Tom Coronel completed a double-points score with a strong top-10 finish for the Honda Civic Type R TCR in the third and final WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup race of the weekend at the Slovakia Ring on Sunday.

The Boutsen Ginion Racing driver avoided an opening-lap incident that eliminated 10 cars to climb from 17th place on the grid into the top 10.

His eighth-place finish, coupled with his seventh spot on Saturday afternoon and his season’s-best sixth place in opening qualifying, made it his most successful weekend of 2018.

After finishing a fine fifth in Saturday’s second race, Tom’s team-mate Benjamin Lessennes made an excellent start from eighth on Sunday and had gained two positions by the exit of Turn One.

Unfortunately for the Belgian, he was hit hard from behind at Turn Three and spun into several other cars – including the ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda of Esteban Guerrieri.

While Benjamin and Esteban – who had qualified an excellent third – were eliminated on the spot, the second Münnich car of Yann Ehrlacher did make it through the melee.

Unlike Tom, Yann was forced to go to the outside of the incident, dropping to the back of the field and ingesting a lot of debris and grass into the cooling intake on his Civic Type R.

The Frenchman launched an almighty fightback, setting impressive laptimes and climbing from 17th to 12th by half-distance, despite his engine temperature rising due to the build-up of debris

This rising temperature, coupled with three hard hits in as many corners by another car, forced Yann into the pits to have the debris removed. He re-joined and finished 15th.

Yann lies fourth in the Drivers’ Championship as the WTCR enters its summer break. Esteban is eighth while Münnich are third in the Teams’ points table.

Boutsen Ginion Racing are ninth while drivers Benjamin and Tom holds 14th and 19th positions.

The results from Race Three remain provisional pending the result of appeals lodged by ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport and Boutsen Ginion Racing against exclusion from Saturday qualifying due to what were deemed to be incorrect boost pressures on all three cars.

Tom Coronel

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“I’ve finished eighth today, and combined with seventh yesterday, this is my best points total from any event this year, so I’m pleased. I think today’s result was a little lucky because I chose the inside line when I saw the big accident on the first lap, and that helped me gain a lot of places. There was one silly moment with Petr Fulin when he gave me a ‘move or we crash’ moment, so I moved, but other than that it was a good race. We have genuinely made a step forward this weekend compared to what we’ve done in the past few rounds and that gives me optimism for the Asian events.”

Boutsen Ginion Racing
Benjamin Lessennes

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“Today I think I lost a good result. My start was OK, but I got a great run through Turn One so I gained a place going down to Turn Three. Then I started to brake and was hit from behind by Gabriele Tarquini. That was my race over. I’m disappointed, especially because I was confident that I could move forwards even more. The car was strong today and I’m sorry the team couldn’t have the result they worked hard for.”

Boutsen Ginion Racing
Yann Ehrlacher

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“Today’s race was very tough. I had a good start from 13th and made up a few places, but then I had to go wide to avoid the big accident and I picked up all kinds of dirt on my tyres and in my intake, so while the safety car allowed me to clean my tyres, the engine temperature started to be a concern because the cooling ducts were blocked. Then I was hit many times on the same lap by Rob Huff and that damaged the car even more. Eventually I had to pit to have the cooling system cleared, but the laps after that were very fast. It’s a shame because points were definitely possible – even after the first lap.”

ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport
Esteban Guerrieri

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“What can I say? Starting from third place, I was optimistic of a good result today. Unfortunately, as I braked for Turn Three, I was hit from behind very hard and that was it; I was out. It’s unfortunately another weekend when we’ve had too much bad luck and I’ve twice been knocked out on the first lap and lost a lot of points. I’m staying positive though and we now have a long time to prepare for Ningbo, where I won last year.”

ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport
Olivia Boutsen

Olivia Boutsen

Team Manager

“It’s great to see Tom score double points and his race pace was good, but it’s incredibly disappointing to see Benjamin eliminated in a big accident that was not his fault. We found some improvements for his car for Race Two and thought we’d made another step forwards for Race Three, but we never got the chance to see if this worked. It’s been our first time racing at the Slovakia Ring and I’ve been impressed with the facility, so I hope we can come back again in the future.”

Boutsen Ginion Racing
Dominik Greiner

Dominik Greiner

Team Manager

“This wasn’t the weekend we’d hoped for. Esteban has twice been knocked out of races this weekend after starting them sixth and third, so there’s a big points loss through no fault of any of our drivers. Yann’s also been very unlucky with the result today. It’s a real shame for our team, who have worked so hard to prepare the cars for this weekend after the huge damage sustained in Portugal. We’d prefer to go into the summer break on a high, but at least we now have a chance to refresh and bounce back in China.”

ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport
Mads Fischer

Mads Fischer

TCR Project Leader, JAS Motorsport

“It’s been a tough day and it’s a shame that both the Boutsen Ginion Racing and ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport teams haven’t been rewarded for the incredibly hard work they’ve put into this event. I’m pleased to see Tom score double-points, but it’s clear that Benjamin, Yann and Esteban could have had good results today as well if the luck had been on their side. We’ll continue to work hard and make sure the teams have the best possible package for the Asian races.”

JAS Motorsport
WTCR Race of Slovakia

Slovakia Ring, Slovakia

WTCR 2018, Round 6

Sunday 15 Jul 2018, 11:29 Europe/London
# Driver Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Norbert Michelisz 5 HUN 25 BRC Racing Team Hyundai 13 laps
2 Aurelien Comte 7 AND 20 DG Sport Competition Peugeot +2.005
3 Frederic Vervisch 22 BEL 16 Audi Sport Team Comtoyou Audi +8.273
4 Thed Björk 11 SWE 13 YMR Hyundai +8.312
5 Petr Fulin 44 CZE 11 Fullin Race Academy Cupra +8.796
6 Kevin Ceccon 31 ITA 10 Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo +9.150
7 Fabrizio Giovanardi 88 ITA 9 Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo +9.382
8 Tom Coronel 9 NDL 8 Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda +9.729
9 Pepe Oriola 74 SPA 7 Team OSCARO by Campos Racing Cupra +11.065
10 Zsolt Szabo 66 HUN 6 Zengo Motorsport Cupra +11.721
11 Aurélien Panis 21 FRA 5 Comtoyou Racing Audi +15.253
12 Mato Homola 70 SLK 4 DG Sport Competition Peugeot +20.767
13 Andrej Studenic 17 SLO 3 Brutal Fish Racing Team Volkswagen +25.516
14 Rob Huff 12 GBR 2 Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen +46.026
15 Yann Ehrlacher 68 FRA 1 ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda +1:24.581
16 Denis Dupont 20 BEL 0 Audi Sport Team Comtoyou Audi +1 lap
17 Yvan Muller 48 FRA 0 YMR Hyundai +DNF
18 Mehdi Bennani 25 MAR 0 Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen +DNF
19 Gordon Shedden 52 GBR 0 Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team Audi +DNF
20 Nathanael Berthon 23 FRA 0 Comtoyou Racing Audi +DNF
21 Dániel Nagy HUN 0 M1RA Hyundai +DNF
22 Jean-Karl Vernay 69 FRA 0 Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team Audi +DNF
23 John Filippi 27 FRA 0 Team OSCARO by Campos Racing Cupra +DNF
24 Esteban Guerrieri 86 ARG 0 ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda +DNF
25 Benjamin Lessennes 63 BEL 0 Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda +DNF
26 Gabriele Tarquini 30 ITA 0 BRC Racing Team Hyundai +DNF
Saturday 14 Jul 2018, 18:49 Europe/London
# Driver Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Gabriele Tarquini 30 ITA 25 BRC Racing Team Hyundai 9 laps
2 Norbert Nagy 8 HUN 20 Zengo Motorsport Cupra +2.150
3 Yvan Muller 48 FRA 16 YMR Hyundai +3.354
4 Pepe Oriola 74 SPA 13 Team OSCARO by Campos Racing Cupra +4.750
5 Benjamin Lessennes 63 BEL 11 Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda +5.313
6 John Filippi 27 FRA 10 Team OSCARO by Campos Racing Cupra +5.892
7 Norbert Michelisz 5 HUN 9 BRC Racing Team Hyundai +5.895
8 Frederic Vervisch 22 BEL 8 Audi Sport Team Comtoyou Audi +13.578
9 Esteban Guerrieri 86 ARG 7 ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda +14.194
10 Yann Ehrlacher 68 FRA 6 ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda +14.540
11 Thed Björk 11 SWE 5 YMR Hyundai +14.851
12 Kevin Ceccon 31 ITA 4 Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo +15.084
13 Nathanael Berthon 23 FRA 3 Comtoyou Racing Audi +15.300
14 Aurelien Comte 7 AND 2 DG Sport Competition Peugeot +18.201
15 Fabrizio Giovanardi 88 ITA 1 Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo +18.330
16 Zsolt Szabo 66 HUN 0 Zengo Motorsport Cupra +20.283
17 Gordon Shedden 52 GBR 0 Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team Audi +21.177
18 Mato Homola 70 SLK 0 DG Sport Competition Peugeot +21.606
19 Denis Dupont 20 BEL 0 Audi Sport Team Comtoyou Audi +28.527
20 Andrej Studenic 17 SLO 0 Brutal Fish Racing Team Volkswagen +28.904
