Esteban Guerrieri remains in the thick of the hunt for the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup following a hard-fought double-points finish on the streets of Macau on Sunday.

Heading to the season finale at Sepang, Malaysia, in just under a month, the Argentinian ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport driver finished fourth and 10th to hold on to second place in the standings.

A firm passing move at the tight Lisboa right-hander on the third lap moved him up from his fourth-place starting spot into a podium position.

But with the championship’s Balance of Performance (BoP) rendering his Honda Civic Type R far slower in a straight line than most of the other cars, he was unable to fend off the attack of his driver behind him and had to defend strongly to hold on to fourth.

His results reduced his gap to the series leader from 18 points to nine with 85 still available and four drivers in title contention.

Team-mate Nestor Girolami finished 19th and 17th; the Argentinian compromising his start procedure because he could not see the start/finish lights from his grid position, and later having to drive within himself after noticing rising fluid temperatures.

Taking part in their local race, Hong Kong’s KCMG team came close to adding to the point scored by Tiago Monteiro on Saturday.

From the back row after red flags and slow backmarkers left him unable to set a representative time in second qualifying, Tiago surged forwards on the opening lap of Race Two to finish 18th.

He kept his nose clean in the finale to add 19th with faster pace than he was able to use.

Hungarian team-mate Attila Tassi, who twice started 17th, sustained damage to the front of his Civic Type R TCR at Lisboa on the opening lap of Race Two as he attempted to avoid a two-car collision ahead of him.

He ran solidly in 16th until being punted down the escape road with two laps left. He finished 16th in Race Three, despite still carrying damage from the earlier incident.

Esteban Guerrieri

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“We really saved our potatoes today and that’s a big thanks to the team. We tried a set-up yesterday that I wasn’t so comfortable with, so we made some changes today that made things much better. The car was good through Mandarin, which was so important to defend on the main straight. It was the only way to score good points. I’m nine points behind heading to Malaysia, but my target was always to go there in the mix, and that’s what I’ve done.”

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Nestor Girolami

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“Today was tougher than Saturday. There was a light not working on the starting gantry, so I had to park two metres behind my grid box just to see the lights at the start and I never really had a good getaway. I had a high engine temperature so had to turn the engine off and reset it in Race Three and lost some places, and I couldn’t really push so hard because of this.”

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Attila Tassi

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“I’m actually pretty pleased with the level of performance today, especially in Race Three, where I was the second-fastest Honda driver. I’d had some front-end damage from Lisboa at the start of Race 2, and after I was taken out near the end, and while the team did a great job to fix the car, I still had to carry a bit of aero damage into the last race. It was a better day than Saturday.”

KCMG
Tiago Monteiro

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“We’ve had good pace all weekend and the speed shown in today’s races backs that up. I didn’t get a lap in afternoon qualifying on Friday, and that’s why I started at the back. From there, at a track like Macau, progress is so difficult. I did overtake five or six cars at the start of Race Two, and had some generally good, hard, but fair racing. If we’d maximised qualifying, I could have been racing in the same kind of area as Esteban; that’s the kind of overall pace we had.”

KCMG
Dominik Greiner

Dominik Greiner

Team Manager

“We weren’t in a great situation yesterday, but today we’ve maximised things and scored every point that was realistically available to us, which is a very positive thing. Esteban is nine points behind in the Drivers’ Championship, but yesterday the gap was 18, so we’re still in the game and we’ll fight on at Sepang. Having two cars in one piece leaving Macau can never be taken for granted, so this is another thing we’re pleased about. Today could have been a disaster. Fortunately, it wasn’t.”

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Dario d’Esposito

Dario d'Esposito

Team Principal

“It’s been a medium type of weekend, but today has been much better than Saturday or Friday and we’ve done all we could to extract performance with a BoP and compensation weight situation that’s made it very difficult for the Honda to be competitive. Attila made a couple of small mistakes in Race Two, but had the confidence to go for points, which was good to see. From the back, Tiago pushed as hard as he could and probably could have scored as well as Esteban if qualifying had gone better, but we’ve protected the cars for Malaysia and that’s very important.”

