Attila Tassi produced two storming drives in the wet to end the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup season with a pair of top-10 finishes at Sochi.
The Hungarian lined up 13th on the grid for Race One and, despite a middling start, charged through the order in the second half of the race to claim seventh place.
Delighted with the performance of his ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport Civic Type R TCR, Attila was on form again in Race Two. Despite contact at the start undoing the ground he had gained with an excellent launch, the 22-year-old still ended the first lap seventh, up five places from his grid position.
He gained two more places when the two leaders made contact on a restart after a Safety Car period and, having briefly run in the podium positions, ended up in fourth.
Nestor Girolami led the middle part of Race Two in the sister ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Civic Type R TCR, but having to defend from cars with superior straightline speed and no compensation weight in particular meant his tyres began to go off in the second half of the race and he ended up seventh.
‘Bebu’, who got the maximum out of his package over a single lap on Saturday to qualify third, earlier recovered to his grid position of 11th in Race One having slipped back at the start.
With Tiago Monteiro already ruled out with a bacterial chest infection, Attila and Nestor were the only two Civic Type R TCR drivers to contest Race Two, with Esteban Guerrieri unable to take part after a heavy crash in Race One.
Esteban, who was still mathematically in the WTCR title race at the start of the day, made a strong start from fifth on the grid to run fourth through the opening two corners.
As he looked to challenge the car ahead for third place, the Argentinian had the door closed on him while on the outside of the track and, having run over the slippery, painted asphalt on the outside of the corner, his car was pitched off into the barriers towards the end of the fast Turn 3 left-hander.
He was unhurt and able to walk away from the car, but the impact signalled the end of both his title hopes and his raceday, with the damage from the crash not repairable in time for Race Two.
Esteban ended the season as the best-placed Honda Racing driver in sixth in the Championship, with ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport fourth in the Teams’ standings.