Rob Huff has claimed his first win as a SEAT driver

Rob Huff has claimed his first win of the 2013 FIA WTCC season – and the first-ever win for the new Münnich Motorsport team – with victory in an exciting second race today at the Hungaroring.

Starting from third place for Race 2, the Englishman leapt into second place by Turn 1 behind the fast-starting Mehdi Bennani, whose rear-wheel-drive BMW leapt off the line in the standing start.

Behind the leading pair, there was chaos once again, although this time the pace made it to Turn 3 before the fender-bending ensued. This time it was triggered by former teammates Yvan Muller and Gabriele Tarquini, with the former turning across the latter and tipping the Italian into the barriers.

The hapless Tarquini ricocheted off the Armco and back on to the circuit where he was collected by the unsighted Franz Engstler.

The safety car was immediately triggered so marshals could clean up the mess and the medics could attend to both Tarquini and Engstler, who complained of bruising and neck pain. Both were taken to the local military hospital, with Tarquini kept under observation overnight as a precaution.

The race was restarted on the fifth lap, and the opportunistic Huff immediately leapt into action, passing the Moroccan around the outside of Turn 1 to take the lead. The pair were locked nose-to-tail for the rest of the race, with Huff winning by less than half-a-second.

Bennani enjoyed a career-best finish, chasing Huff over the line to finish in second place

For Bennani, the result represented the best finish of his career at a circuit where he has always performed. The Proteam BMW driver was overjoyed to be on the podium, and back-to-back Independent Trophy wins moved him into fourth in the Yokohama standings.

It was a strong race for the Independent runners, with the Bamboo Engineering duo of Alex MacDowall and James Nash keeping fellow Chevrolet runner at Race 1 winner Yvan Muller at bay to round out the top-five.

Tom Coronel finished in sixth place after an exciting battle with Tom Chilton, while Norbert Michelisz finished just behind in eighth place at his home race.


2013 FIA WTCC Race of Hungary – Race 1 Final Classification (12 laps):

Driver Team Result YIT
1. Robert Huff GBR Münnich Motorsport SEAT León WTCC SEAT 29:35.971  
2. Mehdi Bennani MOR Scuderia Proteam BMW 320TC BMW + 0.426 Y
3. Alex MacDowall GBR Bamboo Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Chevrolet + 4.043 Y
4. James Nash GBR Bamboo Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Chevrolet + 4.465 Y
5. Yvan Muller FRA RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Chevrolet + 4.783  
6. Tom Coronel NED ROAL Motorsport BMW 320TC BMW + 5.490
7. Tom Chilton GBR RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Chevrolet + 6.835  
8. Norbert Michelisz HUN Zengõ Motorsport Honda Civic WTCC Honda + 7.232
9. Michel Nykjær DEN NIKA Racing Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Chevrolet + 8.413 Y
10. Darryl O’Young HKG ROAL Motorsport BMW 320TC BMW + 8.663 Y
11. Stefano D’Aste ITA PB Sport BMW 320TC BMW + 10.180 Y
12. James Thompson GBR LADA Sport Granta LADA + 14.305  
13. Tiago Monteiro POR Castrol Honda Civic WTCC Honda + 14.886
14. Charles Ka-Ki Ng HKG Liqui Moly Engstler BMW 320TC BMW + 20.289 Y
15. Tom Boardman GBR Special Tune Racing SEAT León WTCC SEAT + 23.547 Y
16. Pepe Oriola ESP Tuenti Racing Team SEAT León WTCC SEAT + 24.227 Y
17. Marc Basseng DEU Münnich Motorsport SEAT León WTCC SEAT + 25.395  
18. Fernando Monje ESP Campos Racing Team SEAT León WTCC SEAT + 26.536 Y
19. Hugo Valente FRA Campos Racing Team SEAT León WTCC SEAT + 31.352 Y
20. Mikhail Kozlowskiy RUS LADA Sport Granta LADA + 32.330
21. René Münnich DEU Münnich Motorsport SEAT León WTCC SEAT + 32.710 Y
22. Fredy Barth SUI Wiechers-Sport BMW 320TC BMW + 3 laps Y
  Not Classified Result  
DNF. Gabriele Tarquini ITA Castrol Honda Civic WTCC Honda 0 laps  
DNF. Franz Engstler DEU Liqui Moly Engstler BMW 320TC BMW 0 laps Y

“Y” denotes Yokohama Independent Trophy competitor.

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