After a season of promise stifled by terrible luck, rookie driver Norbert Michelisz has finally taken his maiden World Touring Car Championship win, wrapping up Norbert Michelisz took his maiden WTCC win after a season of promise and heartbreakproceedings in the season’s final race at Macau.

The Hungarian led home fellow SEAT runner Gabriele Tarquini and Chevrolet driver Robert Huff, which resulted in the pair finishing equal second on points in the Drivers’ Championship standings. The matter was resolved in Tarquini’s favour by dint of having picked up more race wins than Huff.

Rather atypically for a SEAT in a standing start, Michelisz leapfrogged the rear-wheel-drive BMW of Race 2 polesitter Kristian Poulsen off the grid, but the race wasn’t even a lap old before the red flags were unfurled when Andrei Romanov and Nobuteru Taniguchi collided at the Police corner and blocked the circuit.

The Bamboo Engineering Chevrolets of Darryl O’Young and Yukinori Taniguchi were right behind the pile-up, and sustained race-ending damage that would end their slim hopes of taking the Independent Teams’ championship.

The race was restarted behind the Safety Car, and again Michelisz led the way, while Poulsen suffered a loss of pace and fell down the order as the laps ticked by, which allowed Sergio Hernández to take the Independents Trophy title for the second time in his WTCC career.

Up at the front, Huff was let through by Muller so he could have a crack at taking second place in the Drivers’ Championship standings, and the Briton fought his way past Augusto Farfus’ BMW before getting onto the tail of Tarquini on the final lap, but being unable to find a way past.

Muller would also find his way past a rather tail-happy Farfus, and the Brazilian would finish fifth with his rear bumper flailing off the back of his BMW.

Tom Coronel finished in sixth place, with Andy Priaulx taking a fine seventh after charging his way through the field from his lowly grid slot, brought about by his accident in the first race.

 

WTCC Macau Race 2 Final Classification (10 laps):

  Driver   Team Result Grid
1. Norbert Michelisz HUN Zengö-Dension SEAT León TDI 54:37.415 4
2. Gabriele Tarquini ITA SR Sport SEAT León TDI + 1.193 5
3. Robert Huff GBR RML Chevrolet Cruze LT + 1.543 8
4. Yvan Muller FRA RML Chevrolet Cruze LT + 10.886 7
5. Augusto Farfus BRA RBM Team BMW 320si + 14.675 3
6. Tom Coronel NED SR Sport SEAT León TDI + 14.894 12
7. Andy Priaulx GBR RBM Team BMW 320si + 15.716 22
8. Tiago Monteiro POR SR Sport SEAT León TDI + 16.360 6
9. Sergio Hernández (I) ESP Scuderia Proteam BMW 320si + 20.951 11
10. Franz Engstler (I) DEU Team Engstler BMW 320si + 25.099 9
11. Michel Nykjær DEN SUNRED SEAT León TDI + 43.156 26^
12. Mehdi Bennani (I) MOR Wiechers Sport BMW 320si + 47.302 10
13. Colin Turkington GBR AVIVA-COFCO WSR BMW 320si + 61.671 27^
14. Kevin Chen (I) TWN Scuderia Proteam BMW 320si + 107.235 17
15. Philip Ma (I) HKG Jacob & Co Honda Accord Euro + 112.404 18
16. César Campaniço (I) POR Novadriver Total BMW 320si + 2 laps 14
  Not Classified        
NF Masaki Kano (I) JPN Team Engstler BMW 320si 6 laps 20
NF Kristian Poulsen (I) DEN Poulsen Motorsport BMW 320si 4 laps 1
NF Joseph Merszei (I) MAC Team Engstler BMW 320si 3 laps 19
NF Alain Menu SUI RML Chevrolet Cruze LT 2 laps 2
NF Andrei Romanov (I) RUS Team Engstler BMW 320si 0 laps 15
NF Nobuteru Taniguchi (I) JPN Scuderia Proteam BMW 320si 0 laps 16
NF Yukinori Taniguchi (I) JPN Bamboo Chevrolet Lacetti 0 laps 13
NF Fredy Barth SUI SUNRED SEAT León TDI 0 laps 25^
NF Darryl O’Young (I) HKG Bamboo Chevrolet Lacetti 0 laps 23^
NS Henry Ho (I) MAC Ho Chun Kei BMW 320si   21
NS André Couto MAC SR Sport SEAT León TDI   24^

^ Forced to start from the rear of the grid due to parc ferme regulations breaches

[Original images via FIA WTCC official site]

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