Esteban Guerrieri and Ma Qinghua led the Honda Civic Type R TCR points scorers on Sunday in two bruising races in the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup on the streets of Wuhan.

Driving for ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport, Esteban qualified fifth and rocketed up to second within the first few corners of Race Three; positions he was then told to give back by race control.

He then resisted intense pressure to hang on for fourth, despite suffering a damaged exhaust from a rear-end tap earlier in the race.

Both Esteban and team-mates Yann Ehrlacher were forced off the track at the start of Race Two, causing all three to lose positions. Esteban finished 13th while Yann was 15th – a result he bettered by three places later in the day.

Timo had even worse luck as he was involved in contact through no fault of his own on the first laps of both races and retired without having completed a lap of either.

There was better news from Boutsen Ginion Racing, whose Chinese driver Ma played a starring role in front of his home crowd after reaching the Q2 section of qualifying – and only missing the Q3 pole position shoot-out by 0.1 seconds.

Ninth place in qualifying gave him a front-row starting spot on Race Two’s partially-reversed grid.

Contact from behind at the start pushed him off the track at the first corner and dropped him to 11th, but he fought back to eighth, only to be demoted to 12th with a post-race penalty for contact.

He was on top form in Race Three to finish seventh and become the first Chinese points-scorer in WTCR.

Team-mate Tom Coronel started both races from the back row, but used all his experience to gain 10 spots during the early stages of each. Unfortunately, an electrical issue meant he did not reach the chequered flag.

The weekend results mean Münnich and Boutsen Ginion hold third and 10th places in the Teams’ Championship while Esteban is the best-placed Civic Type R TCR pilot in the Drivers’ points table in sixth.

The series continues at Honda’s home racetrack, Suzuka, in three weeks’ time.

Esteban Guerrieri

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“Fourth is a good way to finish what’s been a tough weekend. The car has got better and better in every session and this is a good result for the whole team for the work they’ve done. I made a great start, got a push at Turn One and had to go off the track. I gained two positions and was told by race control to give them back, which I think was OK. Then towards the end I had a broken exhaust, which was costing me power and meant I had to defend really hard, so I’m pleased with the result.”

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Yann Ehrlacher

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“I’ve had a tough day. After finishing fourth on the road yesterday, we made a change to the set-up that wasn’t so much to my liking, but still should have been OK, except I got blocked twice on my last lap in Q1 and qualified 21st. On a street circuit, you cannot do anything from there. I did make two good starts and was able to overtake, but I just started too far back to battle for points.”

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Timo Scheider

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“It’s been an incredibly frustrating day. I haven’t completed a lap at racing speed and have had no chance to see the improvements the team have made to the car during the weekend. In Race Two a car turned in on me and in Race Three I had the track completely blocked in front of me and had nowhere to go so again I had big damage. The team did a great job to fix the front suspension between the two races, but unfortunately this just wasn’t our weekend.”

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Qinghua Ma

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“It’s been a good day. I got into Q2 and had strong pace in both races. I think two points finishes were a good reward for the team, who did a fantastic job this weekend. We needed to change some things with the set-up for today and the Honda was much better. Starting second in Race Two, I got a push at Turn One and had to go off and lose many positions, but I overtook some cars and finished eighth before the penalty. To get seventh in Race Two was even better. To achieve this against the WTCR drivers, who really are the best touring car drivers in the world, is satisfying.”

Boutsen Ginion Racing
Tom Coronel

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“Today has been a frustrating day. China has not been a lucky country for me this year and today there was an electrical issue that put me out of both races. It’s a shame because I made good starts in both races and was running about 10 places higher than where I started each time. I’m really looking forward to going back to Japan – a country where I raced successfully for several years – and to Suzuka, a circuit I love, where we can work to get some good results.”

Boutsen Ginion Racing
Dominik Greiner

Dominik Greiner

Team Manager

“We’ve ended the weekend with a very good fourth-place finish from Esteban and that reflects the fact that from FP1 through to the final race, the team never stopped improving the car. This is a big credit to them. It’s a shame Yann was blocked in qualifying because I think he could have done something similar after his drive yesterday, and Timo was just in the wrong place at the wrong time in both races. We have all three cars in one piece, which after the crashes we saw today, is a good thing.”

