Girolami wins processional Race 1 at the Hungaroring
27 April 2019
The first WTCR race at the Hungaroring turned into a procession that saw Néstor Girolami scoring his maiden win in the FIA World Cup, beating Yvan Muller and his own teammate Esteban Guerrieri.
The only changes of positions amongst the top drivers happened on the first lap, when Aurélien Panis dropped from third to fifth behind Yann Ehrlacher and Guerrieri. And then again when Ehrlacher made a mistake on lap 5, collided with Jean-Karl Vernay and retired.
The result meant that Guerrieri is now leading the standings, five points over Thed Björk.
Girolami started well from the pole and took the lead from Muller and Panis, but at T2 the latter was passed by Guerrieri and Ehrlacher. On lap 5, Ehrlacher went wide at T2 and makes contact with Vernay; the latter moved up to fourth position ahead of Panis, while Ehrlacher retired with damage to the front suspension.
A six-car pack was leading the race, with Girolami ahead of Muller, Guerrieri, Vernay, Panis and Frédéric Vervisch. They finished in the order, while Björk, Johan Kristoffersson, Augusto Farfus ans Norbert Michelisz filled the positions between seventh and tenth.
During the final lap there was an entertaining battle for the 13th position, won by Gabriele Tarquini from Rob Huff, Attila Tassi, Mehdi Bennani and Mikel Azcona.
Action will resume tomorrow at 10:00 with Qualifying for Races 2 and 3.
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