BRC Racing Team leads another weekend in WTCR
Tarquini and Michelisz dominate in Hungary
BRC Racing Team's magic moment continues in the new season of the FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR). After dominating in the opening round in Marrakech, the team was also a key player at the Hungaroring for the WTCR Race of Hungary, where the Hyundai i30 N TCR proved its strength once again.
Gabriele Tarquini strengthened his lead in the points’ rankings, thanks to excellent results in the first two challenges and his victory in Race 3.
It was also a joyful weekend for Norbert Michelisz who, at his home race in front of an enthusiastic audience, led the qualifying sessions on both Saturday and Sunday. In the races he was able to score a third place in Race 1 and a second place in the third and final challenge. The Hungarian driver comes out stronger from the Hungaroring round. Thanks to his strong results in all three races, as well as the five points for Sunday’s pole position, he rose up the championship standings to end the weekend in fourth place. Moreover, his successful weekend helped BRC Racing Team increase their lead in the teams' championship with 200 points after only two of the season’s ten weekends..
The position at the top of the FIA WTCR rankings was reinforced by a dominant maiden 1-2 finish in Race 3, the team’s first in international racing.
Norbert Michelisz comments: "Racing in front of thousands of fans was simply amazing. I'm very happy because I stepped on the podium twice and won two pole positions. This will undoubtedly be a weekend to remember. I’m only sorry I didn’t win for all my fans, but in the last race Gabriele made an excellent start. I tried to get close to him and to exploit a few chances, but he was very fast and I had to settle for the second place."
Gabriele Tarquini adds: "I think the key to my success in Race 3 was the start. Norbi was very fast, but overtaking is extremely difficult on this track. Though Norbi didn't win he had a fantastic weekend, where he scored two pole positions. His speed over the weekend is a very good sign for the team for the races to come, and we showed how strong we were with the 1-2 finish."
The chronicle tells of three very different races, as always. In Race 1 everything depended on the first moments, where Michelisz and Tarquini found themselves shuffled back down the order in the opening corners to end the first lap in fourth and sixth place respectively. Norbi, after an exhausting race-long battle, climbed up to the third position to win a deserved podium in front of his audience.
In Race 2, due to the starting grid inversion based on the qualifying results, Michelisz started from the tenth position and Tarquini from eighth. After a good start, both BRC Racing Team drivers made an excellent race, driving up the order to take the chequered flag in fourth and sixth places overall, Tarquini leading his teammate.
Despite a sudden downpour and the entry of the safety car, Gabriele Tarquini was the star of Race 3, where the Italian driver notched up his third win of the season, after leaping into the lead off the line ahead of Michelisz. Norbi kept the pressure on "Cinghio" throughout the race, with their two i30 N TCR crossing the line nose-to-tail to claim BRC Racing Team’s maiden 1-2 finish in WTCR competition.
WTCR will be back from May 10th to 12th, with the German round of the championship that will take place on the legendary Nürburgring track.
Cherasco, April 30th 2018
Race 1 WTCR 2018 Hungary – Hungaroring – 12 laps
1 – Yann Ehrlacher - ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport 23:08.602
2 – Esteban Guerrieri - ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport + 0.692
3 – Norbert Michelisz - BRC Racing Team + 5.942
4 – Yvan Muller - MRacing - YMR +7.290
5 – Robert Huff - Sébastien Loeb Racing + 9.117
6 – Gabriele Tarquini - BRC Racing Team + 9.856
7 – Daniel Nagy - M1RA + 11.096
8 – Jean-Karl Vernay - Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team + 15.403
9 – Thed Björk - MRacing - YMR + 16.202
10 – Benjamin Lessennes - Boutsen Ginion Racing + 16.901
Race 2 WTCR 2018 Hungary – Hungaroring – 12 laps
1 – Robert Huff - Sébastien Loeb Racing 23:11.390
2 – Daniel Nagy - M1RA + 0.562
3 – Yvan Muller - MRacing - YMR +2.200
4 – Gabriele Tarquini - BRC Racing Team + 2.659
5 – Esteban Guerrieri - ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport + 3.050
6 – Norbert Michelisz - BRC Racing Team + 4.252
7 – Mehdi Bennani - Sebastien Loeb Racing + 8.529
8 – Benjamin Lessennes - Boutsen Ginion Racing + 13.453
9 – Zsolt David Szabo - Zengo Motorsport + 19.460
10 – Jean-Karl Vernay - Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team + 19.896
Race 3 WTCR 2018 Hungary – Hungaroring – 17 laps
1 – Gabriele Tarquini - BRC Racing Team 46:49.549
2 – Norbert Michelisz - BRC Racing Team + 0.354
3 – Yvan Muller – MRacing - YMR +3.691
4 – Yann Ehrlacher - ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport +4.092