Honda Civic Type R TCR drivers scored a double-points finish in the first of three races held as part of the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup’s Race of Germany at the legendary Nürburgring.
From seventh and 11th spots on the starting grid, Boutsen Ginion Racing duo Tom Coronel and Benjamin Lessennes survived first-corner contact to come home ninth and 10th after a closely-fought race.
The results solidified their championship positions while keeping the Belgian outfit sixth in the Teams’ points table.
Esteban Guerrieri, who was the highest-placed driver of a Civic Type R TCR in qualifying, was unable to make use of his fourth place on the grid as the ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport driver was spun to the back of the field by a rival driver exiting the second corner. He retired in the pits with rear-suspension damage.
His team-mates Yann Ehrlacher and James Thompson finished 19th and 22nd; Frenchman Ehrlacher suffering first-corner contact while in a top-10 position and then dropping back into the pack later in the lap.
Münnich Motorsport remain third in the Teams’ Championship while Yann’s misfortune dropped him from second to fifth in the Drivers’ points.
Wildcard entrant Kris Richard, who was making his WTCR debut with KCMG, qualified 21st and finished 17th after a solid drive.