523
5 Norbert Michelisz 5 HUN 12 11 BRC Racing Team Hyundai +8.488
6 Esteban Guerrieri 86 ARG 10 10 ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda +9.297
7 Pepe Oriola 74 SPA 8 9 Team OSCARO by Campos Racing Cupra +9.923
8 Timo Scheider 42 GER 6 8 ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda +10.594
9 Luigi Ferrara 16 ITA 4 7 Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo +11.725
10 Mato Homola 70 SLK 2 6 DG Sport Competition Peugeot +12.373
11 Thed Björk 11 SWE 0 5 YMR Hyundai +12.968
12 Frederic Vervisch 22 BEL 0 4 Audi Sport Team Comtoyou Audi +13.437
13 Tom Coronel 9 NDL 0 3 Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda +16.408
14 Yann Ehrlacher 68 FRA 0 2 ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda +17.058
15 Mehdi Bennani 25 MAR 0 1 Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen +17.671
16 Aurélien Panis 21 FRA 0 0 Comtoyou Racing Audi +19.138
17 Aurelien Comte 7 AND 0 0 DG Sport Competition Peugeot +21.048
18 Filipe de Souza 55 MAC 0 0 Champ Motorsport Audi +28.145
19 Nathanael Berthon 23 FRA 0 0 Comtoyou Racing Audi +28.461
20 Billy Lo 36 MAC 0 0 TSRT Zuver Team Audi +45.842
21 Andre Couto 89 MAC 0 0 MacPro Racing Team Honda +1:32.801
22 Denis Dupont 20 BEL 0 0 Audi Sport Team Comtoyou Audi +1 Lap
23 Norbert Nagy 8 HUN 0 0 Zengo Motorsport Cupra +2 laps
NC Qing Hua Ma 55 CHN 0 0 Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda DNF
NC Gordon Shedden 52 GBR 0 0 Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team Audi DNF
NC Kevin Tse 28 MAC 0 0 Teamwork Motorsport Audi DNF
NC John Filippi 27 FRA 0 0 Team OSCARO by Campos Racing Cupra DNF
NC Kevin Ceccon 31 ITA 0 0 Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo DNF
Friday 16 Nov 2018, 06:55 Europe/London
# Driver Num Nationality Nat. Total Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Rob Huff 12 GBR 5 Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen 2:29.660
2 Esteban Guerrieri 86 ARG 4 ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda +2:30.034
3 Norbert Michelisz 5 HUN 3 BRC Racing Team Hyundai +2:30.218
4 Jean-Karl Vernay 69 FRA 2 Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team Audi +2:30.223
5 Yann Ehrlacher 68 FRA 1 ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda +2:30.669
6 Yvan Muller 48 FRA 0 YMR Hyundai +2:30.287
7 Pepe Oriola 74 SPA 0 Team OSCARO by Campos Racing Cupra +2:30.615
8 Frederic Vervisch 22 BEL 0 Audi Sport Team Comtoyou Audi +2:30.639
9 Kevin Ceccon 31 ITA 0 Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo +2:31.057
10 Timo Scheider 42 GER 0 ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda +2:31.478
11 Nathanael Berthon 23 FRA 0 Comtoyou Racing Audi +No time
12 Mehdi Bennani 25 MAR 0 Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen +No time
13 Thed Björk 11 SWE 0 YMR Hyundai +2:30.920
14 Gabriele Tarquini 30 ITA 0 BRC Racing Team Hyundai +2:31.113
15 Aurélien Panis 21 FRA 0 Comtoyou Racing Audi +2:31.156
16 Qing Hua Ma 55 CHN 0 Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda +2:31.315
17 John Filippi 27 FRA 0 Team OSCARO by Campos Racing Cupra +2:31.374
18 Gordon Shedden 52 GBR 0 Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team Audi +2:31.427
19 Luigi Ferrara 16 ITA 0 Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo +2:31.611
20 Mato Homola 70 SLK 0 DG Sport Competition Peugeot +2:31.732
21 Aurelien Comte 7 AND 0 DG Sport Competition Peugeot +2:32.101
22 Denis Dupont 20 BEL 0 Audi Sport Team Comtoyou Audi +2:32.705
23 Tom Coronel 9 NDL 0 Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda +2:33.046
24 Kevin Tse 28 MAC 0 Teamwork Motorsport Audi +2:34.551
25 Norbert Nagy 8 HUN 0 Zengo Motorsport Cupra +2:35.265
26 Andre Couto 89 MAC 0 MacPro Racing Team Honda +2:35.325
27 Zsolt Szabo 66 HUN 0 Zengo Motorsport Cupra +2:35.378
28 Billy Lo 36 MAC 0 TSRT Zuver Team Audi +2:35.567
29 Filipe de Souza 55 MAC 0 Champ Motorsport Audi +2:35.812
30 Rui Valente 6 MAC 0 PCT-IXO Models Racing Team Volkswagen +2:43.148
31 San Kam Lam 77 MAC 0 Champ Motorsport Audi +2:46.188
Friday 16 Nov 2018, 02:56 Europe/London
# Driver Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Rob Huff 12 GBR Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen 2:29.040
2 Esteban Guerrieri 86 ARG ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda +2:29.519
3 Yvan Muller 48 FRA YMR Hyundai +2:29.631
4 Yann Ehrlacher 68 FRA ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda +2:29.960
5 Jean-Karl Vernay 69 FRA Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team Audi +2:30.037
6 Mehdi Bennani 25 MAR Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen +2:30.173
7 Norbert Michelisz 5 HUN BRC Racing Team Hyundai +2:30.267
8 Gabriele Tarquini 30 ITA BRC Racing Team Hyundai +2:30.403
9 Frederic Vervisch 22 BEL Audi Sport Team Comtoyou Audi +2:30.672
10 Pepe Oriola 74 SPA Team OSCARO by Campos Racing Cupra +2:30.827
11 Timo Scheider 42 GER ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda +2:30.840
12 Kevin Ceccon 31 ITA Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo +2:30.931
13 John Filippi 27 FRA Team OSCARO by Campos Racing Cupra +2:30.931
14 Nathanael Berthon 23 FRA Comtoyou Racing Audi +2:31.513
15 Qing Hua Ma 55 CHN Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda +2:31.553
16 Thed Björk 11 SWE YMR Hyundai +2:31.860
17 Mato Homola 70 SLK DG Sport Competition Peugeot +2:32.120
18 Gordon Shedden 52 GBR Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team Audi +2:32.502
19 Luigi Ferrara 16 ITA Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo +2:32.585
20 Tom Coronel 9 NDL Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda +2:32.645
21 Aurelien Comte 7 AND DG Sport Competition Peugeot +2:32.743
22 Aurélien Panis 21 FRA Comtoyou Racing Audi +2:33.024
23 Denis Dupont 20 BEL Audi Sport Team Comtoyou Audi +2:33.616
24 Norbert Nagy 8 HUN Zengo Motorsport Cupra +2:33.793
25 Andre Couto 89 MAC MacPro Racing Team Honda +2:34.860
26 Filipe de Souza 55 MAC Champ Motorsport Audi +2:35.023
27 Kevin Tse 28 MAC Teamwork Motorsport Audi +2:35.312
28 Billy Lo 36 MAC TSRT Zuver Team Audi +2:35.987
29 San Kam Lam 77 MAC Champ Motorsport Audi +2:39.501
30 Rui Valente 6 MAC PCT-IXO Models Racing Team Volkswagen +2:40.930
31 Zsolt Szabo 66 HUN Zengo Motorsport Cupra +2:41.228