Yann Ehrlacher leaves the Hungaroring in second place in the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Championship after Honda’s Customer Racing teams scored a number of strong top-five finishes on.
Frenchman Ehrlacher, who claimed his and ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport’s first win of the year on Saturday, showed excellent pace to qualify and finish fourth in Race Three in his Honda Civic Type R TCR and add to his growing reputation.
Team-mate Esteban Guerrieri added a fifth place in Race Two, but a gamble on wet tyres during Race Three – which was suspended for 20 minutes after a rainshower – did not pay off after conditions improved immediately.
The Argentinian had qualified third, but was relegated to the tail of the field after jumping the start and incurring a drive-through penalty.
Like Ehrlacher, James Thompson suffered a loss of power in Race Two and finished several laps down after repairs in the pits. He finished seventh in Race Three.
Benjamin Lessennes scored a sensational fifth-place finish in Race Three to give himself and Boutsen Ginion Racing the best result of their short WTCR career.
The 18-year-old Belgian had made Q3 for the first time, but was moved back three places on the Race-Two grid after he arrived at pit exit fractionally late for his scheduled lap. He finished eighth and then went three places higher later on.
Team-mate Tom Coronel endured a tough day. After starting 20th in both of Sunday’s races, he twice suffered a bent steering arm after contact from rival drivers and was forced to retire on both occasions.
Wildcard entrant Attila Tassi, driving for HELL ENERGY Racing Team with KCMG, achieved his target of making it into Q2 in qualifying, but unfortunately was sent to the back of the grid for both races after he did not see a red light instructing him to stop in the pitlane.
Despite this setback, he charged through the field in both races to finish 18th and 17th, pulling off a number of highly-impressive overtaking moves in the process as he and the team prepared for their main programme for 2018; TCR Europe, which starts next weekend.