WTCR Race of Hungary 2019

WTCR Race of Hungary 2019 - 26-28/04/2019

THE CHALLENGE
Located less than 20 kilometres northeast of Budapest, the Hungaroring is famed for hosting the first Formula One grand prix behind the old Iron Curtain in 1986. Ever-present on the F1 calendar since, the Hungaroring has also become a popular venue for world touring car racing, particularly since the emergence of Norbert Michelisz as a local hero and especially following his pole-to-flag victory in 2015. Resurfaced for 2016 with re-profiled kerbing to boot, the track blends tight turns and fast sweeps while its valley location makes for an initial descent before a climb back up to the high-speed Turn 4.

RACE RECAP 2018

Weekend in short
*Tarquini maintains title advantage with Race 3 win ahead of home hero Michelisz
*Cool Huff heads local wildcard Nagy in Race 2 thriller
*Race 1 winner Ehrlacher is youngest so far in WTCR aged 22
*Four customer racing brands have now triumphed in WTCR

Weekend report: Gabriele Tarquini made it three WTCR OSCARO wins from six starts but only after Yann Ehrlacher and Rob Huff had registered their first victories of the season at the Hungaroring (28-29 April). Ehrlacher, the nephew of four-time World Touring Car champion Yvan Muller, profited from some early-race skirmishes to climb from fifth to first in the space of two corners and win Race 1 for the ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport with Esteban Guerrieri making it a 1-2 for the German squad as Norbert Michelisz completed his home podium in third. After being unable to convert his pole into victory in Race 1, Michelisz had another shot in Race 3, only to make a sluggish getaway in comparison to Tarquini’s lightening start. Despite being a constant threat, Michelisz was never able to mount a challenge for victory, much to the disappointment of the thousands of home fans. Yvan Muller took third, emulating his Race 2 achievement when he followed home winner Rob Huff and Hungarian wildcard Dániel Nagy. Audi driver Jean-Karl Vernay was a point-scorer in all three races but was frustrated not to be closer to the leading pace. Thed Björk also struggled for form in his Yvan Muller Racing-run Hyundai.

Winning quote: “I knew that [my uncle Yvan Muller] was the [holder of the] record of poles and also victories at the Hungaroring,” said Ehrlacher. “It feels great already to be on the same grid and even on this list for the winning driver in Hungary. Big congratulations to the other guys, Esteban and Norbi, but I’m happy to share this with Yvan.”

Results reminder
DHL Pole Position Race 1: Norbert Michelisz (HUN) Hyundai i30 N TCR
Race 1 winner: Yann Ehrlacher (FRA) Honda Civic Type R TCR
Race 1 fastest lap: Esteban Guerrieri (ARG) Honda Civic Type R TCR
DHL Pole Position Race 2: Rob Huff (GBR) Volkswagen Polo GTI TCR
Race 2 winner: Rob Huff (GBR) Volkswagen Polo GTI TCR
Race 2 fastest lap: Dániel Nagy (HUN) Hyundai i30 N TCR
DHL Pole Position Race 3: Norbert Michelisz (HUN) Hyundai i30 N TCR
Race 3 winner: Gabriele Tarquini (ITA) Hyundai i30 N TCR
Race 3 fastest lap: Yann Ehrlacher (FRA) Honda Civic Type R TCR
TAG Heuer Best Lap Trophy: Yann Ehrlacher (FRA) Honda Civic Type R TCR
TAG Heuer Most Valuable Driver: Gabriele Tarquini (ITA) Hyundai i30 N TCR

Track essentials
Name: Hungaroring
Location: 2146 Mogyoród, Versenypálya 0222/2/3/6, Hungary
Length: 4.381 kilometres
Race 1 distance: 12 laps (52.572 kilometres)
Race 2 distance: 12 laps (52.572 kilometres)
Race 3 distance: 15 laps (65.715 kilometres)
Best laps
WTCR lap record (qualifying): Norbert Michelisz (Hyunda i30 N TCR), 1m52.176s (140.5kph), 29/04/18
TCR car lap record (qualifying): Norbert Michelisz (Hyunda i30 N TCR), 1m52.176s (140.5kph), 29/04/18
WTCR lap record (race): Yann Ehrlacher (Honda Civic Type R TCR), 1m54.129s (138.1kph), 29/04/18
TCR car lap record (race): Yann Ehrlacher (Honda Civic Type R TCR), 1m54.129s (138.1kph), 29/04/18
More details
Time zone: GMT +2 hours
Fly to: Budapest Airport (42 kilometres)
Stay: Budapest
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