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.

Nestor Girolami

Nestor Girolami 29

“I’m extremely happy to take my first WTCR win here in Budapest and to give the team and Honda another victory after Esteban won in Morocco. I knew that if I could start well, that was 99 per cent of the work done, and I think it was one of the best starts of my life. I can’t even begin to speak about how fantastic this team is, and in a series with so many high-quality drivers and cars, that’s a really big thing for us. Going forwards we have to be smart, work hard and keep pushing.”

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Esteban Guerrieri

Esteban Guerrieri 86

“It’s fantastic to lead the championship and to stand on the podium at a time when my team-mate Bebu scores his first win. It’s a great day for the team. We tested here pre-season and the work we did has really helped us today. It prepared us in a very big way, showed us that this Honda can be very fast on circuits with every type of corner and just gave us a very good way of working. I hope tomorrow it can be me on the winners’ step of the podium.”

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Attila Tassi

Attila Tassi 9

“I’m quite pleased with the way I was able to come up from about 20th place in the first half of the race, to finish in the points and my passing move on the last lap was pretty good. It was a tough race though. I was hit by Mehdi Bennani on about the third lap and after that my steering was pointing at 90 degrees and it was tough to drive the car with this damage. I could feel that things were right on the edge, but I had to drive hard to try and make up time. I got a puncture on the warm-down lap, so I guess you can see how hard I had to drive. Tomorrow I’m hoping for much better.”

KCMG
Tiago Monteiro

Tiago Monteiro 18

“I’m pretty disappointed with the result today. We had a few little things not quite work for me in qualifying, like track limits and traffic, and so I started 23rd. From there, it was always going to be a challenge to get into the points. It was a dogfight with lots of people having unnecessary contact. I was a victim of that and had to drive with damage for most of the race. I just need to start much higher up tomorrow and I’m sure we can avoid a repeat.”

KCMG
Dominik Greiner

Dominik Greiner

Team Manager

“I’m incredibly happy with today’s result. In Marrakech we had a win for Esteban with Bebu on the podium and now it’s the other way round. We’re leading the Drivers’ and Teams’ championships and honestly things couldn’t have been more perfect today. The drivers have been excellent and the team have worked so hard to make sure the Honda is competitive on different types of circuit. The aim is to win again tomorrow.”

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Dario d’Esposito

Dario d'Esposito

Team Principal

“Today’s been tough, especially as the car clearly has good pace. I think we maybe attacked qualifying too hard, lost some laps because the drivers went beyond the track limits, and started down in the pack. Once you’re in there, you know it’s going to be hard to progress. Both Tiago and Attila had quite a bit of damage after they were hit, but they both finished and Attila made a very good move to take the last point on the final lap. Tomorrow, if we can get qualifying right, I know we can get some very good results.”

KCMG
Mads Fischer

Mads Fischer

TCR Project Leader, JAS Motorsport

“It’s been a very good first day, just like in Marrakech. The ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport team have done a perfect job to win from pole and proved that the Civic Type R TCR is a car that can win on tracks with short corners like in Morocco and circuits with longer, faster, turns like here. KCMG had a tough day today, but their cars are fast, so I’m sure we’ll see a much stronger set of results tomorrow.”

