Michelisz wanted first 2019 WTCR win to be on the Nordschleife
Norbert Michelisz had hoped his first win of the 2019 WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup presented by OSCARO season would come at the fearsome Nürburgring Nordschleife, depite a 13-race wait to take the top step of the podium.
Michelisz, who won Race 1 of WTCR Race of Germany aboard his BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse-prepared i30 N TCR, had already scored four podiums this year, falling agonisingly short of victory in Race 3 at WTCR Race of Hungary 2019 where he finished second, having starting from DHL Pole Position.
But having missed out on a home win, he set his sights on the top step at the Nordschleife instead, its unique character making it a must-win trophy for all the #WTCR2019SUPERGRID drivers.
“I’m absolutely delighted with my first win this year. I was a couple of times close to achieving that,” said Michelisz.
“In the end, if I can have a choice, it would be the Nürburgring that I would like to score the first win, so [I am] incredibly happy.”
Unlike at Hungary, where Esteban Guerrieri beat him to the first corner from second on the grid, the roles were reversed, with Michelsiz zipping past DHL pole-sitter Guerrieri this time around.
“It was all down to the start. I saw that Esteban had some wheelspin, I don’t know what happened to him, but on the first momentum I was able to get beside him and then the race was settled after that.”