Norbert Michelisz proved that he’s not only a superstar driver, but also a fine strategist. After setting pole position yesterday, he made it clear that his aim was to help his protégé Attila Tassi to win his first race and to claim a podium result for himself.
His plan was a complete success!
The icing on the cake was Roberto Colciago’s fourth place that propelled the Italian driver to the top of the standings, while the previous leader, Stefano Comini, did not score and so dropped to fourth.
Tassi, Michelisz, the whole M1RA crew and the many spectators couldn’t hide their emotion when the Hungarian anthem was played on the podium.
There was a lack of position changes among the top drivers, while a number of battles raged for the other positions. Several drivers were warned for repeatedly infringing the track limits and the Stewards are currently investigating the actions of Pepe Oriola (5th), Davit Kajaia (11th) and Jens Reno Møller (14th).
After starting from the back of the grid because of a technical infringement in Qualifying, Mat’o Homola completed a strong recovery to finish 10th, while Ferenc Ficza obtained an encouraging 16th position with the debutant KIA cee’d of Zengő Motorsport.
The second race will start at 13:00 local time; Jens Reno Møller will sit on pole with Giacomo Altoè alongside him. The race will be streamed live at www.tcr-series.com and www.tcr-series.tv.
Grid – Vervisch (engine change) and Homola (technical infringement) are both demoted (from 14th and 4th) to the back of the grid; Ficza is also dropped (from 23rd to 24th) because of a penalty received in the previous event.
Warm up lap – Bernula’s KIA remains in the pit lane as the team is working to solve a gearbox problem
Start – Michelisz and Tassi make a great start and Michelisz allows Tassi into the lead; behind them, Colciago and Vernay swap third position a couple of times
Lap 1 – Vernay keeps third ahead of Colciago and Oriola; Ende retires with differential problems
Lap 2 – Vernay is threatening Michelisz’s second place; Huff follows in sixth position and is chased by Lloyd and Nash; Borković pits after contact with Comini, then rejoins
Lap 3 – Paulsen drives on the gravel and pits after a contact with Morbidelli; Huff stops on the track with a pierced radiator
Lap 4 – Homola recovers to 12th, Ficza to 16th
Lap 5 – Morbidelli is chasing Nash who is 7th
Lap 6 – Kajaia defends the 10th place from Vervisch and Homola
Lap 8 – Colciago and Oriola run two-abreast while fighting for 4th; Vervisch stops on track with differential problems
Lap 9 – Comini and Møller fight for 12th; Demoustier, Ficza and Nagy are immediately behind them
Lap 10 – Demoustier overtakes Møller for 13th
Lap 11 – Altoè overtakes Morbidelli for 8th
Lap 12 – Homola overtakes Kajaia for 10th
Lap 13 – Nagy overtakes Ficza for 15th
Lap 14 – Tassi claims his maiden win ahead of Michelisz and Vernay