KCMG
WTCR Race of Macau

Macau Guia Circuit, Macau

WTCR 2019, Round 9

Sunday 17 Nov 2019, 03:40 Europe/London
# Driver Num Nationality Nat. Total Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Andy Priaulx 111 GBR 25 0 Cyan Performance Lynk & Co Lynk & Co 11 laps
2 Rob Huff 12 GBR 20 0 Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen Motorsport Volkswagen +0.352
3 Jean-Karl Vernay 69 FRA 16 0 Leopard Racing Team Audi Sport Audi +1.193
4 Johan Kristoffersson 14 SWE 13 0 Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen Volkswagen +1.855
5 Nick Catsburg 88 NDL 11 0 BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Racing Team Hyundai +20.030
6 Yvan Muller 100 FRA 10 0 Cyan Racing Lynk & Co Lynk & Co +21.096
7 Thed Björk 11 SWE 9 0 Cyan Racing Lynk & Co Lynk & Co +21.552
8 Yann Ehrlacher 68 FRA 8 0 Cyan Performance Lynk & Co Lynk & Co +22.194
9 Kevin Ceccon 31 ITA 7 0 Mulsanne Srl Alfa Romeo +22.565
10 Esteban Guerrieri 86 ARG 6 0 ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda +23.506
11 Tom Coronel 50 NDL 5 0 Comtoyou DHL Team Cupra Racing Cupra +23.884
12 Norbert Michelisz 5 HUN 4 0 BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse Hyundai +24.597
13 Niels Langeveld 10 NDL 3 0 Comtoyou Team Audi Sport Audi +25.054
14 Luca Engstler 6 GER 2 0 Team Engstler Hyundai +27.552
15 Frederic Vervisch 22 BEL 1 0 Comtoyou Team Audi Sport Audi +27.925
16 Attila Tassi 9 HUN 0 0 KCMG Honda +29.259
17 Nestor Girolami 29 ARG 0 0 ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda +30.140
18 Mehdi Bennani 25 MAR 0 0 Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen Motorsport Volkswagen +30.527
19 Aurélien Panis 21 FRA 0 0 Comtoyou DHL Team Cupra Racing Audi +31.317
20 Tiago Monteiro 18 POR 0 0 KCMG Honda +31.500
21 Mikel Azcona 96 SPA 0 0 PWR Racing Cupra +32.319
22 Qing Hua Ma 55 CHN 0 0 Mulsanne Srl Alfa Romeo +34.602
23 Benjamin Leuchter 33 GER 0 0 Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen Volkswagen +37.051
24 Robert Dahlgren 2 SWE 0 0 PWR Racing Cupra +39.756
25 Billy Lo 36 MAC 0 0 TSRT Zuver Team Audi +51.272
NC Gabriele Tarquini 1 ITA 0 0 BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse Hyundai +8 laps
Sunday 17 Nov 2019, 00:52 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 Thed Björk 11 SWE 20 0 Cyan Racing Lynk & Co Lynk & Co +0.455
3 Kevin Ceccon 31 ITA 16 0 Mulsanne Srl Alfa Romeo +0.932
4 Esteban Guerrieri 86 ARG 13 0 ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda +1.896
5 Johan Kristoffersson 14 SWE 11 0 Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen Volkswagen +5.305
6 Yann Ehrlacher 68 FRA 10 0 Cyan Performance Lynk & Co Lynk & Co +8.076
7 Andy Priaulx 111 GBR 9 0 Cyan Performance Lynk & Co Lynk & Co +8.662
8 Frederic Vervisch 22 BEL 8 0 Comtoyou Team Audi Sport Audi +9.010
9 Jean-Karl Vernay 69 FRA 7 0 Leopard Racing Team Audi Sport Audi +10.222
10 Norbert Michelisz 5 HUN 6 0 BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse Hyundai +11.101
11 Gabriele Tarquini 1 ITA 5 0 BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse Hyundai +11.583
