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.

Yann Ehrlacher

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“One month ago I didn’t even know if I’d be racing this year, so to sit second in the championship points table is a very positive thing for me. I made Q3 for the second event in a row and things look good. Unfortunately, I didn’t finish Race 2, but it didn’t cost me a lot of points from where I was, and the guys did a great job to get my car perfect for Race Three. Now the plan is to make sure we can keep up this momentum as we prepare for the Nurburgring in two weeks.”

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Esteban Guerrieri

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“I’m pleased to have scored some solid points today, but with the pace we had in qualifying, I’m a little disappointed things didn’t go better. I made a good start in Race Two from seventh place and finished fifth, so that’s good for the championship. I was expecting to fight for a podium in Race Three, but I made a false start and got a penalty for it, which killed my race. During the red flag, I rolled the dice and put on wet tyres, which was totally the wrong decision and I wasn’t able to make any more progress from the back.”

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James Thompson

James Thompson 15

“Today was much better than Saturday. We got the car back to the sharp end pace-wise and just kept on improving it during the day. In fact, if I’d qualified with the same set-up I had in Race Three, I think I’d have been able to have a serious go at Q3. I didn’t defend from Esteban in Race Two because he’s doing the full season and I’m not, so there’s no point me denying the team points, but the pace was strong all day. Best of all, there’s not a mark on the car as we head to the Nurburgring.”

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Benjamin Lessennes

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“I’m delighted with the results from today. All weekend we’ve had strong top-six pace and today we managed to turn that into two great results with eighth and fifth. If you’d told me one month ago that I’d have a top-five finish within two WTCR events, I’d have taken it. I knew here would be easier than Marrakech because Hungaroring is a regular circuit and together we’ve had a very good day.”

Boutsen Ginion Racing
Tom Coronel

Tom Coronel 9

“Today has not been a good day. When you qualify in the midfield, you know things are going to be tight, and today I was just hit a lot. In Race Two I was hit and suffered bent steering and had to retire. The same thing happened in Race Three – only this time even harder – so I had no option but to come into the pits and stop. It’s a shame, but Nurburgring will be much better as it’s a demanding track where hopefully my experience will give me a bit of an advantage.”

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Attila Tassi

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“Speed-wise, today was much better. The team worked really hard to make the car more to my liking and we had the speed to challenge for the top 10. Unfortunately, I lost my qualifying times so I had to start from the back twice, but the pace was still strong and I could make up lots of places. If I’d started where I qualified, I think I would have had points. If I get another opportunity to race in WTCR soon, I know we can be competitive again.”

KCMG
Dominik Greiner

Dominik Greiner

Team Manager

“Today we’ve scored more solid points and strengthened our position in the Teams’ Championship, as well as seeing Yann sit second in the Drivers’ points table. It was unfortunate that both Yann and James could not finish Race Two, but the team did a fantastic job to get both cars on the grid for Race Three – despite the minimal time available – and we scored a double-points finish. This is a very good position to be in as we approach our home event at the Nurburgring.”

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Olivia Boutsen

Olivia Boutsen

Team Manager

“Today has been fantastic for Benjamin and for the team. Despite his lack of experience of this circuit, he’s scored our best result in WTCR in two successive races. Fifth place in only our second weekend in WTCR is more than we were expecting, and this is a great platform to build on for the next few events. It’s a shame that Tom suffered race-ending damage in both races, but he’ll bounce back strongly.”

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Dario d’Esposito

Dario d'Esposito

Team Principal

“The pace Attila has shown today has been a big improvement on yesterday. The team and Attila have worked hard to find a set-up that suits him better and you could see the results in the speed he showed in qualifying. The target was to make Q2 and we did this. Unfortunately, Attila did not see the red light in the pitlane and had his qualifying times removed, but he drove fantastically well to make up 10 places in both races. This is great practice for TCR Europe, which starts next weekend.”

KCMG
Mads Fischer

Mads Fischer

TCR Project Leader, JAS Motorsport

“We’ve had mixed results today, but we still see Yann Ehrlacher second in the championship and this is a huge positive for all the drivers of the Honda Civic Type R TCR because it proves that the package is extremely competitive. It was excellent to see Boutsen Ginion Racing secure some excellent results with Benjamin and Attila’s pace in the KCMG car was also very strong in today’s races."

