WTCR at Hungaroring: Wins for Ehrlacher, Huff, Tarquini
The second round of the 2018 WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup took place at Hungaroring. The race winners in three races were Yann Ehrlacher (ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport, Honda Civic), Rob Huff (Sebastien Loeb Racing, Volkswagen Golf) and Gabriele Tarquini (BRC Racing Team, Hyundai i30).
The 22-year-old Yann Ehrlacher scored a sensational victory in Saturday’s Race 1 after starting fifth on the grid. He progressed from P5 to P1 in just two corners, taking an advantage of a clash in front of him. Two front-row starters Norbert Michelisz (BRC Hyundai) and Esteban Guerrieri (Münnich Motorsport Honda) finished third and second respectively.
The pole-sitter Michelisz dropped to P4 during the opening lap, behind Yvan Muller in a Hyundai i30. Michelisz made a move worth of podium on the penultimate lap. Muller was fourth ahead of Rob Huff.
In the reverse-grid Race 2, Rob Huff converted his pole position into his first WTCR victory. Daniel Nagy, the local wildcard entry in M1RA Hyundai, started second on the grid and retained that position until the end of the race.
Yvan Muller, who started fifth in his YMR Hyundai, completed the podium ahead of another Hyundai veteran Gabriele Tarquini. Esteban Guerrieri in a Honda Civic completed the top 5.
In the third race of the WTCR weekend, Gabriele Tarquini scored his third win of the season by beating teammate Norbert Michelisz whi started from pole again. Behind two BRC Hyundais, Yvan Muller finished third in his YMR Hyundai.
On Lap 3 the safety car came out as marshals worked to clear Aurelien Panis’ Audi. Once the Audi had been removed, racing resumed on Lap 5 but when the rain begun on Lap 6 the race was red flagged. The rain quickly abated and after a brief pause the race restarted behind the safety car in dry conditions. The leading positions remained the same.