RACE 2 REPORT
FIA WTCR RACE OF SLOVAKIA
Slovakia Ring, 13-15 July 2018
WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup presented by OSCARO, Rounds 16-18 of 30
TARQUINI GOES FOURTH AS NAGY SHINES WITH FIRST WTCR OSCARO PODIUM IN SLOVAKIA
*BRC Racing Team Hyundai driver tops WTCR OSCAO standings
*Nagy cheers visiting Hungarian fans with impressive second place
*Teenager Lessennes fifth behind Race 1 winner Oriola
Gabriele Tarquini secured his fourth victory of the season in Race
2 at WTCR Race of Slovakia to claim the series lead by two points in
the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup presented by OSCARO on Saturday
evening as Norbert Nagy impressed with his maiden podium.
Italian Tarquini nosed ahead after running side by side with
reverse-grid DHL Pole Position starter Nagy through the first two
corners before establishing a lead he would not lose at the Slovakia
Ring. Zengő Motorsport’s Nagy then drove brilliantly in his Cupra TCR to
hold off Yvan Muller for the duration of the race to finish in a
“It was not easy,” said Tarquini. “On the grid we had some water
leaking and the mechanics made a miracle! I thought I would have to
stop. But they said ‘don’t worry, we’ve put in an old system like you
and it will be fine!”
Tarquini and Nagy dragged away from the line at the start with
little between them and fought door-handle to door-handle without
contact before the BRC Racing Team Hyundai i30 N TCR swept ahead.
“It was not easy with Norbert,” said Tarquini. “He fought very
hard. I pushed for the first two laps and then managed the gap –
although I was not sure about that water. It’s a great win.”
Nagy was expected to lose second place to four-time World Touring
Car champion Muller, who had stormed into third from seventh on the
grid. But the YMR Hyundai could do nothing about the green Cupra and was
forced to settle for third, losing his points lead to Tarquini in the
Race 1 winner Pepe Oriola continued his strong weekend with a P4
finish this time in his Team OSCARO by Campos Racing Cupra. His
team-mate John Filippi was sixth, the two Cupras split by Boutsen Ginion
Racing’s Benjamin Lessennes, who finished an assured fifth in his Honda
Civic Type R TCR.
Norbert Michelisz, who will start Race 3 on Sunday morning from
the DHL Pole Position, rose from P10 on the grid to claim seventh,
making some great overtaking moves along the way. Frédéric Vervisch was
one of the drivers to be passed by the BRC Racing Team Hyundai, but the
Belgian clung on to P8 to finish as the first of the Audi RS 3 LMS
The ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Hondas of Esteban Guerrieri
and Yann Erhlacher chased Vervisch hard to complete the top 10.
Thed Björk rose from his disappointing P19 on the grid to finish
just out of the points in P11, ahead of Team Mulsanne’s new driver Kevin
Ceccon in his Alfa Romeo Guilietta TCR. Nathanaël Berthon was next,
ahead of DG Sport Compétition Aurélien Comte who lost ground from his
ninth place on the grid in his PEUGEOT 308TCR.
Wildcard entries Andrej Studenič, from Slovakia, and Czech Petr Fulín finished in P20 and P21 respectively.
Jean-Karl Vernay, who finished second in Race 1, failed to make it
to the flag this time in his Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team entry due
to brake issues, while Tom Coronel didn’t even manage to take the start.
The Dutchman’s Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda was pushed off the grid with
a suspension problem.
Race 3 of WTCR Race of Slovakia takes place on Sunday morning at
11h45 local time. The results remain provisional subject to an ongoing
Top 3 driver quotes
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