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WTCR Race of Hungary

Hungaroring, Hungary

WTCR 2018, Round 2

Sunday 29 Apr 2018, 16:56 Europe/London
# Driver Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Gabriele Tarquini 1 ITA 25 BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse Hyundai 17 laps
2 Norbert Michelisz 5 HUN 20 BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse Hyundai +0.354
3 Yvan Muller 48 FRA 16 YMR Hyundai +3.337
4 Yann Ehrlacher 68 FRA 13 ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda +3.961
5 Benjamin Lessennes 63 BEL 11 Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda +4.092
6 Dániel Nagy HUN 10 M1RA Hyundai +7.675
7 James Thompson 15 GBR 9 ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda +8.198
8 Rob Huff 12 GBR 8 Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen Motorsport Volkswagen +9.631
9 Thed Björk 11 SWE 7 YMR Hyundai +12.385
10 Jean-Karl Vernay 69 FRA 6 Leopard Racing Team Audi Sport Audi +12.999
11 Norbert Nagy 8 HUN 5 Zengo Motorsport Cupra +17.645
12 Pepe Oriola 74 SPA 4 Team OSCARO by Campos Racing Cupra +21.297
13 Gordon Shedden 52 GBR 3 Leopard Racing Team Audi Sport Audi +22.260
14 Aurelien Comte 7 AND 2 DG Sport Competition Peugeot +22.789
15 Gianni Morbidelli 10 ITA 1 Mulsanne Srl Alfa Romeo +23.439
16 Mato Homola 70 SLK 0 DG Sport Competition Peugeot +24.124
17 Nathanael Berthon 23 FRA 0 Comtoyou Racing Audi +25.404
18 Attila Tassi 19 HUN 0 KCMG Honda +25.688
19 Mehdi Bennani 25 MAR 0 Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen Motorsport Volkswagen +26.354
20 Frederic Vervisch 22 BEL 0 Comtoyou Team Audi Sport Audi +27.077
21 Denis Dupont 20 BEL 0 Comtoyou Team Audi Sport Audi +27.869
22 Esteban Guerrieri 86 ARG 0 ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda +35.408
23 Zsolt Szabo 66 HUN 0 Zengo Motorsport Cupra +1:53.270
24 Tom Coronel 9 NDL 0 Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda +DNF
25 John Filippi 27 FRA 0 Team OSCARO by Campos Racing Cupra +NC
26 Fabrizio Giovanardi 88 ITA 0 Mulsanne Srl Alfa Romeo +DNF
27 Aurélien Panis 21 FRA 0 Comtoyou DHL Team Cupra Racing Audi +DNF
Sunday 29 Apr 2018, 15:07 Europe/London
# Driver Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Rob Huff 12 GBR 25 Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen Motorsport Volkswagen 12 laps
2 Dániel Nagy HUN 20 M1RA Hyundai +0.562
3 Yvan Muller 48 FRA 16 YMR Hyundai +2.200
4 Gabriele Tarquini 1 ITA 13 BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse Hyundai +2.659
5 Esteban Guerrieri 86 ARG 11 ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda +3.050
6 Norbert Michelisz 5 HUN 10 BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse Hyundai +4.252
7 Mehdi Bennani 25 MAR 9 Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen Motorsport Volkswagen +8.529
8 Benjamin Lessennes 63 BEL 8 Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda +13.453
9 Zsolt Szabo 66 HUN 7 Zengo Motorsport Cupra +19.460
10 Jean-Karl Vernay 69 FRA 6 Leopard Racing Team Audi Sport Audi +19.896
11 Norbert Nagy 8 HUN 5 Zengo Motorsport Cupra +22.475
12 Thed Björk 11 SWE 4 YMR Hyundai +22.85
13 John Filippi 27 FRA 3 Team OSCARO by Campos Racing Cupra +24.007
14 Nathanael Berthon 23 FRA 2 Comtoyou Racing Audi +24.480
15 Gordon Shedden 52 GBR 1 Leopard Racing Team Audi Sport Audi +25.916
16 Aurelien Comte 7 AND 0 DG Sport Competition Peugeot +26.732
17 Frederic Vervisch 22 BEL 0 Comtoyou Team Audi Sport Audi +27.115
18 Attila Tassi 19 HUN 0 KCMG Honda +27.832
19 Fabrizio Giovanardi 88 ITA 0 Mulsanne Srl Alfa Romeo +30.037
20 Tom Coronel 9 NDL 0 Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda +31.597
21 Aurélien Panis 21 FRA 0 Comtoyou DHL Team Cupra Racing Audi +33.739
