WTCR Race of Macau 2019 - 14-17/11/2019
Macau’s 6.120-kilometre Circuito da Guia blends twisty turns and narrow blasts with long, wide-open straights and sweeping corners – plus gradient changes – to create one of the most challenging and spectacular street circuits on the planet. Touring car racing has been held in this Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China for more than half a century, with the famous Guia Race first run in 1972. Having welcomed back the WTCC in 2017 when Rob Huff bagged a record ninth win, Macau hosted the thrilling seven-way inaugural WTCR season showdown in November 2018 when Gabriele Tarquini took the title.
RACE RECAP 2019
Andy Priaulx scored a first WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup presented by OSCARO victory on the streets of Macau to complete a dream weekend for Chinese brand Lynk & Co, which powered all three race winners.
Yvan Muller bagged two wins for Cyan Racing to set up a thrilling title decider at the season super-finale, which takes place at the Sepang International Circuit next month where he’ll battle Norbert Michelisz, Esteban Guerrieri and Thed Björk for world touring car racing’s biggest prize.
Michelisz (BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse) leaves Macau on the #RoadToMalaysia with a slender nine-point advantage over ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda driver Guerrieri after both made it through a tough weekend.
Hungarian Michelisz finished second in Race 1 before battling to P10 and P12 in the two Sunday races – a crash in Second Qualifying Q1 hitting his hopes of a bigger score. Guerrieri, meanwhile, was a Race 1 DNF but took fourth in Race 2 and P10 in Race 3. He was set to start Race 2 on the DHL pole only to be hit with a grid penalty and drop to fourth in the order.
There were no such problems for Muller (Cyan Racing Lynk & Co), who converted his First Qualifying DHL pole into a Race 1 victory, which he followed up with a charging drive from fifth to first in Race 2. Sixth in Race 3 puts him two points behind Guerrieri and 11 behind Michelisz.
Kevin Ceccon (Team Mulsanne) hit back from his WTCR JVCKENWOOD Race of Japan podium disappointment to twice finish in the top three aboard an Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR.
Rob Huff was fourth in Race 1 but his pursuit of a record-extending 10th Macau Guia Race win were dashed when he was unable to turn the Race 3 DHL qualifying top spot into a victory for SLR VW Motorsport. He finished second with Jean-Karl Vernay taking third for Leopard Racing Team Audi Sport. Johan Kristoffersson, the double FIA World Rallycross champion, was the best Macau rookie with fifth in Race 2 and fourth in Race 3 for SLR Volkswagen.
Nicky Catsburg (BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Racing Team) picked up the TAG Heuer Best Lap Trophy for his Race 2 charge, while Billy Lo was the best of the wildcard racers, the Macanese driver a weekend high of P23 in Race 1.
Tom Coronel was twice in the top 15 for Comtoyou DHL Team CUPRA Racing as Luca Engstler scored his first WTCR / OSCARO points in Race 3, having been called up to deputise for Augusto Farfus at BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Racing Team.
DHL Pole Position Race 1: Yvan Muller (FRA) Lynk & Co 03 TCR
Race 1 winner: Yvan Muller (FRA) Lynk & Co 03 TCR
Race 1 fastest lap: Frédéric Vervisch (BEL) Audi RS 3 LMS
DHL Pole Position Race 2: Yann Ehrlacher (FRA) Lynk & Co 03 TCR
Race 2 winner: Yvan Muller (FRA) Lynk & Co 03 TCR
Race 2 fastest lap: Nicky Catsburg (NLD) Hyundai i30 N TCR
DHL Pole Position Race 3: Rob Huff (GBR) Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR
Race 3 winner: Andy Priaulx (GBR) Lynk & Co 03 TCR
Race 3 fastest lap: Andy Priaulx (GBR) Lynk & Co 03 TCR
TAG Heuer Best Lap Trophy: Nicky Catsburg (NLD) Hyundai i30 N TCR
TAG Heuer Most Valuable Driver: Yvan Muller (FRA) Lynk & Co 03 TCR
Track essentialsName: Circuito da Guia
Location: Av da Amizade, Macau
Length: 6.120 kilometres
Race 1 distance: 8 laps (48.960 kilometres)
Race 2 distance: 8 laps (48.960 kilometres)
Race 3 distance: 11 laps (67.320 kilometres)
Best lapsWTCR lap record (qualifying): Rob Huff (Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR), 2m29.040s (147.80kph), 15/11/18
WTCR lap record (race): Rob Huff (Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR), 2m31.038s (145.80kph), 17/11/18
More detailsTime zone: GMT +8 hours
Fly to: Hong Kong International Airport (40.4 kilometres)