Nestor Girolami led a Honda Civic Type R TCR 1-2 at Most from Esteban Guerrieri, who scored two WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup podiums on a strong day for the ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport team.

The two secured the result in Sunday’s opening race, though their paths to those positions were vastly different.

From second on the grid, Nestor launched well and took the lead on the run to the first corner. He held that position through Turn 1 – despite a nervous moment when he was hit from behind – to lead the pack before the intervention of the Safety Car.

The Argentinian controlled the race when it resumed, heading team-mate Esteban over the line to claim his first victory of the season.

‘Bebu’ was less fortunate in Race Two as multiple hits at the start, before which he looked on course to make ground from ninth place on the grid, relegated him down the order.

Another impact at the restart pushed him further back, but despite ending the race with a solitary point he nevertheless ended the weekend having climbed to seventh in the Drivers’ Championship.

Esteban’s route to runner-up spot in Race One was, on the face of it, harder from ninth at the start, but an excellent judgement call meant he avoided a melee at Turn 1 and advanced to third, before passing a car around the outside exiting the second corner.

With Nestor in the lead, Esteban kept the chasing pack at arm’s length; his reward for doing so was a first podium of the season.

His second came soon after, too, as another hard-fought drive to keep cars behind earned a third-place finish.

The defining move came on the opening lap, as he beat his fellow second-row starter into third at the first corner, but he faced a constant challenge for the position when the race resumed after an early red flag.

That double podium, coupled with the seven points Esteban scored in Friday qualifying, elevated him to second in the Drivers’ standings with six races of the 2021 WTCR season remaining.

There were contrasting fortunes for the ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport team, as Tiago Monteiro and Attila Tassi both fought hard for little reward.

Despite both receiving hits, good starts from the pair in Race One meant they ran 10th and 11th in the early stages, but Tiago was ruled out of the hunt for points when he served a drive-through penalty after the early Safety Car, and a cut tyre from debris on the track forced Attila to pit late on.

Attila was luckless in Race Two; despite getting another strong start, he was hit from behind into Turn 1 which broke the car’s intercooler. He was able to bring the car back to the pits but could not continue.

Tiago did at least manage to get points on the board by finishing 12th, but was again the innocent victim of contact as a frustrating weekend came to a conclusion.

All four drivers are in action again next weekend when the WTCR makes its first visit to the Pau-Arnos circuit in France.

Nestor Girolami

Nestor Girolami 29

"Overall it's been a great day, and it's so nice to have that winning feeling again. I was worried before the start of Race One because I knew Turn 1 was really tight. I was already downshifting to first gear, which was the secret to recovering from the hit from behind. Thanks to the engineers for the analysis they did, working out things like how much grip would be available at the start. I tried not to compromise Esteban with dirty air and made a gap every time I was asked, and I think we managed that very well. Although Race Two didn't work out with lots of contact, it was still a good day for the team so well done to them for our results."

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Esteban Guerrieri

Esteban Guerrieri 86

"Today definitely goes down as a mission accomplished on what was a very important weekend; it was do or die if I wanted to keep my title hopes alive. My strategy in Race One was to go around the outside, but something in my gut told me I needed to stay on the inside, and it paid off. I sat behind Nestor and the plan worked very well, so it was great to bring this reward for the team. Race Two was much, much tougher, and I had to push every lap, every corner. We made some changes to the car and to be honest I went the wrong way, but we got through it. We are back in the game now, so let's play."

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Tiago Monteiro

Tiago Monteiro 18

"The whole weekend was very difficult. We had a good balance in qualifying, but mechanical issues prevented us from being able to show our full pace. In both races I had great starts - in terms of straightline speed and under braking - but just at the end every time there were some hits from the back, either just when I was about to turn or when I was already doing so. People also cut the chicane and I was overtaken by some of them, who kept position, which could maybe have been looked at. Now we have to learn from a few things we've done this weekend and use it to improve next weekend at Pau."

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Attila Tassi

Attila Tassi 9

"The weekend was far from ideal. It's really frustrating because we could see that the potential was there. Both of my starts were good; the first time I positioned myself quite nicely and I was already up to 10th, but four laps from the end I had what felt like a puncture, which turned out to be a cut in the tyre, and meant I needed to stop immediately. In Race Two I got a hit from behind that pushed me into the car ahead and the intercooler broke, so I couldn't even do one corner at full pace. It was good to see that our car is fast, but it was like dodgems today so it's a shame both our races were affected by this."