12 Nick Catsburg 88 NDL 4 0 BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Racing Team Hyundai +12.712
13 Rob Huff 12 GBR 3 0 Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen Motorsport Volkswagen +12.908
14 Tom Coronel 50 NDL 2 0 Comtoyou DHL Team Cupra Racing Cupra +13.925
15 Mikel Azcona 96 SPA 1 0 PWR Racing Cupra +18.087
16 Niels Langeveld 10 NDL 0 0 Comtoyou Team Audi Sport Audi +18.589
17 Qing Hua Ma 55 CHN 0 0 Mulsanne Srl Alfa Romeo +19.527
18 Tiago Monteiro 18 POR 0 0 KCMG Honda +20.361
19 Nestor Girolami 29 ARG 0 0 ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda +20.762
20 Robert Dahlgren 2 SWE 0 0 PWR Racing Cupra +31.614
21 Benjamin Leuchter 33 GER 0 0 Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen Volkswagen +31.747
NC Attila Tassi 9 HUN 0 0 KCMG Honda DNF
NC Mehdi Bennani 25 MAR 0 0 Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen Motorsport Volkswagen DNF
NC Billy Lo 36 MAC 0 0 TSRT Zuver Team Audi DNF
NC Luca Engstler 6 GER 0 0 Team Engstler Hyundai DNF
NC Aurélien Panis 21 FRA 0 0 Comtoyou DHL Team Cupra Racing Audi DNF
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
Driver Standings
Sunday, 17 Nov 2019
# Driver Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Norbert MICHELISZ 5 HUN 316 BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse Hyundai
2 Esteban GUERRIERI 86 ARG 307 ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda
3 Yvan MULLER 100 FRA 305 Cyan Racing Lynk & Co Lynk & Co
4 Thed BJöRK 11 SWE 288 Cyan Racing Lynk & Co Lynk & Co
5 Yann EHRLACHER 68 FRA 209 Cyan Performance Lynk & Co Lynk & Co
6 Gabriele TARQUINI 1 ITA 205 BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse Hyundai
7 Mikel AZCONA 96 SPA 199 PWR Racing Cupra
8 Nestor GIROLAMI 29 ARG 198 ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda
9 Rob HUFF 12 GBR 197 Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen Motorsport Volkswagen
10 Jean-Karl VERNAY 69 FRA 196 Leopard Racing Team Audi Sport Audi
11 Johan KRISTOFFERSSON 14 SWE 193 Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen Volkswagen
12 Frederic VERVISCH 22 BEL 177 Comtoyou Team Audi Sport Audi
13 Nick CATSBURG 88 NDL 156 BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Racing Team Hyundai
14 Augusto FARFUS 8 BRA 142 BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Racing Team Hyundai
15 Qing Hua MA 55 CHN 133 Mulsanne Srl Alfa Romeo
16 Kevin CECCON 31 ITA 133 Mulsanne Srl Alfa Romeo
17 Andy PRIAULX 111 GBR 112 Cyan Performance Lynk & Co Lynk & Co
18 Aurélien PANIS 21 FRA 98 Comtoyou DHL Team Cupra Racing Audi
19 Benjamin LEUCHTER 33 GER 96 Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen Volkswagen
20 Tiago MONTEIRO 18 POR 95 KCMG Honda
21 Tom CORONEL 50 NDL 63 Comtoyou DHL Team Cupra Racing Cupra
22 Niels LANGEVELD 10 NDL 62 Comtoyou Team Audi Sport Audi
23 Attila TASSI 9 HUN 52 KCMG Honda
24 Daniel HAGLOF 37 SWE 46 PWR Racing Cupra
25 Gordon SHEDDEN 52 GBR 33 Leopard Racing Team Audi Sport Audi
26 Mehdi BENNANI 25 MAR 32 Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen Motorsport Volkswagen
27 Robert DAHLGREN 2 SWE 3 PWR Racing Cupra
28 Luca ENGSTLER 6 GER 2 Team Engstler Hyundai