WTCC FIA Norbert and Honda Enjoy Weekend Win

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Published on May 7th, 2015 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez

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WTCC FIA Norbert and Honda Enjoy Weekend Win

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Zengo Motorsport’s Norbert Michelisz scored a popular home victory in the second World Touring Car Championship race in Hungary ahead of the ROAL Motorsport pairing of Tom Coronel and Tom Chilton.

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Michelisz dominated proceedings having started on pole and romped to a fourth WTCC win – which was also the first non-Citroën victory of the season – 7.103s ahead of Coronel at the flag, with Chilton a further two seconds down on his team-mate.

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The Hungarian held his advantage off the line at the start of the race to lead into Turn 1, with Coronel passing Chilton on the run into the corner.

Things weren’t quite as clean further back in the pack, however, as a moment from Sébastien Loeb forced his Citroën team-mate Ma Qing Hua to take evasive action, who tapped the rear of Rob Huff’s LADA Vesta on the exit of the corner, pitching the Briton sideways and breaking his rear suspension.

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Michelisz quickly established a lead at the front of the field, with his advantage up to 3.6s at the end of the fourth lap, as a train grew behind second-placed Coronel, with Chilton heading the Honda of Tiago Monteiro and the Citroën trio of Loeb, race one victor José María López and Yvan Muller.

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Coronel was eventually able to pull clear of his team-mate, but had to settle for second with Michelisz well up the road, the Hungarian securing a second home win in the championship to the delight of a noisy crowd. Chilton was forced to stay alert in third until the end of the race, but was still relatively comfortable at the flag ahead of Monteiro, Loeb, López and Muller.

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Race result

POSNOCLDRIVERNATENTRANTCARLAPSTIME/GAPBESTGD
15YNorbert MICHELISZZengő MotorsportHonda Civic WTCC1414 LAPS1:50.4351
24YTom CORONELROAL MotorsportChevrolet RML Cruze TC1147.1031:51.2283
33YTom CHILTONROAL MotorsportChevrolet RML Cruze TC1149.3151:51.2062
418Tiago MONTEIROCastrol Honda WTC TeamHonda Civic WTCC1410.1761:51.2095
59Sébastien LOEBCitroën Total WTCCCitroën C-Elysée WTCC1411.2351:51.2957
637José María LÓPEZCitroën Total WTCCCitroën C-Elysée WTCC1412.041:51.3648
768Yvan MULLERCitroën Total WTCCCitroën C-Elysée WTCC1413.0651:51.38010
87YHugo VALENTECampos RacingChevrolet RML Cruze TC11418.6391:51.4909
933MA Qing HuaCitroën Total WTCCCitroën C-Elysée WTCC1419.8261:51.6846
1011YGrégoire DEMOUSTIERCraft-Bamboo RacingChevrolet RML Cruze TC11430.0211:52.11815
1127YJohn FILIPPICampos RacingChevrolet RML Cruze TC11438.661:52.25313
1226YStefano D’ASTEALL-INKL.COM Münnich MotorsportChevrolet RML Cruze TC11442.031:52.58312
132Gabriele TARQUINICastrol Honda WTC TeamHonda Civic WTCC141:11.2841:50.35617
R14Mikhail KOZLOVSKIYLADA Sport RosneftLADA Vesta WTCC68 Lp.N/A16
R25YMehdi BENNANISébastien Loeb RacingCitroën C-Elysée WTCC113 Lp.1:53.40111
R12Rob HUFFLADA Sport RosneftLADA Vesta WTCC113 Lp.N/A4
R15James THOMPSONLADA Sport RosneftLADA Vesta WTCCDNSN/A14


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