21 Petr Fulin 44 CZE 0 Fullin Race Academy Cupra +1 lap
22 Mehdi Bennani 25 MAR 0 Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen +DNF
23 Rob Huff 12 GBR 0 Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen +DNF
24 Aurélien Panis 21 FRA 0 Comtoyou Racing Audi +DNF
25 Jean-Karl Vernay 69 FRA 0 Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team Audi +DNF
26 Tom Coronel 9 NDL 0 Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda +DNS
Saturday 14 Jul 2018, 15:13 Europe/London
# Driver Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Norbert Michelisz 5 HUN BRC Racing Team Hyundai 2:10.340
2 Aurelien Comte 7 AND DG Sport Competition Peugeot +2:10.577
3 Esteban Guerrieri 86 ARG ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda +2:11.078
4 Yvan Muller 48 FRA YMR Hyundai +2:11.100
5 John Filippi 27 FRA Team OSCARO by Campos Racing Cupra +2:11.631
6 Pepe Oriola 74 SPA Team OSCARO by Campos Racing Cupra +2:11.101
7 Frederic Vervisch 22 BEL Audi Sport Team Comtoyou Audi +2:11.101
8 Benjamin Lessennes 63 BEL Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda +2:11.143
9 Gabriele Tarquini 30 ITA BRC Racing Team Hyundai +2:11.150
10 Norbert Nagy 8 HUN Zengo Motorsport Cupra +2:11.197
11 Nathanael Berthon 23 FRA Comtoyou Racing Audi +2:11.255
12 Jean-Karl Vernay 69 FRA Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team Audi +2:11.433
13 Yann Ehrlacher 68 FRA ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda +2:11.186
14 Kevin Ceccon 31 ITA Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo +2:11.198
15 Fabrizio Giovanardi 88 ITA Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo +2:11.268
16 Aurélien Panis 21 FRA Comtoyou Racing Audi +2:11.279
17 Petr Fulin 44 CZE Fullin Race Academy Cupra +2:11.326
18 Tom Coronel 9 NDL Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda +2:11,624
19 Thed Björk 11 SWE YMR Hyundai +2:11.685
20 Mato Homola 70 SLK DG Sport Competition Peugeot +2:11.801
21 Zsolt Szabo 66 HUN Zengo Motorsport Cupra +2:11.813
22 Gordon Shedden 52 GBR Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team Audi +2:12.028
23 Denis Dupont 20 BEL Audi Sport Team Comtoyou Audi +2:12.169
24 Mehdi Bennani 25 MAR Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen +2:12.197
25 Rob Huff 12 GBR Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen +2:12.375
26 Andrej Studenic 17 SLO Brutal Fish Racing Team Volkswagen +2:13.666
Saturday 14 Jul 2018, 11:37 Europe/London
# Driver Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Pepe Oriola 74 SPA 25 Team OSCARO by Campos Racing Cupra 11 laps
2 Jean-Karl Vernay 69 FRA 20 Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team Audi +1.734
3 Gabriele Tarquini 30 ITA 16 BRC Racing Team Hyundai +2.374
4 Aurelien Comte 7 AND 13 DG Sport Competition Peugeot +5.525
5 Fabrizio Giovanardi 88 ITA 11 Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo +5.773
6 Yann Ehrlacher 68 FRA 10 ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda +7.357
7 Tom Coronel 9 NDL 9 Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda +7.725
8 Denis Dupont 20 BEL 8 Audi Sport Team Comtoyou Audi +8.190
9 Aurélien Panis 21 FRA 7 Comtoyou Racing Audi +8.993
10 Nathanael Berthon 23 FRA 6 Comtoyou Racing Audi +9.813
11 Norbert Nagy 8 HUN 5 Zengo Motorsport Cupra +11.517
12 Yvan Muller 48 FRA 4 YMR Hyundai +12.383
13 Thed Björk 11 SWE 3 YMR Hyundai +12.594
14 Mato Homola 70 SLK 2 DG Sport Competition Peugeot +13.395
15 Petr Fulin 44 CZE 1 Fullin Race Academy Cupra +13.767
16 Kevin Ceccon 31 ITA 0 Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo +14.019
17 Gordon Shedden 52 GBR 0 Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team Audi +15.569
18 John Filippi 27 FRA 0 Team OSCARO by Campos Racing Cupra +15.856
19 Rob Huff 12 GBR 0 Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen +22.247
20 Benjamin Lessennes 63 BEL 0 Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda +22.917
21 Mehdi Bennani 25 MAR 0 Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen +24.338
22 Andrej Studenic 17 SLO 0 Brutal Fish Racing Team Volkswagen +24.575
