Honda Civic Type R TCR driver Nestor Girolami blasted into the lead of the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup with a sensational wet-weather victory – his second of the weekend – at the Hungaroring on Sunday.
The Argentinian, who was taking part in only his second WTCR event, started his ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport car sixth on Race Two’s partially-reversed grid, but made an incredible start to move up to second within three corners.
After snatching the lead before the end of the first lap, he was able to control the pace to claim the top spot.
He added sixth place in the final race of the day to end the weekend with a 10-point lead over team-mate Esteban Guerrieri at the head of the Drivers’ points table, while Münnich Motorsport are 58 points clear in the Teams’ title race.
Team-mate Esteban Guerrieri was an excellent second-fastest in the morning qualifying session, placing him ninth on the Race Two grid, but the Marrakech race winner survived a bruising encounter to finish fifth.
He led the opening stages of Race Three, but dropped to third after suffering an electrical issue at one-third distance that caused his engine to bog down momentarily.
A broken steering arm – a likely legacy of damage sustained during Race Two – caused his retirement with a handful of laps remaining.
KCMG’s Attila Tassi played a starring role in the wet Race Two at his home circuit. Starting 17th, he charged through the field to finish a career-best eighth.
His 15th-place finish in Race Three ensured he scored points in each of the weekend’s three events for the first time in his short WTCR career.
Team-mate Tiago Monteiro qualified 21st and was on the receiving end of a major hit on the first lap of Race Two, which damaged his car and put him out.
From the same position on the dry Race Three grid, he progressed to 17th by the chequered flag.
Tiago and Attila are 16th and 18th in the Drivers’ Championship with KCMG ninth in the Teams’ points.
The next round of the WTCR takes place at the Slovakiaring near Bratislava on May 10-12.