Volvo dominates WTCC Race of Germany at Nordschleife
Argentinian driver Nestor Girolami in Volvo S60 had a reverse-grid pole position for the first race of the weekend. His compatriot Esteban Guerrieri dropped to the 4th place after Mehdi Bennani and Thed Bjork overtook him. After the first lap at legendary Nordschleife, Girolami still was at the top but this time Bjork was his closest rival. Bennani and Tom Chilton were in positions 3 and 4 respectively.
Almost at the same time where he overtook Bennani, Bjork on lap 2 managed to take the lead from his teammate. At the same time, Rob Huff took the 5th position from Guerrieri while Tiago Monteiro retired from the race for the second year in the row due to a tire puncture. Just a couple of seconds later, the same happened to Girolami who also crashed into the barriers.
Bjork had a comfortable lead to Bennani and scored second win of the season while the Moroccan had to settle for the 2nd place. Rob Huff, who started from the 8th place, completed the podium after overtaking Tom Chilton very late in the race.
Norbert Michelisz, who was quite cautious in the Opening Race, started from pole position in the Main Race. Besides the Hungarian was Nick Catsburg in Volvo while Rob Huff started from P3. The championship leader Tiago Monteiro started from the pitlane in the badly damaged car while Nestor Girolami’s Volvo couldn’t be repaired so he sits out the race.
It was the pretty fierce start of the race after Catsburg took the lead from Michelisz while Huff somehow managed to keep his position after a small accident. After that, the race was relatively quiet. Before the final lap Catsburg had a solid lead to Michelisz, while Huff and Bjork battled for P3.
The Dutch driver triumphed with a 3s advantage and scored his maiden win with Volvo. Michelisz couldn’t be very happy with the 2nd position but Huff definitely enjoyed this weekend scoring a podium finish in both races. Catsburg is the new championship leader with an advantage of four points to Tiago Monteiro.
The next round of the FIA WTCC is Race of Portugal at Vila Real street circuit, on 25th of June.