23 Norbert Michelisz 5 HUN 0 BRC Racing Team Hyundai +1 lap
24 Zsolt Szabo 66 HUN 0 Zengo Motorsport Cupra +2 laps
25 Esteban Guerrieri 86 ARG 0 ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda +4 laps
26 Frederic Vervisch 22 BEL 0 Audi Sport Team Comtoyou Audi +DNF
Friday 13 Jul 2018, 17:40 Europe/London
# Driver Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Gabriele Tarquini 30 ITA BRC Racing Team Hyundai 2:09.464
2 Norbert Michelisz 5 HUN BRC Racing Team Hyundai 2:09.664
3 Yvan Muller 48 FRA YMR Hyundai 2:10.281
4 Aurelien Comte 7 AND DG Sport Competition Peugeot 2:10.326
5 Pepe Oriola 74 SPA Team OSCARO by Campos Racing Cupra 2:10.475
6 Esteban Guerrieri 86 ARG ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda 2:10.487
7 Thed Björk 11 SWE YMR Hyundai 2:10.552
8 Jean-Karl Vernay 69 FRA Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team Audi 2:10.565
9 Tom Coronel 9 NDL Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda 2:10.752
10 Yann Ehrlacher 68 FRA ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda 2:10.870
11 Mato Homola 70 SLK DG Sport Competition Peugeot 2:11.030
12 Aurélien Panis 21 FRA Comtoyou Racing Audi 2:11.170
13 Denis Dupont 20 BEL Audi Sport Team Comtoyou Audi 2:11.199
14 Nathanael Berthon 23 FRA Comtoyou Racing Audi 2:11.230
15 Fabrizio Giovanardi 88 ITA Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo 2:11.284
16 Benjamin Lessennes 63 BEL Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda 2:11.368
17 Frederic Vervisch 22 BEL Audi Sport Team Comtoyou Audi 2:11.414
18 Norbert Nagy 8 HUN Zengo Motorsport Cupra 2:11.514
19 Petr Fulin 44 CZE Fullin Race Academy Cupra 2:11.516
20 Gordon Shedden 52 GBR Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team Audi 2:11.646
21 Kevin Ceccon 31 ITA Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo 2:11.676
22 Zsolt Szabo 66 HUN Zengo Motorsport Cupra 2:11.808
23 Rob Huff 12 GBR Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen 2:11.843
24 Mehdi Bennani 25 MAR Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen 2:12.366
25 Andrej Studenic 17 SLO Brutal Fish Racing Team Volkswagen 2:13.529
26 John Filippi 27 FRA Team OSCARO by Campos Racing Cupra No time
Driver Standings
Sunday, 15 Jul 2018
# Driver Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Gabriele TARQUINI 30 ITA 202 BRC Racing Team Hyundai
2 Yvan MULLER 48 FRA 199 YMR Hyundai
3 Norbert MICHELISZ 5 HUN 176 BRC Racing Team Hyundai
4 Yann EHRLACHER 68 FRA 171 ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda
5 Jean-Karl VERNAY 69 FRA 166 Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team Audi
6 Thed BJöRK 11 SWE 164 YMR Hyundai
7 Pepe ORIOLA 74 SPA 154 Team OSCARO by Campos Racing Cupra
8 Esteban GUERRIERI 86 ARG 134 ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda
9 Rob HUFF 12 GBR 130 Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen
10 Aurelien COMTE 7 AND 109 DG Sport Competition Peugeot
11 Frederic VERVISCH 22 BEL 100 Audi Sport Team Comtoyou Audi
12 Gordon SHEDDEN 52 GBR 70 Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team Audi
13 Mehdi BENNANI 25 MAR 63 Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen
14 Benjamin LESSENNES 63 BEL 58 Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda
15 Mato HOMOLA 70 SLK 38 DG Sport Competition Peugeot
16 Dániel NAGY HUN 36 M1RA Hyundai
17 James THOMPSON 15 GBR 36 ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda
18 Nathanael BERTHON 23 FRA 29 Comtoyou Racing Audi
19 Tom CORONEL 9 NDL 28 Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda
20 Fabrizio GIOVANARDI 88 ITA 19 Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo
21 Norbert NAGY 8 HUN 18 Zengo Motorsport Cupra
22 Petr FULIN 44 CZE 13 Fullin Race Academy Cupra
23 John FILIPPI 27 FRA 12 Team OSCARO by Campos Racing Cupra
24 Aurélien PANIS 21 FRA 12 Comtoyou Racing Audi
25 Kevin CECCON 31 ITA 10 Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo
26 Rene RAST 33 GER 10 Audi Sport Team WRT Audi
27 Denis DUPONT 20 BEL 6 Audi Sport Team Comtoyou Audi
28 Zsolt SZABO 66 HUN 1 Zengo Motorsport Cupra