Nestor Girolami and Tiago Monteiro ensured a double-points finish in a tough opening WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup race on the streets of Macau.

‘Bebu’ finished 14th for ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport with KCMG driver Tiago on his tail, one place behind.

The Argentinian had started 17th, but made a good start to make up a position on the flat-out blast along Macau’s wide shoreline section. He then took advantage of several incidents ahead to gain further positions, scoring two points to keep himself sixth in the Drivers’ Championship.

KCMG driver Tiago started 14th, but lost several positions on the run down to Lisboa on the opening lap. Latching onto Bebu’s tail, he followed his fellow Civic Type R TCR driver throughout the race.

Tiago’s team-mate, Attila Tassi, started 20th and finished there; the young Hungarian’s potential for progress dented by a hard hit up the rear on the first lap that broke his exhaust and affected his acceleration throughout.

Bebu’s Münnich team-mate, Esteban Guerrieri, began the race leading the championship by two points.

But starting from 26th and last – his penalty for having his car’s engine changed on Friday – he drove a careful race to preserve his machinery for Sunday’s double-header.

Rising as high as 20th, he pitted late-on to allow his team to change the set-up of his car with the aim of gaining information that can be used tomorrow.

He is now second in the Drivers’ standings, 18 points away from the lead, while Münnich are now third in the Teams’ rankings.

KC Motorgroup’s Jim Ka To did not start the race; his car being withdrawn from the rest of the weekend due to the severity of the damage sustained in his qualifying incident.

 

Nestor Girolami

Nestor Girolami 29

“I started 16th and I finished 14th, so I’ve gained some positions and scored some points. It’s a small number of points, but they all matter in the race for the Teams’ Championship. I was hit at Lisboa on the first lap and I had to work very hard to avoid hitting the car ahead of me, but I survived. Ultimately, we don’t have the pace this weekend so we just have to do everything we possibly can.”

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Esteban Guerrieri

Esteban Guerrieri 86

“Today wasn’t about getting a result. I knew that starting from the back, this would be impossible. So we just took it easy, minimised the risks and made sure we got to the finish without a problem. The aim was to take advantage every time there was an incident ahead, but there weren’t many. We tried a few things with the set-up, which gave us some good information and we go into tomorrow aiming for everything we can get.”

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Tiago Monteiro

Tiago Monteiro 18

“That was my best chance of some good points this weekend, and I lost out because at the start, on the long run out of Mandarin, there was a train of cars on one side, and I was on the other side, without a slipstream, and I lost four or five places. There were a few incidents ahead of me so I gained a few places, but otherwise, passing was impossible. The pace proves we have a top-10 car, but because of what happened in qualifying, we can’t make use of it. Tomorrow will be about survival.”

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Attila Tassi

Attila Tassi 9

“Today felt like a test session for tomorrow. We made some set-up changes after qualifying and they seemed to work quite well because the balance was good. But at Lisboa on the first lap, I was hit from behind and that pushed me into the car ahead. The car and the exhaust were damaged and that hurt my acceleration. We have a few more changes to the car we can make for tomorrow that will hopefully allow me to score points in both races.”

KCMG
Dominik Greiner

Dominik Greiner

Team Manager

“Fortunately it was a clear and safe race for everyone and both cars finished in one piece. The aim tomorrow is to score points in both races and we’ll do everything we can to try and reduce the gap that has now opened up in the championship.”

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Dario d’Esposito

Dario d'Esposito

Team Principal

“Tiago scored a point, but we should be thinking about so many more. His race pace was good today; better than the four or five cars ahead of him, but unfortunately that terrible sequence of events in Q1 yesterday afternoon meant he didn’t get a lap in. Attila was hit at the start and broke the exhaust, which cost him power throughout the race. It’s a real shame for him. Tomorrow we just need two clean races.”