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Dominik Greiner

Dominik Greiner

Team Manager

"In general it was an excellent day for the team, getting back to winning ways. These results were our best-case scenario so it was a great effort from the drivers to achieve them. The 1-2 is a really good reward for the whole squad after some tough weekends, and third place for Esteban in Race Two was particularly hard earned considering he was defending for almost all of it. As for Tiago and Attila, it's a shame that the pace they were able to show was not rewarded with more points. All four of the cars have battle scars from two rough races; there's some work now for the team to do before we go to Pau next weekend."

Münnich Motorsport
Mads Fischer

Mads Fischer

TCR Project Leader, JAS Motorsport

"It's been a strong raceday at Most, with Esteban and Nestor maximising the opportunities they had in Race One to secure a fantastic 1-2 for the Civic Type R TCR. Esteban then drove another excellent race at the end of the day, which not only earned him a deserved podium but also meant he gained vital points in the Championship. Even though the results were more difficult for Tiago and Attila, both were able to show pace in the limited windows they had to do so. This was another demanding weekend but the performance has been at a high standard, so let's hope for the same next weekend in France."

JAS Motorsport
WTCR Race of Czech Republic

Autodrom Most, Czech Republic

WTCR 2021, Round 5

Sunday 10 Oct 2021, 17:04 Europe/London
# Driver Num Nationality Nat. Total Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Norbert Michelisz 5 HUN 25 25 BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Squadra Corse Hyundai 43'40.427
2 Mikel Azcona 96 SPA 20 20 Zengo Motorsport Cupra +1.508
3 Esteban Guerrieri 86 ARG 16 16 ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda +11.043
4 Yann Ehrlacher 68 FRA 13 13 Cyan Racing Lynk & Co Lynk & Co +11.528
5 Nathanael Berthon 17 FRA 11 11 Comtoyou DHL Team Audi Sport Audi +12.748
6 Yvan Muller 100 FRA 10 10 Cyan Racing Lynk & Co Lynk & Co +13.922
7 Luca Engstler 8 GER 9 9 Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team Hyundai +15.786
8 Frederic Vervisch 22 BEL 8 8 Comtoyou Team Audi Sport Audi +16.788
9 Gilles Magnus 16 BEL 7 7 Comtoyou Team Audi Sport Audi +17.576
10 Tom Coronel 32 NDL 6 6 Comtoyou DHL Team Audi Sport Audi +18.366
11 Petr Fulin 44 CZE - 5 Fullin Race Academy Cupra +20.987
12 Tiago Monteiro 18 POR 5 4 ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport Honda +26.455
13 Bence Boldizs 55 HUN 4 3 Zengo Motorsport Cupra +27.589
14 Jean-Karl Vernay 69 FRA 3 2 Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team Hyundai +39.843
15 Thed Björk 11 SWE 2 1 Cyan Performance Lynk & Co Lynk & Co +1'20.972
16 Nestor Girolami 29 ARG 1 0 ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda +1 lap
NC Attila Tassi 9 HUN - 0 ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport Honda +16 laps
NC Gabriele Tarquini 3 ITA - 0 BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Squadra Corse Hyundai +17 laps
NC Rob Huff 79 GBR - 0 Zengo Motorsport Cupra +17 laps
NC Santiago Urrutia 12 URU - 0 Cyan Performance Lynk & Co Lynk & Co +17 laps
Sunday 10 Oct 2021, 13:50 Europe/London
# Driver Num Nationality Nat. Total Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Nestor Girolami 29 ARG 25 25 ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda 26'36.520
2 Esteban Guerrieri 86 ARG 20 20 ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda +1.060
3 Yann Ehrlacher 68 FRA 16 16 Cyan Racing Lynk & Co Lynk & Co +1.440
4 Yvan Muller 100 FRA 13 13 Cyan Racing Lynk & Co Lynk & Co +2.061
5 Thed Björk 11 SWE 11 11 Cyan Performance Lynk & Co Lynk & Co +2.621
6 Jean-Karl Vernay 69 FRA 10 10 Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team Hyundai +5.378
7 Norbert Michelisz 5 HUN 9 9 BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Squadra Corse Hyundai +5.882
8 Mikel Azcona 96 SPA 8 8 Zengo Motorsport Cupra +6.737
9 Rob Huff 79 GBR 7 7 Zengo Motorsport Cupra +11.540
10 Tom Coronel 32 NDL 6 6 Comtoyou DHL Team Audi Sport Audi +13.715
