Esteban Guerrieri grew to turn out to be the screw on his wrestle with Norbert Michelisz for the 2019 WTCR – FIA World Touring Vehicle Cup provided by OSCARO title by winning a dramatic red flag-interrupted reverse-grid Slide 2 at WTCR Slide of Malaysia.
The ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport driver closed to within 10 parts of WTCR / OSCARO parts leader Michelisz with ethical Slide 3 to map again at the Sepang tidy-finale, after rising from ninth on the grid, in a tear tear in heavy rain that ended beneath the floodlights as darkness fell. Slide 1 winner Michelisz could perchance maybe perchance most attention-grabbing halt eighth.
“Unbelievable,” stated Guerrieri. “I in fact gave all of it. I visualised what would occur within the first lap and it took space. This became the tear of my lifestyles. The automobile became awesome and thanks to my crew. We are moderately closer and we’re restful within the fight.”
From the launch, ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport’s Néstor Girolami took the lead from DHL Pole Region man Ma Qinghua at Turn 1, but his crew-mate Guerrieri became rapidly on the transfer from ninth – and by the quit of the first lap, sensationally he became already within the lead.
However drama within the again of him compelled a red flag tear suspension. Heavy rain led to a different of drivers working off the monitor, alongside with WTCR / OSCARO parts leader Michelisz. The protection car had ethical been known as upon when Nicky Catsburg’s BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Racing Team Hyundai, which had skidded off after contact with Yvan Muller, caught fire after returning to the circuit. Catsburg escaped without damage.
Muller became angry about the contact with Catsburg. “He came from nowhere and I became his aim,” stated the Frenchman. “There ought to be a resounding penalty, but there it will seemingly be nothing.”
Catsburg held his fingers up for the incident. “I became on slicks, he became on plump wets I think,” stated the Dutchman. “I locked the tyres, I couldn’t quit and I T-boned Yvan. It became entirely my mistake and I didn’t attain it intentionally. However I realize his frustration.”
The tear became restarted with the drivers taking on the positions they held from sector two on that first lap. Incredibly, Catsburg’s mechanics enthralling his car to restart despite the fire, but he became now not allowed to steal his space on the grid because he had obtained mechanical support beneath red flag stipulations.
The new yell at the launch left Girolami and Guerrieri on the entrance row, with Muller in fifth on the grid, with fellow WTCR / OSCARO title contender Michelisz – who had dropped down the yell from the first launch – most attention-grabbing in P17, even supposing issues for those ahead promoted him to P13 beneath the protection car restart. By this time the rain had now space in and darkness had fallen.
From the restart, Girolami inevitably allowed Guerrieri by to steer and he didn’t glimpse again, building a delighted gap to inform his compulsory victory.
However there became hundreds of action within the again of him as PWR Racing’s Mikel Azcona and SLR Volkswagen’s Johan Kristoffersson battled arduous and overcame Girolami to affix Guerrieri on the podium, Kristoffersson having started P22 on the grid.
Team Mulsanne’s Kevin Ceccon done fifth in his Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR, earlier than Muller who’s now out of title competition earlier than the closing tear.
His nephew Yann Ehrlacher became seventh, with Michelisz affirm material to steal compulsory parts in eighth – having at the origin started in P10. Select Huff became next, with SLR Volkswagen’s Benjamin Leuchter ending the quit 10.