House hero Tiago Monteiro misplaced what looked love a definite victory in Speed 2 at WTCR Speed of Portugal attributable to a free bonnet, as team-mate Attila Tassi picked up the lead to rating a dramatic first WTCR – FIA World Touring Automobile Cup salvage at Circuito manufacture Estoril.
Tassi’s triumph makes the 22-365 days-veteran Hungarian ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport Honda driver the youngest winner in WTCR historic previous.
The drama began from the starting up as Esteban Guerrieri failed to receive away from pole pickle and dropped down the describe, as Monteiro beside him stormed into the lead. However as in Speed 1, the Honda Civic Form R TCR Restricted Edition safety car changed into quickly called upon after Mikel Azcona made contact with Tom Coronel, the Comtoyou DHL Crew Audi Sport Audi RS 3 LMS taking a tough hit proper into a barrier. Azcona changed into given a drive by penalty for causing a collision, but retired with injury.
Racing resumed on lap three as Monteiro began to build a lead – till the moral-hand aspect of his bonnet came free and he changed into compelled to pit.
That left Tassi battling off a trio of Hyundais as Jean-Karl Vernay, Norbert Michelisz and Gabriele Tarquini chased the younger gun tough over the final 5 laps.
“It changed into a mega creep,” mentioned Tassi. “First of all I’m if truth be told sorry for Esteban and even extra for Tiago. However it absolutely’s déjà vu. Two years ago at Vila Right it changed into the identical, however the assorted capability round. That is my first salvage in WTCR and I’m very happy, but it must were two years ago. However what occurs comes round in the prolonged gallop.”
Vernay’s 2nd place capability he’s once extra the Goodyear #FollowTheLeader, having misplaced the location to Monteiro after failing to pause in Speed 1. “I wasn’t thinking about the championship, it changed into a first fee creep,” mentioned the Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Crew driver. “When Esteban didn’t receive away Attila changed into ready to overtake me. Sorry for Tiago, he changed into a solid chief. However after Speed 1, which changed into wretched let’s say, it’s high quality. I’m happy.”
Within the again of the trio of Hyundais Santiago Urrutia claimed fifth place in his Cyan Performance Lynk & Co 03 TCR earlier than Speed 1 winner Yann Ehrlacher and Thed Björk. Guerrieri blamed a distraction induced by his anti-crawl for his wretched delivery, however the Argentine recovered neatly to pause eighth. He beat Yvan Muller’s Lynk & Co and Opt Huff’s Zengő Motorsport CUPRA Leon Competición after an tantalizing scrap.
Frédéric Vervisch done P11 in his Comtoyou Crew Audi Sport entry earlier than Nathanaël Berthon. Néstor Girolami, who had been as a result of starting up third on the grid, climbed from the again to pause in P13, his ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport team having been compelled to ruin parc fermé guidelines after Speed 1 to restore injury to the entrance discontinuance of his car.
Gilles Magnus done P14 because the live FIA WTCR Junior Driver Title after Luca Engstler changed into compelled to retire because his moral-entrance Goodyear tyre changed into rubbing against the Hyundai’s bodywork following contact. Jordi Gené scored the final point in P15 for Zengő Motorsport Drivers’ Academy.