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Olivia Boutsen

Olivia Boutsen

Team Manager

“We didn’t start the weekend in the strongest way, but today we’ve taken two good finishes from Ma Qinghua, who has shown himself to be a very good driver and has integrated himself extremely well into our team – who he had not even met 10 days ago. Tom has been so unlucky this year and that continued today with some electrical issues. China has not been good to him, but he knows Suzuka well so that gives us optimism as we prepare for the next event.”

Boutsen Ginion Racing
Mads Fischer

Mads Fischer

TCR Project Leader, JAS Motorsport

Mads Fischer, JAS Motorsport TCR Project Leader, said: “It’s been a tough weekend for all the drivers this weekend. Our car was not the fastest, but we know why this was, and all the drivers have found it challenging to find a set-up that works with the Civic Type R TCR and is to their liking. It’s a punishing street circuit and it’s taken its toll. Both ALL-INKL.COM Munnich Motorsport and Boutsen Ginion Racing have worked hard to improve their speed all weekend and we could see by the final race that the picture was far more positive.”

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WTCR Race of China – Wuhan

Wuhan Street Circuit, China

WTCR 2018, Round 8

Sunday 7 Oct 2018, 11:05 Europe/London
# Driver Num Nationality Nat. Total Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Gordon Shedden 52 GBR 30 25 Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team Audi 23 laps
2 Frederic Vervisch 22 BEL 23 20 Audi Sport Team Comtoyou Audi +0.558
3 Denis Dupont 20 BEL 19 16 Audi Sport Team Comtoyou Audi +5.018
4 Esteban Guerrieri 86 ARG 16 13 ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda +8.475
5 Nathanael Berthon 23 FRA 13 11 Comtoyou Racing Audi +8.813
6 Pepe Oriola 74 SPA 10 10 Team OSCARO by Campos Racing Cupra +9.827
7 Qinghua Ma 55 CHN 7 9 Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda +11.047
8 Kevin Ceccon 31 ITA 4 8 Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo +11.296
9 Mehdi Bennani 25 MAR 2 7 Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen +12.304
10 Thed Björk 11 SWE 1 6 YMR Hyundai +13.905
11 Aurélien Panis 21 FRA 0 5 Comtoyou Racing Audi +14.627
12 Yann Ehrlacher 68 FRA 0 4 ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda +15.402
13 Gabriele Tarquini 30 ITA 0 3 BRC Racing Team Hyundai +15.928
14 Norbert Michelisz 5 HUN 0 2 BRC Racing Team Hyundai +21.125
15 Jean-Karl Vernay 69 FRA 0 1 Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team Audi +24.642
16 Norbert Nagy 8 HUN 0 0 Zengo Motorsport Cupra +29.703
17 Tom Coronel 9 NDL 0 0 Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda +5 laps
NC Yvan Muller 48 FRA 0 0 YMR Hyundai +DNF
NC Fabrizio Giovanardi 88 ITA 0 0 Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo +DNF
NC Timo Scheider 42 GER 0 0 ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda +DNF
NC Zsolt Szabo 66 HUN 0 0 Zengo Motorsport Cupra +DNF
NC Aurelien Comte 7 AND 0 0 DG Sport Competition Peugeot +DNF
NC Rob Huff 12 GBR 0 0 Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen +DNF
NC Mato Homola 70 SLK 0 0 DG Sport Competition Peugeot +DNF
NC John Filippi 27 FRA 0 0 Team OSCARO by Campos Racing Cupra +DNS
Sunday 7 Oct 2018, 09:25 Europe/London
# Driver Num Nationality Nat. Total Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Mehdi Bennani 25 MAR 25 25 Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen 18 laps
2 Aurelien Comte 7 AND 18 20 DG Sport Competition Peugeot +0.478
3 Nathanael Berthon 23 FRA 15 16 Comtoyou Racing Audi +0.618