22 Denis Dupont 20 BEL 0 Comtoyou Team Audi Sport Audi +39.207
23 Gianni Morbidelli 10 ITA 0 Mulsanne Srl Alfa Romeo +44.396
24 Yann Ehrlacher 68 FRA 0 ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda +4 laps
25 James Thompson 15 GBR 0 ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda +4 laps
26 Mato Homola 70 SLK 0 DG Sport Competition Peugeot +DNF
27 Pepe Oriola 74 SPA 0 Team OSCARO by Campos Racing Cupra +DNF
Sunday 29 Apr 2018, 10:24 Europe/London
# Driver Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Norbert Michelisz 5 HUN BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse Hyundai 1:52.365
2 Gabriele Tarquini 1 ITA BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse Hyundai +1:52.807
3 Esteban Guerrieri 86 ARG ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda +1:53.023
4 Yann Ehrlacher 68 FRA ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda +1:53.366
5 Benjamin Lessennes 63 BEL Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda +No time
6 Yvan Muller 48 FRA YMR Hyundai +1:53.225
7 James Thompson 15 GBR ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda +1:53.415
8 Mehdi Bennani 25 MAR Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen Motorsport Volkswagen +1:53.610
9 Attila Tassi 19 HUN KCMG Honda +1:53.755
10 Dániel Nagy HUN M1RA Hyundai +1:53.800
11 Rob Huff 12 GBR Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen Motorsport Volkswagen +1:53.801
12 Norbert Nagy 8 HUN Zengo Motorsport Cupra +1:53.805
13 Zsolt Szabo 66 HUN Zengo Motorsport Cupra +1:53.854
14 John Filippi 27 FRA Team OSCARO by Campos Racing Cupra +1:53.907
15 Jean-Karl Vernay 69 FRA Leopard Racing Team Audi Sport Audi +1:53.981
16 Fabrizio Giovanardi 88 ITA Mulsanne Srl Alfa Romeo +1:53.995
17 Nathanael Berthon 23 FRA Comtoyou Racing Audi +1:54.229
18 Pepe Oriola 74 SPA Team OSCARO by Campos Racing Cupra +1:54.271
19 Aurelien Comte 7 AND DG Sport Competition Peugeot +1:54.416
20 Thed Björk 11 SWE YMR Hyundai +1:54.562
21 Gordon Shedden 52 GBR Leopard Racing Team Audi Sport Audi +1:54.610
22 Tom Coronel 9 NDL Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda +1:54.661
23 Mato Homola 70 SLK DG Sport Competition Peugeot +1:54.795
24 Aurélien Panis 21 FRA Comtoyou DHL Team Cupra Racing Audi +1:54.802
25 Gianni Morbidelli 10 ITA Mulsanne Srl Alfa Romeo +1:55.024
26 Frederic Vervisch 22 BEL Comtoyou Team Audi Sport Audi +1:55.233
27 Denis Dupont 20 BEL Comtoyou Team Audi Sport Audi +1:55.994
Saturday 28 Apr 2018, 17:28 Europe/London
# Driver Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Yann Ehrlacher 68 FRA 25 ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda 12 laps
2 Esteban Guerrieri 86 ARG 20 ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda ++0.692
3 Norbert Michelisz 5 HUN 16 BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse Hyundai ++5.942
4 Yvan Muller 48 FRA 13 YMR Hyundai ++7.290
5 Rob Huff 12 GBR 11 Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen Motorsport Volkswagen ++9.117
6 Gabriele Tarquini 1 ITA 10 BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse Hyundai ++9.856
7 Dániel Nagy HUN 9 M1RA Hyundai ++11.096
8 Jean-Karl Vernay 69 FRA 8 Leopard Racing Team Audi Sport Audi ++15.403
9 Thed Björk 11 SWE 7 YMR Hyundai ++16.202
10 Mehdi Bennani 25 MAR 6 Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen Motorsport Volkswagen ++21.537
11 Nathanael Berthon 23 FRA 5 Comtoyou Racing Audi ++22.455
12 James Thompson 15 GBR 4 ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda ++25.448
13 Frederic Vervisch 22 BEL 3 Comtoyou Team Audi Sport Audi ++25.801
14 Benjamin Lessennes 63 BEL 2 Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda ++26.901