JAS Motorsport
WTCR Race of Hungary

Hungaroring, Hungary

WTCR 2019, Round 2

Saturday 27 Apr 2019, 15:35 Europe/London
# Driver Num Nationality Nat. Total Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Nestor Girolami 29 ARG 25 0 ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda 12 laps
2 Yvan Muller 100 FRA 20 0 Cyan Racing Lynk & Co Lynk & Co +0.475
3 Esteban Guerrieri 86 ARG 16 0 ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda +0.926
4 Jean-Karl Vernay 69 FRA 13 0 Leopard Racing Team Audi Sport Audi +1.846
5 Aurélien Panis 21 FRA 11 0 Comtoyou DHL Team Cupra Racing Audi +2.265
6 Frederic Vervisch 22 BEL 10 0 Comtoyou Team Audi Sport Audi +2.851
7 Thed Björk 11 SWE 9 0 Cyan Racing Lynk & Co Lynk & Co +3.446
8 Johan Kristoffersson 14 SWE 8 0 Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen Volkswagen +4.038
9 Augusto Farfus 8 BRA 7 0 BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Racing Team Hyundai +4.907
10 Norbert Michelisz 5 HUN 6 0 BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse Hyundai +5.259
11 Mikel Azcona 96 SPA 5 0 PWR Racing Cupra +8.867
12 Daniel Haglof 37 SWE 4 0 PWR Racing Cupra +11.562
13 Andy Priaulx 111 GBR 3 0 Cyan Performance Lynk & Co Lynk & Co +13.175
14 Gabriele Tarquini 1 ITA 2 0 BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse Hyundai +13.762
15 Rob Huff 12 GBR 1 0 Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen Motorsport Volkswagen +15.303
16 Attila Tassi 9 HUN 0 0 KCMG Honda +15.871
17 Mehdi Bennani 25 MAR 0 0 Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen Motorsport Volkswagen +17.004
18 Nick Catsburg 88 NDL 0 0 BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Racing Team Hyundai +17.295
19 Benjamin Leuchter 33 GER 0 0 Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen Volkswagen +17.654
20 Tom Coronel 50 NDL 0 0 Comtoyou DHL Team Cupra Racing Cupra +18.294
21 Niels Langeveld 10 NDL 0 0 Comtoyou Team Audi Sport Audi +18.514
22 Tiago Monteiro 18 POR 0 0 KCMG Honda +18.819
23 Kevin Ceccon 31 ITA 0 0 Mulsanne Srl Alfa Romeo +19.064
24 Tamas Tenke 23 HUN 0 0 Zengo Motorsport Cupra +31.037
25 Qing Hua Ma 55 CHN 0 0 Mulsanne Srl Alfa Romeo +1:16.834
NC Gordon Shedden 52 GBR 0 0 Leopard Racing Team Audi Sport Audi DNF
NC Yann Ehrlacher 68 FRA 0 0 Cyan Performance Lynk & Co Lynk & Co DNF
Saturday 27 Apr 2019, 11:48 Europe/London
# Driver Num Nationality Nat. Total Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Nestor Girolami 29 ARG 5 ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda 1:52.586
2 Yvan Muller 100 FRA 4 Cyan Racing Lynk & Co Lynk & Co +1:52.757
3 Esteban Guerrieri 86 ARG 3 ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda +1:52.893
4 Aurélien Panis 21 FRA 2 Comtoyou DHL Team Cupra Racing Audi +1:52.955
5 Yann Ehrlacher 68 FRA 1 Cyan Performance Lynk & Co Lynk & Co +1:53.042
6 Thed Björk 11 SWE 0 Cyan Racing Lynk & Co Lynk & Co +1:53.065
7 Johan Kristoffersson 14 SWE 0 Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen Volkswagen +1:53.158
8 Jean-Karl Vernay 69 FRA 0 Leopard Racing Team Audi Sport Audi +1:53.217
9 Augusto Farfus 8 BRA 0 BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Racing Team Hyundai +1:53.267
10 Frederic Vervisch 22 BEL 0 Comtoyou Team Audi Sport Audi +1:53.274
11 Daniel Haglof 37 SWE 0 PWR Racing Cupra +1:53.286
12 Mehdi Bennani 25 MAR 0 Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen Motorsport Volkswagen +1:53.289
13 Norbert Michelisz 5 HUN 0 BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse Hyundai +1:53.290
14 Gabriele Tarquini 1 ITA 0 BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse Hyundai +1:53.298
15 Andy Priaulx 111 GBR 0 Cyan Performance Lynk & Co Lynk & Co +1:53.397
16 Mikel Azcona 96 SPA 0 PWR Racing Cupra +1:52.486
17 Rob Huff 12 GBR 0 Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen Motorsport Volkswagen +1:53.496
18 Attila Tassi 9 HUN 0 KCMG Honda +1:53.548
19 Kevin Ceccon 31 ITA 0 Mulsanne Srl Alfa Romeo +1:53.659
20 Nick Catsburg 88 NDL 0 BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Racing Team Hyundai +1:53.690
21 Qing Hua Ma 55 CHN 0 Mulsanne Srl Alfa Romeo +1:53.780
22 Niels Langeveld 10 NDL 0 Comtoyou Team Audi Sport Audi +1:53.845
23 Tiago Monteiro 18 POR 0 KCMG Honda +1:53.903
24 Gordon Shedden 52 GBR 0 Leopard Racing Team Audi Sport Audi +1:54.048
25 Benjamin Leuchter 33 GER 0 Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen Volkswagen +1:54.078
26 Tom Coronel 50 NDL 0 Comtoyou DHL Team Cupra Racing Cupra +1:54.213
27 Tamas Tenke 23 HUN 0 Zengo Motorsport Cupra +1:57.067