4 Pepe Oriola 74 SPA 12 13 Team OSCARO by Campos Racing Cupra +5.115
5 Jean-Karl Vernay 69 FRA 10 11 Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team Audi +5.516
6 Frederic Vervisch 22 BEL 8 10 Audi Sport Team Comtoyou Audi +5.988
7 Aurélien Panis 21 FRA 6 9 Comtoyou Racing Audi +6.489
8 Denis Dupont 20 BEL 4 8 Audi Sport Team Comtoyou Audi +11.585
9 Yvan Muller 48 FRA 2 7 YMR Hyundai +12.176
10 Rob Huff 12 GBR 1 6 Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen +12.482
11 Kevin Ceccon 31 ITA 0 5 Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo +13.814
12 Qinghua Ma 55 CHN 0 4 Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda +15.229
13 Esteban Guerrieri 86 ARG 0 3 ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda +15.373
14 Norbert Michelisz 5 HUN 0 2 BRC Racing Team Hyundai +16.025
15 Yann Ehrlacher 68 FRA 0 1 ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda +16.664
16 Fabrizio Giovanardi 88 ITA 0 0 Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo +26.507
17 Zsolt Szabo 66 HUN 0 0 Zengo Motorsport Cupra +41.252
18 Norbert Nagy 8 HUN 0 0 Zengo Motorsport Cupra +DNF
19 Gabriele Tarquini 30 ITA 0 0 BRC Racing Team Hyundai +DNF
20 Tom Coronel 9 NDL 0 0 Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda +DNF
21 Thed Björk 11 SWE 0 0 YMR Hyundai +DNF
22 John Filippi 27 FRA 0 0 Team OSCARO by Campos Racing Cupra +DNF
23 Timo Scheider 42 GER 0 0 ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda +DNF
24 Mato Homola 70 SLK 0 0 DG Sport Competition Peugeot +DNF
25 Gordon Shedden 52 GBR 0 0 Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team Audi +DNF
Sunday 7 Oct 2018, 03:36 Europe/London
# Driver Num Nationality Nat. Total Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Gordon Shedden 52 GBR 5 Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team Audi 1:22.776
2 Frederic Vervisch 22 BEL 4 Audi Sport Team Comtoyou Audi +1:22.825
3 Denis Dupont 20 BEL 3 Audi Sport Team Comtoyou Audi +1:22.859
4 Jean-Karl Vernay 69 FRA 2 Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team Audi +1:23.002
5 Esteban Guerrieri 86 ARG 1 ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda +1:23.744
6 Nathanael Berthon 23 FRA - Comtoyou Racing Audi +1:23.051
7 Pepe Oriola 74 SPA - Team OSCARO by Campos Racing Cupra +1:23.068
8 Aurelien Comte 7 AND - DG Sport Competition Peugeot +1:23.081
9 Qinghua Ma 55 CHN - Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda +1:23.083
10 Mehdi Bennani 25 MAR - Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen +1:23.148
11 Aurélien Panis 21 FRA - Comtoyou Racing Audi +1:23.148
12 Kevin Ceccon 31 ITA - Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo +1:23.333
13 Rob Huff 12 GBR - Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen +1:23.342
14 Thed Björk 11 SWE - YMR Hyundai +1:23.346
15 Yvan Muller 48 FRA - YMR Hyundai +1:23.433
16 Gabriele Tarquini 30 ITA - BRC Racing Team Hyundai +1:23.488
17 John Filippi 27 FRA - Team OSCARO by Campos Racing Cupra +1:23.547
18 Timo Scheider 42 GER - ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda +1:23.578
19 Zsolt Szabo 66 HUN - Zengo Motorsport Cupra +1:23.656
20 Mato Homola 70 SLK - DG Sport Competition Peugeot +1:23.663
21 Yann Ehrlacher 68 FRA - ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda +1:23.709
22 Norbert Michelisz 5 HUN - BRC Racing Team Hyundai +1:23.937
23 Norbert Nagy 8 HUN - Zengo Motorsport Cupra +1:23.995
24 Tom Coronel 9 NDL - Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda +1:24.150
25 Fabrizio Giovanardi 88 ITA - Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo +1:24.931
Saturday 6 Oct 2018, 09:48 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 20 laps