11 Gabriele Tarquini 3 ITA 5 5 BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Squadra Corse Hyundai +14.073
12 Santiago Urrutia 12 URU 4 4 Cyan Performance Lynk & Co Lynk & Co +14.486
13 Luca Engstler 8 GER 3 3 Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team Hyundai +15.255
14 Frederic Vervisch 22 BEL 2 2 Comtoyou Team Audi Sport Audi +16.855
15 Bence Boldizs 55 HUN 1 1 Zengo Motorsport Cupra +19.133
16 Tiago Monteiro 18 POR - 0 ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport Honda +40.112
NC Attila Tassi 9 HUN - 0 ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport Honda +3 laps
NC Gilles Magnus 16 BEL - 0 Comtoyou Team Audi Sport Audi +9 laps
NC Petr Fulin 44 CZE - 0 Fullin Race Academy Cupra +15 laps
NC Nathanael Berthon 17 FRA - 0 Comtoyou DHL Team Audi Sport Audi +15 laps
Friday 8 Oct 2021, 21:35 Europe/London
# Driver Num Nationality Nat. Total Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Mikel Azcona 96 SPA 9 Zengo Motorsport Cupra 1'38.757
2 Norbert Michelisz 5 HUN 4 BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Squadra Corse Hyundai +1'38.848
3 Yann Ehrlacher 68 FRA 3 Cyan Racing Lynk & Co Lynk & Co +1'38.887
4 Esteban Guerrieri 86 ARG 7 ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda +1'38.890
5 Jean-Karl Vernay 69 FRA 2 Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team Hyundai +1'39.068
6 Nathanael Berthon 17 FRA 3 Comtoyou DHL Team Audi Sport Audi +1'39.036
7 Thed Björk 11 SWE - Cyan Performance Lynk & Co Lynk & Co +1'39.071
8 Yvan Muller 100 FRA - Cyan Racing Lynk & Co Lynk & Co +1'39.088
9 Nestor Girolami 29 ARG 2 ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda +1'39.096
10 Petr Fulin 44 CZE - Fullin Race Academy Cupra +1'39.407
11 Frederic Vervisch 22 BEL - Comtoyou Team Audi Sport Audi +1'39.810
12 Gabriele Tarquini 3 ITA - BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Squadra Corse Hyundai +1'40.643
13 Rob Huff 79 GBR - Zengo Motorsport Cupra +1'39.522
14 Tom Coronel 32 NDL - Comtoyou DHL Team Audi Sport Audi +1'39.543
15 Santiago Urrutia 12 URU - Cyan Performance Lynk & Co Lynk & Co +1'39.557
16 Tiago Monteiro 18 POR - ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport Honda +1'39.587
17 Attila Tassi 9 HUN - ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport Honda +1'39.647
18 Luca Engstler 8 GER - Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team Hyundai +1'39.831
19 Bence Boldizs 55 HUN - Zengo Motorsport Cupra +1'40.580
NC Gilles Magnus 16 BEL - Comtoyou Team Audi Sport Audi DNF
Driver Standings
Sunday, 10 Oct 2021
# Driver Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Yann EHRLACHER 68 FRA 135 Cyan Racing Lynk & Co Lynk & Co
2 Esteban GUERRIERI 86 ARG 115 ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda
3 Mikel AZCONA 96 SPA 109 Zengo Motorsport Cupra
4 Santiago URRUTIA 12 URU 105 Cyan Performance Lynk & Co Lynk & Co
5 Jean-Karl VERNAY 69 FRA 102 Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team Hyundai
6 Yvan MULLER 100 FRA 101 Cyan Racing Lynk & Co Lynk & Co
7 Nestor GIROLAMI 29 ARG 95 ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda
8 Norbert MICHELISZ 5 HUN 93 BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Squadra Corse Hyundai
9 Frederic VERVISCH 22 BEL 92 Comtoyou Team Audi Sport Audi
10 Gilles MAGNUS 16 BEL 91 Comtoyou Team Audi Sport Audi
11 Thed BJöRK 11 SWE 86 Cyan Performance Lynk & Co Lynk & Co
12 Tiago MONTEIRO 18 POR 70 ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport Honda
13 Nathanael BERTHON 17 FRA 69 Comtoyou DHL Team Audi Sport Audi
14 Gabriele TARQUINI 3 ITA 67 BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Squadra Corse Hyundai
15 Attila TASSI 9 HUN 66 ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport Honda
16 Luca ENGSTLER 8 GER 57 Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team Hyundai
17 Tom CORONEL 32 NDL 46 Comtoyou DHL Team Audi Sport Audi
18 Rob HUFF 79 GBR 34 Zengo Motorsport Cupra
19 Bence BOLDIZS 55 HUN 8 Zengo Motorsport Cupra
20 Jordi GENE 28 SPA 5 Zengo Motorsport Cupra
21 Jessica BACKMAN 26 SWE 2 Target Competition Hyundai
22 Andreas BACKMAN 19 SWE 1 Target Competition Hyundai