KCMG
WTCR Race of Macau

Macau Guia Circuit, Macau

WTCR 2019, Round 9

Saturday 16 Nov 2019, 07:18 Europe/London
# Driver Num Nationality Nat. Total Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Yvan Muller 100 FRA 25 0 Cyan Racing Lynk & Co Lynk & Co 8 laps
2 Norbert Michelisz 5 HUN 20 0 BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse Hyundai +0.405
3 Kevin Ceccon 31 ITA 16 0 Mulsanne Srl Alfa Romeo +1.644
4 Rob Huff 12 GBR 13 0 Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen Motorsport Volkswagen +2.153
5 Thed Björk 11 SWE 11 0 Cyan Racing Lynk & Co Lynk & Co +2.882
6 Andy Priaulx 111 GBR 10 0 Cyan Performance Lynk & Co Lynk & Co +3.169
7 Frederic Vervisch 22 BEL 9 0 Comtoyou Team Audi Sport Audi +3.397
8 Yann Ehrlacher 68 FRA 8 0 Cyan Performance Lynk & Co Lynk & Co +4.704
9 Gabriele Tarquini 1 ITA 7 0 BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse Hyundai +4.918
10 Nick Catsburg 88 NDL 6 0 BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Racing Team Hyundai +5.921
11 Johan Kristoffersson 14 SWE 5 0 Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen Volkswagen +6.576
12 Aurélien Panis 21 FRA 4 0 Comtoyou DHL Team Cupra Racing Audi +8.174
13 Robert Dahlgren 2 SWE 3 0 PWR Racing Cupra +10.155
14 Nestor Girolami 29 ARG 2 0 ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda +12.134
15 Tiago Monteiro 18 POR 1 0 KCMG Honda +12.946
16 Luca Engstler 6 GER 0 0 Team Engstler Hyundai +13.543
17 Mehdi Bennani 25 MAR 0 0 Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen Motorsport Volkswagen +13.967
18 Attila Tassi 9 HUN 0 0 KCMG Honda +20.708
19 Mikel Azcona 96 SPA 0 0 PWR Racing Cupra +27.199
20 Tom Coronel 50 NDL 0 0 Comtoyou DHL Team Cupra Racing Cupra +28.746
21 Jean-Karl Vernay 69 FRA 0 0 Leopard Racing Team Audi Sport Audi +34.821
22 Benjamin Leuchter 33 GER 0 0 Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen Volkswagen +40.324
23 Billy Lo 36 MAC 0 0 TSRT Zuver Team Audi +45.767
24 Esteban Guerrieri 86 ARG 0 0 ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda +1 lap
NC Niels Langeveld 10 NDL 0 0 Comtoyou Team Audi Sport Audi DNF
NC Qing Hua Ma 55 CHN 0 0 Mulsanne Srl Alfa Romeo DNF
Friday 15 Nov 2019, 07:23 Europe/London
# Driver Num Nationality Nat. Total Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Rob Huff 12 GBR 5 Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen Motorsport Volkswagen 2:28.538
2 Andy Priaulx 111 GBR 4 Cyan Performance Lynk & Co Lynk & Co +2:28.744
3 Jean-Karl Vernay 69 FRA 3 Leopard Racing Team Audi Sport Audi +2:29.336
4 Nick Catsburg 88 NDL 2 BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Racing Team Hyundai +2:29.531
5 Johan Kristoffersson 14 SWE 1 Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen Volkswagen +2:31.369
6 Yvan Muller 100 FRA 0 Cyan Racing Lynk & Co Lynk & Co +2:28.960
7 Kevin Ceccon 31 ITA 0 Mulsanne Srl Alfa Romeo +2:29.010
8 Thed Björk 11 SWE 0 Cyan Racing Lynk & Co Lynk & Co +2:29.133
9 Yann Ehrlacher 68 FRA 0 Cyan Performance Lynk & Co Lynk & Co +2:29.291
10 Esteban Guerrieri 86 ARG 0 ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda +2:29.291
11 Gabriele Tarquini 1 ITA 0 BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse Hyundai +2:29.571
12 Norbert Michelisz 5 HUN 0 BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse Hyundai +2:29.986
13 Niels Langeveld 10 NDL 0 Comtoyou Team Audi Sport Audi +2:30.070
14 Tom Coronel 50 NDL 0 Comtoyou DHL Team Cupra Racing Cupra +2:30.092
15 Luca Engstler 6 GER 0 Team Engstler Hyundai +2:30.146
16 Gordon Shedden 52 GBR 0 Leopard Racing Team Audi Sport Audi +2:30.180
17 Attila Tassi 9 HUN 0 KCMG Honda +2:30.359
18 Nestor Girolami 29 ARG 0 ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda +2:30.375
19 Frederic Vervisch 22 BEL 0 Comtoyou Team Audi Sport Audi +2:30.510
20 Mehdi Bennani 25 MAR 0 Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen Motorsport Volkswagen +2:30.684
21 Robert Dahlgren 2 SWE 0 PWR Racing Cupra +2:31.048
22 Aurélien Panis 21 FRA 0 Comtoyou DHL Team Cupra Racing Audi +2:31.498
23 Mikel Azcona 96 SPA 0 PWR Racing Cupra +2:31.605
24 Qing Hua Ma 55 CHN 0 Mulsanne Srl Alfa Romeo +2:31.691
25 Benjamin Leuchter 33 GER 0 Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen Volkswagen +2:31.871
26 Tiago Monteiro 18 POR 0 KCMG Honda +2:32.183
27 Billy Lo 36 MAC 0 TSRT Zuver Team Audi +2:35.384
28 James Tang 98 CHN 0 Team TRC Honda +2:37.801
29 Anson Wong 59 CHN 0 Son Veng Racing Team Volkswagen +2:41.201
30 Jim Ka To 19 CHN 0 KC Motorgroup Honda +No time
31 Terence Tse 97 CHN 0 Team TRC Honda +No time
Friday 15 Nov 2019, 02:55 Europe/London
# Driver Num Nationality Nat. Total Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Yvan Muller 100 FRA 5 Cyan Racing Lynk & Co Lynk & Co 2:28.661
2 Norbert Michelisz 5 HUN 4 BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse Hyundai +2:28.729
3 Andy Priaulx 111 GBR 3 Cyan Performance Lynk & Co Lynk & Co +2:28.806
4 Kevin Ceccon 31 ITA 2 Mulsanne Srl Alfa Romeo +2:28.846
5 Yann Ehrlacher 68 FRA 1 Cyan Performance Lynk & Co Lynk & Co +2:28.942
6 Thed Björk 11 SWE 0 Cyan Racing Lynk & Co Lynk & Co +2:29.060
7 Rob Huff 12 GBR 0 Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen Motorsport Volkswagen +2:29.451
8 Gabriele Tarquini 1 ITA 0 BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse Hyundai +2:29.470
9 Benjamin Leuchter 33 GER 0 Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen Volkswagen +2:29.660
10 Mikel Azcona 96 SPA 0 PWR Racing Cupra +2:29.683
11 Frederic Vervisch 22 BEL 0 Comtoyou Team Audi Sport Audi +2:29.709
12 Nick Catsburg 88 NDL 0 BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Racing Team Hyundai +2:29.833
13 Esteban Guerrieri 86 ARG 0 ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda +2:29.891
14 Robert Dahlgren 2 SWE 0 PWR Racing Cupra +2:29.919
15 Tiago Monteiro 18 POR 0 KCMG Honda +2:30.039
16 Johan Kristoffersson 14 SWE 0 Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen Volkswagen +2:30.200
17 Jean-Karl Vernay 69 FRA 0 Leopard Racing Team Audi Sport Audi +2:30.353
18 Nestor Girolami 29 ARG 0 ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda +2:30.445
19 Qing Hua Ma 55 CHN 0 Mulsanne Srl Alfa Romeo +2:30.462
20 Aurélien Panis 21 FRA 0 Comtoyou DHL Team Cupra Racing Audi +2:30.788
21 Mehdi Bennani 25 MAR 0 Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen Motorsport Volkswagen +2:30.835
22 Attila Tassi 9 HUN 0 KCMG Honda +2:30.867
23 Niels Langeveld 10 NDL 0 Comtoyou Team Audi Sport Audi +2:30.888
24 Gordon Shedden 52 GBR 0 Leopard Racing Team Audi Sport Audi +2:31.533
25 Luca Engstler 6 GER 0 Team Engstler Hyundai +2:31.608
26 Tom Coronel 50 NDL 0 Comtoyou DHL Team Cupra Racing Cupra +2:31.654
27 Jim Ka To 19 CHN 0 KC Motorgroup Honda +2:33.654
28 Billy Lo 36 MAC 0 TSRT Zuver Team Audi +2:34.791
29 James Tang 98 CHN 0 Team TRC Honda +2:36.795
30 Anson Wong 59 CHN 0 Son Veng Racing Team Volkswagen +2:39.999
31 Terence Tse 97 CHN 0 Team TRC Honda +2:43.146