2 Pepe Oriola 74 SPA 20 20 Team OSCARO by Campos Racing Cupra +4.913
3 Gordon Shedden 52 GBR 17 16 Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team Audi +5.513
4 Frederic Vervisch 22 BEL 14 13 Audi Sport Team Comtoyou Audi +10.070
5 Aurelien Comte 7 AND 12 11 DG Sport Competition Peugeot +11.102
6 Kevin Ceccon 31 ITA 10 10 Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo +11.531
7 Esteban Guerrieri 86 ARG 8 9 ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda +17.044
8 Nathanael Berthon 23 FRA 6 8 Comtoyou Racing Audi +17.556
9 Aurélien Panis 21 FRA 4 7 Comtoyou Racing Audi +18.307
10 Denis Dupont 20 BEL 2 6 Audi Sport Team Comtoyou Audi +19.060
11 Qinghua Ma 55 CHN - 5 Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda +20.725
12 Thed Björk 11 SWE - 4 YMR Hyundai +21.980
13 Mehdi Bennani 25 MAR - 3 Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen +23.449
14 Rob Huff 12 GBR - 2 Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen +24.049
15 Yvan Muller 48 FRA - 1 YMR Hyundai +26.113
16 John Filippi 27 FRA - 0 Team OSCARO by Campos Racing Cupra +26.980
17 Gabriele Tarquini 30 ITA - 0 BRC Racing Team Hyundai +27.428
18 Yann Ehrlacher 68 FRA - 0 ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda +39.613
19 Timo Scheider 42 GER - 0 ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda +5 laps
20 Zsolt Szabo 66 HUN - 0 Zengo Motorsport Cupra +DNC
21 Norbert Nagy 8 HUN - 0 Zengo Motorsport Cupra +DNC
22 Tom Coronel 9 NDL - 0 Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda +DNF
23 Fabrizio Giovanardi 88 ITA - 0 Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo +DNF
24 Mato Homola 70 SLK - 0 DG Sport Competition Peugeot +DNF
25 Norbert Michelisz 5 HUN - 0 BRC Racing Team Hyundai +DNF
Saturday 6 Oct 2018, 04:40 Europe/London
# Driver Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jean-Karl Vernay 69 FRA Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team Audi 1:22.846
2 Pepe Oriola 74 SPA Team OSCARO by Campos Racing Cupra 1:22.890
3 Nathanael Berthon 23 FRA Comtoyou Racing Audi 1:22.909
4 Denis Dupont 20 BEL Audi Sport Team Comtoyou Audi 1:22.959
5 Gordon Shedden 52 GBR Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team Audi 1:22.989
6 Frederic Vervisch 22 BEL Audi Sport Team Comtoyou Audi 1:23.004
7 Yann Ehrlacher 68 FRA ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda 1:23.186
8 Kevin Ceccon 31 ITA Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo 1:23.201
9 Aurelien Comte 7 AND DG Sport Competition Peugeot 1:23.250
10 Mato Homola 70 SLK DG Sport Competition Peugeot 1:23.256
11 Esteban Guerrieri 86 ARG ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda 1:23.322
12 Aurélien Panis 21 FRA Comtoyou Racing Audi 1:23.359
13 Zsolt Szabo 66 HUN Zengo Motorsport Cupra 1:23.368
14 Rob Huff 12 GBR Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen 1:23.506
15 Qinghua Ma 55 CHN Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda 1:23.545
16 Mehdi Bennani 25 MAR Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen 1:23.651
17 Thed Björk 11 SWE YMR Hyundai 1:23.655
18 Yvan Muller 48 FRA YMR Hyundai 1:23.669
19 Timo Scheider 42 GER ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda 1:23.771
20 John Filippi 27 FRA Team OSCARO by Campos Racing Cupra 1:23.777
21 Gabriele Tarquini 30 ITA BRC Racing Team Hyundai 1:23.858
22 Tom Coronel 9 NDL Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda 1:23.859
23 Norbert Nagy 8 HUN Zengo Motorsport Cupra 1:23.882
24 Norbert Michelisz 5 HUN BRC Racing Team Hyundai 1:24.672
25 Fabrizio Giovanardi 88 ITA Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo 1:24.860