The 2017 World Touring Car Championship season has seen the fourth different manufacturer claim victory after four races, with Thed Björk winning the Main Race after overtaking Tiago Monteiro’s Honda.

The Swede had claimed pole position in dominant fashion in Saturday’s qualifying session, but was jumped by a better-starting Monteiro off the line and dropped to second place behind the Portuguese driver.

The situation didn’t stay that way for long, as Björk was able to retake the lead from the Honda driver at the Parabolica at the end of the second lap and then steadily pull away.

Monteiro was left to defend from Münnich Motorsport Citroën driver Rob Huff among a train of cars which included Nicky Catsburg’s Volvo, Norbert Michelisz Honda and the third Volvo of Néstor Girolami.

The day’s earlier race-winner Tom Chilton ran in eighth place until his Sébastien Loeb Racing Citroën suffered a loss of drive at the exit of the Ascari chicane, triggering a brief Safety Car interruption to allow the marshals to safely remove his stricken car.

Björk was left with it all to do again, but managed to quickly eke out a gap over the Monteiro-Huff-Catsburg scrap for second place. That running order remained for the rest of the race, with Björk’s victory moving him into second place in the Drivers’ Championship standings, just seven points behind Monteiro.

Huff completed the podium ahead of Catsburg, while Girolami managed to out-sprint Michelisz on the run to the chequered flag to snatch fifth place by one-thousandth of a second.

Mehdi Bennani was seventh in his SLR Citroën – repaired after his clumsy Opening Race collision with Michelisz – ahead of Campos Racing’s Esteban Guerrieri, Yann Ehrlacher’s LADA and the third SLR Citroën of John Filippi.

The World Touring Car Championship will stage its third round of the 2017 season in two weeks’ time at the Hungaroring.

2017 FIA WTCC Oscaro Race of Italy – Main Race Final Classification (12 laps)
Driver Team Result Cat
1. Thed Björk Polestar Cyan Racing Volvo S60 TC1 volvo 23:51.974 MF
2. Tiago Monteiro Castrol Honda WTCC Team Civic WTCC + 2.174 MF
3. Rob Huff Münnich Motorsport Citroën C-Elysée + 2.779 IND
4. Nick Catsburg Polestar Cyan Racing Volvo S60 TC1 volvo + 3.269 MF
5. Néstor Girolami Polestar Cyan Racing Volvo S60 TC1 volvo + 6.180 MF
6. Norbert Michelisz Castrol Honda WTCC Team Civic WTCC + 6.181 MF
7. Mehdi Bennani Sébastien Loeb Racing Citroën C-Elysée + 9.582 IND
8. Esteban Guerrieri Campos Racing Chevrolet RML Cruze + 11.522 IND
9. Yann Ehrlacher RC Motorsport LADA Vesta WTCC + 11.877 IND
10. John Filippi Sébastien Loeb Racing Citroën C-Elysée + 12.077 IND
11. Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze + 12.836 IND
12. Aurélien Panis Zengõ Motorsport Honda Civic WTCC + 16.637 IND
13. Kevin Gleason RC Motorsport LADA Vesta WTCC + 19.306 IND
Not Classified Team Result Cat
DNF. Dániel Nagy Zengõ Motorsport Honda Civic WTCC Mechanical IND
DNF. Tom Chilton Sébastien Loeb Racing Citroën C-Elysée Mechanical IND
DNF. Ryo Michigami Honda Racing Team JAS Civic WTCC Mechanical MF

* Post-Race Penalties:

  • To be advised

Images via Polestar Cyan Racing

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