WTCC wins at Hungaroring for Monteiro and Bennani
Tiago Monteiro (Honda) and Mehdi Bennani (Citroen) are the winners of the third round of the 2017 FIA World Touring Championship which took place at Hungaroring. For Monteiro, it was his 11th WTCC win. Bennani’s triumph is his 4th WTCC win in a career.
11th WTCC win for Tiago Monteiro
In the opening race, Tiago Monteiro became the first repeat winner of the season, holding off Tom Chilton (Sebastien Loeb Racing) behind in the 12-lap race. Monteiro had started from second in the reversed grid, inherited the lead at the start when polesitter John Filippi’s Citroen stalled. Tom Chilton started from the second row and jumped to P2 at the start, remaining there until the end.
Thed Bjork (Volvo) and Norbert Michelisz (Honda) were behind the leaders but they both retired due to a damage on their cars, as a result of an opening-lap contact. Nestor Girolami (Volvo) was in the third place until the penultimate lap, when Rob Huff made a move and awarded himself with a podium finishing after starting from ninth.
Fourth WTCC triumph for Mehdi Bennani
In the second race, polesitter Rob Huff had a slow start, being overtaken by Mehdi Bennani and two Volvos of Nick Catsburg and Nestor Girolami. After that, in turn 2, Huff ruined his race completely, hitting Catsburg from behind and pushing him into teammate Girolami. It was the end of the race for the Argentinean while Huff was penalized with drive-through penalty and he dropped to back of the field. Huff fought back to 10th place.
Mehdi Bennani stayed in the lead, unchallenged by anybody, to socred his first win of the season. He was followed by Nick Catsburg in the second place and Tom Chilton, who scored his second podium of the weekend. Two Honda drivers Norbert Michelisz and Tiago Monteiro finished fourth and fifth. With those points, Monteiro extends his lead in the championship standings.