Esteban Guerrieri and ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport lead the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup at the halfway point of the season thanks to a hard-fought podium finish at the Nurburgring Nordschleife in Germany.
Starting third, the Argentinian made a dynamite start to the third and final race of the weekend in his Honda Civic Type R TCR, briefly grabbing the lead on the run to the first corner, and drove a strong race to third place and his sixth podium of the year.
Remarkably, the Münnich team had helped him overcome a clutch issue that almost prevented him going to the final-race grid, and allowed him to increase his championship advantage to 45 points – that figure helped by a sixth-place finish in Race Two.
ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport continue to hold the lead in the Teams’ Championship, fittingly leaving their home event with a 68-point advantage.
Starting 24th in the day’s first race due to the noise issues that led to him being denied the chance to set a fast lap in Friday’s second qualifying, Nestor Girolami was not a classified finisher.
A radiator change between races meant he had to start the final encounter from the pitlane, but he rallied to finish 18th, a result that maintained his fourth place in the points.
KCMG’s Attila Tassi claimed the best finish of his WTCR career with fifth place in Race One. Having been involved in several tough battles, the Hungarian held his own to record the result on a track he’d never driven on prior to this weekend.
A sensational start from eighth on the Race-Three grid brought him up to fourth spot immediately, but an engine issue put him out on the first lap as he looked to challenge for a podium finish.
Team-mate Tiago Monteiro was 14th in Race Two to record KCMG’s first double-points finish in WTCR, and the Portuguese made a strong start in Race Three as well.
Unfortunately he was spun at the opening corner by a rival and was relegated to the tail of the field. He recovered to 17th.
The next races take place at Vila Real, Portugal, in two weeks’ time.