Nestor Girolami scored a sensational maiden WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup victory with a dominant performance at the Hungaroring on Saturday.
‘Bebu’, who was competing in only his second WTCR event, stormed to his first pole position and then led the 12-lap race from lights to flag to take the second win of the year for ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport and the Honda Civic Type R TCR.
Team-mate and fellow Argentinian Esteban Guerrieri qualified and finished third; coming home just 0.475s from victory after a tense race.
Esteban’s result put him back in front in the Drivers’ Championship; five points clear of his nearest challenger. ‘Bebu’ is now third.
KCMG drivers Attila Tassi and Tiago Monteiro both finished the race carrying significant damage after each was a victim of multiple examples of contact from other cars during the early stages of the race.
Attila, who lives in nearby Budapest, qualified a career-best 18th, but dropped several places at the start as a result of contact.
He battled from 20th to snatch the final point – and 15th spot – on the last lap with a well-judged move at Turn 1 and then suffered a puncture on the warm-down lap; a legacy of steering damage picked up early on.
Team-mate Tiago started strongly to gain three places from his 23rd-place starting spot. He finished 21st; hobbled by damage.