WTCR Race of Macau 2021 - 19-21/11/2021
In 100 words… 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 races have been run in this Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China for more than half a century, with the famous Guia Race first held 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.
WTCR RACE OF MACAU 2019: THE WEEKEND’S BIG WINNERS
DHL Pole Position Race 1: Yvan Muller (FRA) Lynk & Co 03 TCR
DHL Pole Position Race 2: Yann Ehrlacher (FRA) Lynk & Co 03 TCR
DHL Pole Position Race 3: Rob Huff (GBR) Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR
Race 1 winner: Yvan Muller (FRA) Lynk & Co 03 TCR
Race 1 fastest lap: Frédéric Vervisch (BEL) Audi RS 3 LMS
Race 2 winner: Yvan Muller (FRA) Lynk & Co 03 TCR
Race 2 fastest lap: Nicky Catsburg (NLD) Hyundai i30 N 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
RACE REPORT: MULLER, PRIAULX WIN FOR LYNK & CO IN MACAU AS MALAYSIA AND SEPANG REV UP FOR WTCR TITLE SHOWDOWN
*Michelisz battles on to lead four-way fight for world crown on the #RoadToMalaysia
*Guerrieri, Muller and Björk firmly in title contention within 19 points heading to Sepang
*Björk, Ceccon join Muller on Race 2 podium as Priaulx scores Race 3 victory
*King of Macau Huff settles for second in Race 3, Vernay completes top three
Andy Priaulx scored a first WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup 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.
RACE WINNER QUOTES
Race 1: Yvan Muller (Cyan Racing Lynk & Co), Lynk & Co 03 TCR
“Anything can happen at Macau and the most important thing is to qualify well, then do a good start and a good first lap. Then you have to manage to go fast but not do any mistake, especially with someone like Norbi on your back, which is fast and safe. I just kept the gap of what I needed to be the leader without taking too much risk, because on this track even when you don’t take the risk you can crash. There is always pressure. Even when you are on your own there is pressure at Macau, but especially when you have a fast boy like Norbi! Again, there is two races in one race. One, you have to push hard and not make any mistakes, and then you have to keep the car behind you behind you.”
Race 2: Yvan Muller (Cyan Racing Lynk & Co), Lynk & Co 03 TCR
“That was a fantastic start. I knew if I wanted to have the opportunity to win, I had to pass the Alfa and the Honda, and then I knew it was my team-mates in front and the place would be clear, so I was very focused on that. But sometimes you make a fantastic start, sometimes you don’t and you don’t know really why, but this one was a good one. We knew of course straight away, because they were starting one and two with Thed, that if that was the case at the first corner Yann would let Thed past and if I was joining them, I would pass both of them. And it happened and thanks very much to Thed and Yann because that victory could have been them.”
Race 3: Andy Priaulx (Cyan Performance Lynk & Co), Lynk & Co 03 TCR
“I’m really pleased to get that one out of the way. I had Rob behind me all the way and that guy is pretty special around here, so I was working hard the whole race. But I’m delighted to win my first race of the year. I had a big disappointment in Ningbo, led for nearly the whole race and lost in the last two laps, but anyway… Thanks to everybody and to the team for supporting me. It’s nice to get it. It’s a tough championship and I’m really happy to have managed to win a race. There’s always a concern [about team orders], but I’m just very proud that the team supported me. Christian [Dahl] is a racer and he wants to be number one. That’s what he wants most of all. To be leading here was special, with Rob pushing me all the way and JK just behind, so I had to push like hell and I didn’t think of anything else. I still have my Buddha with me in my wash bag from 2005. I can’t wear it any more for the races because you are not allowed to wear necklaces or anything, but today I have two lucky charms: I have the Buddha with me and it’s my daughter’s 16th birthday. Every year I miss her birthday. She was born when I was racing in Macau, she came a month early and today’s her 16th birthday, so that was a special win for her.”
Race 1: Yvan Muller (FRA) Lynk & Co 03 TCR
Race 2: Yvan Muller (SWE) Lynk & Co 03 TCR
Race 3: Andy Priaulx (GBR) Lynk & Co 03 TCR
Race 1: Jean-Karl Vernay (FRA) Audi RS 3 LMS
Race 2: Frédéric Vervisch (BEL) Audi RS 3 LMS
Race 3: Esteban Guerrieri (ARG) Honda Civic Type R TCR
ESSENTIALSName: Circuito da Guia
Location: Av da Amizade, Macau
Length: 6.120 kilometres
Race 1 distance: 8 laps (48.960 kilometres)
Race 2 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)