Grégoire Demoustier has been given a three-place grid penalty for the opening race at the Hungaroring after being ruled to have impeded LADA’s Nicky Catsburg during qualifying.

The Sébastien Loeb Racing driver had qualified 15th-fastest in his privateer Citroën C-Elysée WTCC, but was found to have held up the Dutch driver at Turns 2 and 3 during the first part of qualifying.

Catsburg overcame the hold-up to qualify inside the top-twelve to make it into Q2, ultimately qualifying his Vesta WTCC seventh-fastest.

The final grid for Sunday’s opening race has not yet been confirmed, with the FIA stewards still to announce any potential grid penalties from post-qualifying scrutineering or rule on a possible engine change grid penalty for Volvo’s Thed Björk at the time of going to press.

Image via FIA WTCC Media

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