Attila Tassi weathered treacherous conditions at the Nürburgring Nordschleife to land his second WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup podium in as many race weekends.
The ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport driver started the race in third, and drove a strong opening lap to maintain that position – putting up a stout and defence of the place even against the superior straightline speed of a rival on the long Döttinger Höhe straight towards the end of the lap.
Attila ceded the position on lap two, but kept up his pace for the remainder of the race and was elevated to third when a penalty was applied to ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport’s Nestor Girolami.
For Attila, third place matched his best result in the WTCR to date – achieved two weeks ago at the Zolder season opener – and was just reward for a strong performance all weekend, despite his Honda Civic Type R TCR being taken out of sixth place on the final lap of Friday’s race one.
Just as Attila had done, Nestor drove an exemplary first lap, converting his pole position into a lead at the first corner and heading the field for the majority of the first tour before being overtaken on the Döttinger Höhe.
The Argentinian was overtaken by another car before the finish, but held Attila off on the final lap before his 30-second penalty, for a breach of the start procedure, dropped him to 11th in the race order.
‘Bebu’ nevertheless remains second in the standings.
Race-one winner Esteban Guerrieri made a strong getaway from seventh, making up one position on the Grand Prix loop and another when a car ahead of him went off to hold an early fifth.
Despite a small off of his own later on during the first lap, Esteban was on course to hold position until the end of the race, but was overtaken on the Döttinger Höhe in sight of the finish.
Tiago Monteiro backed up his first points of the season in Friday’s opening race with a ninth-place finish in race two.
Arguably the stronger of his two drives, Tiago made a phenomenal start by driving around the outside of one car exiting the first corner, and on lap two made a similarly impressive move on the Nordschleife to move into the top 10.
Though he ran out of time to make another overtake, the Portuguese still ended up with a second top-10 finish of the weekend – and pleased with the performance of his ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport Civic Type R TCR.
Both Münnich Motorsport teams now have a two-week break before the third round of the WTCR season at the Slovakiaring, which will mark the halfway point of this year’s six-round campaign.