Esteban Guerrieri made it a double podium for the Honda Civic Type R TCR with a gritty drive to third place in the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup at Ningbo International Speedpark in China.

Having finished second in Saturday’s opener, the Argentinian driver magnificently rose through the field from eighth on the partially-reversed Race Two grid and snatched his fifth rostrum finish of the year for ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport.

His aim to make it a triple podium in Race Three was thwarted after just half a lap when a rival driver turned in on him while trying to defend second position and bent Esteban’s right-front suspension.

The Münnich team had suffered an already challenging day. Holding third for most of Race Two, Yann Ehrlacher was barged out of the position – and into a half-spin that cost him six more places – with just two laps remaining.

A hard hit from another car on the final lap not only put him out, but also required extensive work by his team to replace the car’s left-rear corner. Due to the short time gap between races, he was forced to start from the pitlane. He finished 19th.

A first-lap puncture in the earlier race caused an unplanned pitstop for Timo Scheider and destroyed any hope of a good result, but a gutsy drive by the German in a red-flagged Race Three meant he ended his first weekend in front-wheel-drive machinery with 11th place.

Boutsen Ginion Racing’s Ma Qinghua was one of the stars of qualifying. After going eighth-fastest in Q1, he had hopes of making the single-lap Q3 pole shoot-out, but a broken anti-roll bar restricted him to 12th on the grid.

After setting laptimes on a par with the leaders, late contact with another car removed a potentially points-paying result in Race Two. The resultant mechanical damage was enough to prevent him starting the finale.

Team-mate Tom Coronel continued his trend of making big gains in the races compared to qualifying. Twice starting 23rd, he finished 16th and 17th.

The series continues next weekend in the City of Wuhan in central China.

Esteban Guerrieri

Esteban Guerrieri 86

“Pace-wise, this weekend has been my best event of the season, and it felt very satisfying to finish third in Race Two, because I started eighth, took a hard hit quite early on, but could continue to a strong result. In Race Three the car I had in the first half-lap was incredible. Unfortunately, I went to overtake Norbi Michelisz, he turned in and the suspension was bent, so that was that. The progress we made with the car from FP1 through to today was excellent and that gives me a lot of confidence going forwards.”

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Timo Scheider

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“For a second day in a row I was so close to scoring a point, but I’m satisfied with another 11th place in Race Three. In Race Two I had contact from a couple of different cars and one of the hits punctured a front tyre so I had to come in to change it. The rest of the race was a good data-gathering exercise, and we put some of the things we found into practice for Race Three. I made up lots of places early on and was confident of taking 10th, but after the red flag, the balance wasn’t quite the same. I’m excited about what we could achieve at Wuhan.”

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Yann Ehrlacher

Yann Ehrlacher 68

“It’s been a tough day and it could have been very different. In Race Two I was able to keep third place pretty easily until the ant-roll bar broke and I had Frederic Vervisch behind me. We had some contact, which I’d call a racing incident, but I lost many places. Then I got hit hard on the last lap and it broke the whole left-rear corner. The team did an amazing job to fix the car, even if it meant starting Race Three from the pitlane with no chance of a good result. From eighth on the grid – where I should have started – I think a top-five was easily achievable.”

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Qing Hua Ma

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“Today started out very promising with eighth place in Q1, but unfortunately the anti-roll bar broke and we didn’t have time to fix it, so I ended up 12th. There were some nice battles in Race Two and in the second half of the race the pace was within a tenth or two of the leaders. The incident with Yann Ehrlacher was unfortunate. I didn’t see where his car was because I was overtaking Pepe Oriola and his car blocked my view of Yann. I’m sorry for him because he was totally innocent in the contact. The guys did an amazing job to try and fix the car, but time just ran out. Still, I’ve learned a lot and will put that into practice in Wuhan.”

Boutsen Ginion Racing
Tom Coronel

Tom Coronel 9

“Another tough day. The car feels very good on the first couple of laps when the temperatures are still building up, and I’ve been able to overtake quite a lot of cars in that early phase, but as the race keeps going, it’s tough to stay with the pace of some of the others. I had some nice battles on-track, but didn’t win any of them. We’re lacking a bit of top speed on the straights so it was tough to defend against the other cars, and that makes the whole process a bit difficult.”

Boutsen Ginion Racing
Dominik Greiner

Dominik Greiner

Team Manager

“Pace-wise, I’m very happy with what’s been achieved today, even if the points don’t reflect this. Esteban felt better in his car than at any other point in the weekend and he scored a very good podium from eighth on the grid in Race Two, but I’m frustrated that he has received contact again in Race Three; an event I think he stood a chance of winning. Both Yann and Timo were also victims of contact. The team were unlucky not to get Yann out for Race Three before the pitlane closed, but it was still an amazing effort to replace a complete corner. Timo’s pace in Race Three was strong and he’ll be even more of a force in Wuhan.”

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Olivia Boutsen

Olivia Boutsen

Team Manager

“Today’s results were not what we were expecting; in fact, without the issue in qualifying for Ma Qinghua, he might have qualified in the top six, and that would have meant a very different type of day. After the contact in Race One, he had some big damage, including to the turbo and intercooler. Knowing that an engine-change penalty would be very bad in Wuhan, we decided not to risk overheating it, so he didn’t start Race Three. Tom was quite racy and was rewarded for some well-judged moves early on by finishing both races much higher than where he started.”

Boutsen Ginion Racing
Mads Fischer

Mads Fischer

TCR Project Leader, JAS Motorsport

“The speed of the Civic Type R TCR looked good this weekend and the podium for Esteban in Race Two, as well as the general race pace of Esteban, Yann and Timo was a strong indication of this. Ma Qinghua did a god job on his first weekend as well, I think. I’m disappointed that the driving standards don’t seem to have improved; when you look at the number of damaged cars on the Race-Three grid, - including those of our customer racing teams – you have to think that people need to think about the next race a bit more, especially as we’re going to a street circuit next weekend.”

JAS Motorsport
WTCR Race of China – Ningbo

Ningbo International Speedpark, China

WTCR 2018, Round 7

Sunday 30 Sep 2018, 09:45 Europe/London
# Driver Num Nationality Nat. Total Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Thed Björk 11 SWE 30 25 YMR Hyundai 17 laps
2 Gabriele Tarquini 30 ITA 23 20 BRC Racing Team Hyundai +1.928
3 Denis Dupont 20 BEL 19 16 Audi Sport Team Comtoyou Audi +4.020
4 Frederic Vervisch 22 BEL 16 13 Audi Sport Team Comtoyou Audi +7.235
5 Norbert Michelisz 5 HUN 13 11 BRC Racing Team Hyundai +8.855
6 Rob Huff 12 GBR 10 10 Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen +10.572
7 Pepe Oriola 74 SPA 7 9 Team OSCARO by Campos Racing Cupra +11.061
8 Aurélien Panis 21 FRA 4 8 Comtoyou Racing Audi +12.118
9 Nathanael Berthon 23 FRA 2 7 Comtoyou Racing Audi +12.871
10 Mehdi Bennani 25 MAR 1 6 Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen +13.737
11 Timo Scheider 42 GER - 5 ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda +14.229
12 Jean-Karl Vernay 69 FRA - 4 Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team Audi +14.678
13 Gordon Shedden 52 GBR - 3 Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team Audi +15.620
14 Kevin Ceccon 31 ITA - 2 Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo +19.862
15 Norbert Nagy 8 HUN - 1 Zengo Motorsport Cupra +20.316
16 Aurelien Comte 7 AND - 0 DG Sport Competition Peugeot +21.229
17 Tom Coronel 9 NDL - 0 Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda +23.155
18 Mato Homola 70 SLK - 0 DG Sport Competition Peugeot +25.605
19 Yann Ehrlacher 68 FRA - 0 ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda +26.370
20 John Filippi 27 FRA - 0 Team OSCARO by Campos Racing Cupra +1 lap
21 Zsolt Szabo 66 HUN - 0 Zengo Motorsport Cupra +1 lap
22 Yvan Muller 48 FRA - 0 YMR Hyundai +DNF
23 Fabrizio Giovanardi 88 ITA - 0 Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo +DNF
24 Esteban Guerrieri 86 ARG - 0 ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda +DNF
25 Qing Hua Ma 55 CHN - 0 Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda +DNS
Sunday 30 Sep 2018, 07:57 Europe/London
# Driver Num Nationality Nat. Total Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Yvan Muller 48 FRA 25 25 YMR Hyundai 13 laps
2 Mehdi Bennani 25 MAR 18 20 Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen +2.620
3 Esteban Guerrieri 86 ARG 15 16 ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda +8.569
4 Denis Dupont 20 BEL 12 13 Audi Sport Team Comtoyou Audi +9.965
5 Rob Huff 12 GBR 10 11 Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen +12.526
6 Frederic Vervisch 22 BEL 8 10 Audi Sport Team Comtoyou Audi +12.629
7 Thed Björk 11 SWE 6 9 YMR Hyundai +12.796
8 Nathanael Berthon 23 FRA 4 8 Comtoyou Racing Audi +12.961
9 Norbert Michelisz 5 HUN 2 7 BRC Racing Team Hyundai +13.257
10 Pepe Oriola 74 SPA 1 6 Team OSCARO by Campos Racing Cupra +15.337
11 Aurélien Panis 21 FRA 0 5 Comtoyou Racing Audi +18.019
12 Kevin Ceccon 31 ITA 0 4 Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo +22.473
13 Fabrizio Giovanardi 88 ITA 0 3 Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo +27.413
14 Qing Hua Ma 55 CHN 0 2 Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda +31.012
15 Gordon Shedden 52 GBR 0 1 Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team Audi +31.601
16 Tom Coronel 9 NDL 0 0 Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda +32.475
17 Mato Homola 70 SLK 0 0 DG Sport Competition Peugeot +33.618
18 Yann Ehrlacher 68 FRA 0 0 ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda +1 lap
19 Timo Scheider 42 GER 0 0 ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda +1 lap
20 Norbert Nagy 8 HUN 0 0 Zengo Motorsport Cupra +DNF
21 John Filippi 27 FRA 0 0 Team OSCARO by Campos Racing Cupra +DNF
22 Jean-Karl Vernay 69 FRA 0 0 Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team Audi +DNF
23 Gabriele Tarquini 30 ITA 0 0 BRC Racing Team Hyundai +DNF
24 Zsolt Szabo 66 HUN 0 0 Zengo Motorsport Cupra +DNF
25 Jean-Karl Vernay 69 FRA 0 0 Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team Audi +DNF
Sunday 30 Sep 2018, 03:04 Europe/London
# Driver Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Thed Björk 11 SWE YMR Hyundai 1:50.371
2 Norbert Michelisz 5 HUN BRC Racing Team Hyundai +1:50.474
3 Esteban Guerrieri 86 ARG ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda +1:50.517
4 Gabriele Tarquini 30 ITA BRC Racing Team Hyundai +1:50.622
5 Rob Huff 12 GBR Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen +1:50.902
6 Denis Dupont 20 BEL Audi Sport Team Comtoyou Audi +1:50.591
7 Frederic Vervisch 22 BEL Audi Sport Team Comtoyou Audi +1:50.602
8 Yann Ehrlacher 68 FRA ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda +1:50.729
9 Yvan Muller 48 FRA YMR Hyundai +1:50.732
10 Mehdi Bennani 25 MAR Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen +1:50.913
11 Nathanael Berthon 23 FRA Comtoyou Racing Audi +1:51.070
12 Qing Hua Ma 55 CHN Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda +1:51.464
13 Jean-Karl Vernay 69 FRA Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team Audi +1:51.145
14 Aurelien Comte 7 AND DG Sport Competition Peugeot +1:51.169
15 Pepe Oriola 74 SPA Team OSCARO by Campos Racing Cupra +1:51.190
16 Aurélien Panis 21 FRA Comtoyou Racing Audi +1:51.205
17 Zsolt Szabo 66 HUN Zengo Motorsport Cupra +1:51.226
18 Timo Scheider 42 GER ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda +1:51.484
19 Kevin Ceccon 31 ITA Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo +1:51.759
20 Norbert Nagy 8 HUN Zengo Motorsport Cupra +1:51.774
21 John Filippi 27 FRA Team OSCARO by Campos Racing Cupra +1:51.871
22 Gordon Shedden 52 GBR Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team Audi +1:51.946
23 Tom Coronel 9 NDL Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda +1:52.023
24 Mato Homola 70 SLK DG Sport Competition Peugeot +1:52.183
25 Fabrizio Giovanardi 88 ITA Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo +1:52.201
Saturday 29 Sep 2018, 10:14 Europe/London
# Driver Num Nationality Nat. Total Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Thed Björk 11 SWE 27 25 YMR Hyundai 13 laps
2 Esteban Guerrieri 86 ARG 20 20 ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda +4.098
3 Frederic Vervisch 22 BEL 17 16 Audi Sport Team Comtoyou Audi +6.509
4 Gabriele Tarquini 30 ITA 14 13 BRC Racing Team Hyundai +7.459
5 Mehdi Bennani 25 MAR 12 11 Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen +12.512
6 Rob Huff 12 GBR 10 10 Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen +12.920
7 Yvan Muller 48 FRA 8 9 YMR Hyundai +15.681
8 Yann Ehrlacher 68 FRA 6 8 ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda +18.262
9 Denis Dupont 20 BEL 4 7 Audi Sport Team Comtoyou Audi +21.330
10 Aurélien Panis 21 FRA 2 6 Comtoyou Racing Audi +22.571
11 Timo Scheider 42 GER - 5 ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda +22.991
12 Kevin Ceccon 31 ITA - 4 Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo +24.891
13 Pepe Oriola 74 SPA - 3 Team OSCARO by Campos Racing Cupra +34.043
14 Gordon Shedden 52 GBR - 2 Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team Audi +36.378
15 Tom Coronel 9 NDL - 1 Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda +36.450
16 Aurelien Comte 7 AND - 0 DG Sport Competition Peugeot +36.721
17 Mato Homola 70 SLK - 0 DG Sport Competition Peugeot +37.224
18 Fabrizio Giovanardi 88 ITA - 0 Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo +37.540
19 Qing Hua Ma 55 CHN - 0 Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda +38.353
20 John Filippi 27 FRA - 0 Team OSCARO by Campos Racing Cupra +DNF
21 Dániel Nagy HUN - 0 M1RA Hyundai +DNF
22 Zsolt Szabo 66 HUN - 0 Zengo Motorsport Cupra +DNF
23 Jean-Karl Vernay 69 FRA - 0 Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team Audi +DNF
24 Norbert Michelisz 5 HUN - 0 BRC Racing Team Hyundai +DNF
25 Nathanael Berthon 23 FRA - 0 Comtoyou Racing Audi +DNF
Saturday 29 Sep 2018, 04:45 Europe/London
# Driver Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Thed Björk 11 SWE YMR Hyundai 1:51.028
2 Frederic Vervisch 22 BEL Audi Sport Team Comtoyou Audi +0.053
3 Norbert Michelisz 5 HUN BRC Racing Team Hyundai +0.129
4 Gabriele Tarquini 30 ITA BRC Racing Team Hyundai +0.174
5 Esteban Guerrieri 86 ARG ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda +0.332
6 Nathanael Berthon 23 FRA Comtoyou Racing Audi +0.428
7 Zsolt Szabo 66 HUN Zengo Motorsport Cupra +0.495
8 Denis Dupont 20 BEL Audi Sport Team Comtoyou Audi +0.536
9 Rob Huff 12 GBR Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen +0.550
10 Mehdi Bennani 25 MAR Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen +0.647
11 Pepe Oriola 74 SPA Team OSCARO by Campos Racing Cupra +0.650
12 Yann Ehrlacher 68 FRA ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda +0.706
13 Yvan Muller 48 FRA YMR Hyundai +0.712
14 Aurélien Panis 21 FRA Comtoyou Racing Audi +0.731
15 Jean-Karl Vernay 69 FRA Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team Audi +0.780
16 Norbert Nagy 8 HUN Zengo Motorsport Cupra +0.859
17 Qing Hua Ma 55 CHN Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda +0.861
18 Kevin Ceccon 31 ITA Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo +0.935
19 Timo Scheider 42 GER ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda +1.280
20 John Filippi 27 FRA Team OSCARO by Campos Racing Cupra +1.354
21 Gordon Shedden 52 GBR Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team Audi +1.621
22 Tom Coronel 9 NDL Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda +1.822
23 Fabrizio Giovanardi 88 ITA Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo +1.865
24 Mato Homola 70 SLK DG Sport Competition Peugeot +2.360
25 Aurelien Comte 7 AND DG Sport Competition Peugeot +2.403
Driver Standings
Sunday, 30 Sep 2018
# Driver Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Gabriele TARQUINI 30 ITA 241 BRC Racing Team Hyundai
2 Thed BJöRK 11 SWE 233 YMR Hyundai
3 Yvan MULLER 48 FRA 232 YMR Hyundai
4 Norbert MICHELISZ 5 HUN 195 BRC Racing Team Hyundai
5 Yann EHRLACHER 68 FRA 178 ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda
6 Esteban GUERRIERI 86 ARG 174 ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda
7 Jean-Karl VERNAY 69 FRA 166 Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team Audi
8 Pepe ORIOLA 74 SPA 165 Team OSCARO by Campos Racing Cupra
9 Rob HUFF 12 GBR 161 Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen
10 Frederic VERVISCH 22 BEL 143 Audi Sport Team Comtoyou Audi
11 Aurelien COMTE 7 AND 109 DG Sport Competition Peugeot
12 Mehdi BENNANI 25 MAR 94 Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen
13 Gordon SHEDDEN 52 GBR 70 Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team Audi
14 Benjamin LESSENNES 63 BEL 48 Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda
15 Denis DUPONT 20 BEL 41 Audi Sport Team Comtoyou Audi
16 Mato HOMOLA 70 SLK 38 DG Sport Competition Peugeot
17 Nathanael BERTHON 23 FRA 37 Comtoyou Racing Audi
18 Dániel NAGY HUN 36 M1RA Hyundai
19 James THOMPSON 15 GBR 36 ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda
20 Tom CORONEL 9 NDL 24 Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda
21 Fabrizio GIOVANARDI 88 ITA 19 Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo
22 Norbert NAGY 8 HUN 18 Zengo Motorsport Cupra
23 Aurélien PANIS 21 FRA 18 Comtoyou Racing Audi
24 John FILIPPI 27 FRA 14 Team OSCARO by Campos Racing Cupra
25 Petr FULIN 44 CZE 13 Fullin Race Academy Cupra
26 Kevin CECCON 31 ITA 10 Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo
27 Rene RAST 33 GER 10 Audi Sport Team WRT Audi
28 Zsolt SZABO 66 HUN 4 Zengo Motorsport Cupra