Norbert Michelisz took a first-rate step in opposition to claiming the 2019 WTCR – FIA World Touring Automobile Cup offered by OSCARO title by preserving his cold in combined climate instances to consume Speed 1 at WTCR Speed of Malaysia this afternoon.
The BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse transformed his DHL Pole Location trusty into a flawless victory because the climate created a stressful and unpredictable opening hurry of the Sepang mammoth-finale. He completed sooner than Comtoyou DHL Workforce CUPRA Racing’s Aurélien Panis, who began 2d on the grid and claimed his first WTCR / OSCARO podium enact.
Michelisz’s title rivals Esteban Guerrieri rose from ninth on the grid to enact fourth, whereas Yvan Muller tore by the field from P16 to sixth. The discontinue outcome leaves Michelisz 27 system sooner than Guerrieri, with Muller a further eight system support.
“Right here’s a bigger step than those before [from qualifying],” acknowledged a contented Michelisz. “It used to be now now not straight forward the least bit, the instances had been removed from supreme. There used to be stress, however I’m primarily gay with my performance and the car. I could well perhaps be conscious Aurélien had first rate slide, so I was now now not laid support and tried to manufacture a pickle early on in case I made a mistake. But it absolutely used to be the supreme hurry.”
The hurry began within the support of the safety automobile as changing climate compelled teams to gamble on tyre picks. Many, in conjunction with Michelisz, chose dry slick Yokohama tyres on the entrance and wet-climate treaded Yokohama tyres on the rears. After one lap within the support of the safety automobile, the action used to be unleashed with Michelisz and Panis making stable getaways to chase from the pack.
Michelisz’s personnel-mate and 2018 title winner Gabriele Tarquini rose from seventh on the grid to enact third, boosting the BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse’s personnel title hopes, with Guerrieri within the support of him in fourth for ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport.
Experienced wildcard João Paulo de Oliveira drove brilliantly in his KC Motorgroup Honda to present protection to fellow Civic Kind R TCR driver Guerrieri, coming from P13 on the grid to enact fifth, retaining off Muller’s Cyan Racing Lynk & Co because the Frenchman worked to support his title possibilities. But Muller couldn’t win a mode past de Oliveira to subject Guerrieri.
PWR Racing’s Daniel Haglöf completed seventh, sooner than SLR Volkswagen’s Johan Kristoffersson and BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Racing’s Workforce Nicky Catsburg, who overcame a 5-space grid penalty to ranking a stable system enact.
Leopard Racing Workforce Audi Sport’s Jean-Karl Vernay completed the discontinue 10. The choice system scorers had been Andy Priaux in P11, Mehdi Bennani, Attila Tassi, Yann Ehrlacher and Gordon Shedden.
Thed Björk completed down in P27 after playing on a mid-hurry switch to slick dry tyres and the Lynk & Co driver is now out of the title hunt with two races at Sepang left to chase.