15 Aurélien Panis 21 FRA 1 Comtoyou DHL Team Cupra Racing Audi ++27.850
16 Pepe Oriola 74 SPA 0 Team OSCARO by Campos Racing Cupra ++32.592
17 Aurelien Comte 7 AND 0 DG Sport Competition Peugeot ++33.231
18 Gordon Shedden 52 GBR 0 Leopard Racing Team Audi Sport Audi ++33.978
19 Attila Tassi 19 HUN 0 KCMG Honda ++34.344
20 Mato Homola 70 SLK 0 DG Sport Competition Peugeot ++34.671
Saturday 28 Apr 2018, 12:17 Europe/London
# Driver Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Norbert Michelisz 5 HUN BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse Hyundai 1:52.644
2 Esteban Guerrieri 86 ARG ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda 1:52.900
3 Thed Björk 11 SWE YMR Hyundai 1:53.063
4 Gabriele Tarquini 1 ITA BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse Hyundai 1:53.088
5 Benjamin Lessennes 63 BEL Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda 1:53.152
6 Yann Ehrlacher 68 FRA ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda 1:53.213
7 Yvan Muller 48 FRA YMR Hyundai 1:53.315
8 Dániel Nagy HUN M1RA Hyundai 1:53.487
9 Rob Huff 12 GBR Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen Motorsport Volkswagen 1:53.01
10 James Thompson 15 GBR ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda 1:736
11 Jean-Karl Vernay 69 FRA Leopard Racing Team Audi Sport Audi 1:900
12 Tom Coronel 9 NDL Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda 1:54.144
13 Nathanael Berthon 23 FRA Comtoyou Racing Audi 1:53.54.174
14 Mehdi Bennani 25 MAR Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen Motorsport Volkswagen 1:319
15 Mato Homola 70 SLK DG Sport Competition Peugeot 1:54,379
16 John Filippi 27 FRA Team OSCARO by Campos Racing Cupra 1:54.387
17 Norbert Nagy 8 HUN Zengo Motorsport Cupra 1:54.474
18 Fabrizio Giovanardi 88 ITA Mulsanne Srl Alfa Romeo 1:54.476
19 Aurelien Comte 7 AND DG Sport Competition Peugeot 1:54.573
20 Gianni Morbidelli 10 ITA Mulsanne Srl Alfa Romeo 1:54.596
21 Attila Tassi 19 HUN KCMG Honda 1:54.749
22 Pepe Oriola 74 SPA Team OSCARO by Campos Racing Cupra 1:54.900
23 Aurélien Panis 21 FRA Comtoyou DHL Team Cupra Racing Audi 1:55.017
24 Frederic Vervisch 22 BEL Comtoyou Team Audi Sport Audi 1:55.101
25 Gordon Shedden 52 GBR Leopard Racing Team Audi Sport Audi 1:55.323
26 Denis Dupont 20 BEL Comtoyou Team Audi Sport Audi 1:55.524
27 Zsolt Szabo 66 HUN Zengo Motorsport Cupra 1:55.703
Driver Standings
Sunday, 29 Apr 2018
# Driver Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Gabriele TARQUINI 1 ITA 118 BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse Hyundai
2 Yann EHRLACHER 68 FRA 82 ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda
3 Yvan MULLER 48 FRA 77 YMR Hyundai
4 Norbert MICHELISZ 5 HUN 75 BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse Hyundai
5 Rob HUFF 12 GBR 65 Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen Motorsport Volkswagen
6 Thed BJöRK 11 SWE 57 YMR Hyundai
7 Jean-Karl VERNAY 69 FRA 49 Leopard Racing Team Audi Sport Audi
8 Esteban GUERRIERI 86 ARG 47 ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda
9 Mehdi BENNANI 25 MAR 40 Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen Motorsport Volkswagen
10 Dániel NAGY HUN 36 M1RA Hyundai
11 James THOMPSON 15 GBR 19 ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda
12 Benjamin LESSENNES 63 BEL 18 Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda
13 Pepe ORIOLA 74 SPA 16 Team OSCARO by Campos Racing Cupra
14 Gordon SHEDDEN 52 GBR 12 Leopard Racing Team Audi Sport Audi
15 Aurelien COMTE 7 AND 6 DG Sport Competition Peugeot
16 Zsolt SZABO 66 HUN 2 Zengo Motorsport Cupra
17 John FILIPPI 27 FRA 2 Team OSCARO by Campos Racing Cupra
18 Tom CORONEL 9 NDL 1 Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda