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WTCR – Kristoffersson takes victory in dramatic finale as Michelisz claims title

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Johan Kristoffersson pulled off an improbable earn from P22 on the grid in Shuffle 3 at WTCR Shuffle of Malaysia as Norbert Michelisz clinched the 2019 WTCR – FIA World Touring Automobile Cup by OSCARO title for the length of an absorbing Sepang mountainous-finale.

SLR Volkswagen driver Kristoffersson prevailed after a jaw-losing four-methodology wrestle for the earn, which at remaining price Esteban Guerrieri his shot on the WTCR / OSCARO title. Over the outlet laps, the destiny of the title swung between Guerrieri and Michelisz nearly by the corner, appropriate for the ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda to lose energy with a suspected blocked radiator after contact with Azcona forced a time out across the grass.

From the beginning attach, the 2 title protagonists were locked in a duel as they started from the front row of the grid. Michelisz, starting from the DHL Pole Field, appropriate lost out at Flip 1 as Guerrieri swept across the originate air line, pulling PWR Racing’s Mikel Azcona with him into 2d because the night time drama performed out on a wet display screen beneath floodlights.

The trio were rapidly joined by the outstanding Kristoffersson who reputedly got right here from nowhere to present it a four-methodology wrestle and demote Michelisz one other predicament, appropriate for the protection automobile to be called upon on lap two as Augusto Farfus beached his Hyundai within the gravel.

Racing resumed on lap 5 because the head four positioned on an unforgettable spectacle. Essentially the most important moment used to be a duel between Guerrieri and Azcona, who tapped the Argentinian. The contact forced the Honda to snappy prefer to the grass – then Guerrieri reported he used to be “losing energy”. Heartbreakingly, he dropped down the affirm, easiest to residing the quickest lap of the proceed once the blockage had cleared. He performed in P22.

Guerrieri’s loss supposed Michelisz used to be bring collectively to whisper his WTCR / OSCARO crown and he dropped to fifth. Sooner than him Kristoffersson and Azcona were joined by the Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR of Crew Mulsanne’s Kevin Ceccon for a brand unique three-methodology wrestle.

Following one other quick safety automobile interruption, the trio scrapped corner by corner till Kristoffersson took a decisive lead from Azcona with an impressed originate air pass on the remaining corner on lap 11. Azcona chased him the entire methodology to the chequered flag on lap 14, with Ceccon ending the rostrum earlier than Comtoyou Crew Audi Sport’s Frédéric Vervisch and a relieved Michelisz.

His BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse team-mate and 2018 title winner Gabriele Tarquini performed sixth, earlier than Guerrieri’s team-mate Néstor Girolami, KCMG’s Tiago Monteiro and Cyan Racing Lynk & Co’s Thed Björk. SLR Volkswagen’s Benjamin Leuchter performed the head 10. Desire Huff, Jean-Karl Vernay, Yvan Muller, Andy Priaulx and Daniel Haglöf were next with Malaysian MotoGP superstar Hafizh Syahrin P16 on his first worldwide automobile proceed.