Defending FIA World Touring Car Cup champion Gabriele Tarquini claimed victory in the final race at the Hungaroring, leading home teammate Norbert Michelisz to clinch a BRC Racing Hyundai 1-2 finish.

With light drizzle continuing to persist, home town hero Michelisz made a poor getaway from pole position and was jumped by points leader Esteban Guerrieri at the start, with Tarquini slotting into second place through the opening sequence of corners.

The midfield saw rather less contact than was apparent in Race 2, although Cyan Racing Yvan Muller managed to bump his Lynk & Co stablemate Andy Priaulx well off-track at Turn 4. That sent the Guernseyman tumbling down the order, while Muller was quickly issued a drive-through penalty and later opted to retire from the race with the prospect of a points finish all but gone.

Following back-to-back victories for teammate Néstor Girolami in Races 1 and 2 this weekend, Guerrieri looked set to complete a Münnich Motorsport whitewash of the event until he had a slow exit from Turn 5 on the fifth lap. Tarquini and Michelisz pounced, sailing past the Argentine driver before the Turn 6/7 chicane.

Guerrieri’s pace returned but he was unable to close back up to the leading Hyundai pair. His race came to a sudden end on Lap 12 when he suffered an failure on the front left corner on his Honda at the final turn that sent him spearing into the barriers.

That required a Safety Car intervention and when the race resumed Tarquini scampered off into the lead after getting the jump on Michelisz.

The Safety Car was almost immediately called into action when Kevin Ceccon speared his Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo into the barriers. With just two laps left to run, the race finished under full-course yellows.

Tarquini and Michelisz therefore claimed an emphatic 1-2 finish, with Cyan Performance driver Yann Ehrlacher atoning for a difficult weekend for the new Lynk & Co by finishing in third place which he inherited after Guerrier’s crash.

The French youngster spent much of the race fending off a train of cars, with Mikel Azcona claiming more points for the PWR Racing Cupra team by finishing in fourth place ahead of Thed Björk (Cyan Racing Lynk & Co).

Girolami finished in sixth place in the sole Münnich Motorsport Honda to move into the outright lead of the Drivers’ Championship  standings, while Rob Huff secured back-to-back seventh placed finishes in his Sébastien Loeb Racing VW Golf GTI.

All four Hyundais managed to finish inside the top-ten, with the BRC Lukoil Racing pair of Augusto Farfus and Nicky Catsburg in eighth and ninth respectively, while WRT’s Jean-Karl Vernay was once again the lead Audi driver in tenth.

2019 FIA WTCR Race of Hungary – Race 3 Final Classification (17 laps)
Driver Team / Entry Laps Result Pts
1. Gabriele Tarquini BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse 17 34:52.476 25
2. Norbert Michelisz BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse 17 + 0.739 20
3. Yann Ehrlacher Cyan Performance Lynk & Co 17 + 1.535 16
4. Mikel Azcona PWR Racing 17 + 1.785 13
5. Thed Björk Cyan Racing Lynk & Co 17 + 2.112 11
6. Néstor Girolami Münnich Motorsport 17 + 2.862 10
7. Rob Huff SLR VW Motorsport 17 + 3.051 9
8. Augusto Farfus BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Racing Team 17 + 3.721 8
9. Nicky Catsburg BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Racing Team 17 + 5.770 7
10. Jean-Karl Vernay Leopard Racing Team Audi Sport 17 + 6.582 6
11. Aurélien Panis Comtoyou Team DHL Cupra Racing 17 + 6.892 5
12. Frédéric Vervisch be Comtoyou Team Audi Sport 17 + 7.351 4
13. Tom Coronel Comtoyou Team DHL Cupra Racing 17 + 8.656 3
14. Attila Tassi KCMG 17 + 10.748 2
15. Mehdi Bennani SLR VW Motorsport 17 + 12.549 1
16. Tiago Monteiro KCMG 17 + 14.107
17. Benjamin Leuchter be SLR Volkswagen 17 + 14.662
18. Niels Langeveld Comtoyou Team Audi Sport 17 + 14.862
19. Ma Qing Hua Team Mulsanne 17 + 18.418
20. Andy Priaulx Cyan Performance Lynk & Co 17 + 18.932
21. Gordon Shedden Leopard Racing Team Audi Sport 17 + 19.836
22. Johan Kristoffersson SLR Volkswagen 17 + 20.175
23. Tamás Tenke (WC) Zengő Motorsport 17 + 21.292
24. Daniel Haglöf PWR Racing 17 + 21.547
Not Classified Team / Entry Laps Reason
DNF. Kevin Ceccon Team Mulsanne 14 Accident
DNF. Esteban Guerrieri Münnich Motorsport 10 Accident
DNF. Yvan Muller Cyan Racing Lynk & Co 9 Retired

Championship Points:

  • The top fifteen classified finishers and their respective teams are awarded championship points on a 25-20-16-13-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 sliding scale.

Post-Race Penalties:

  • Nicky Catsburg was issued a reprimand and a one-point endorsement on his championship license for causing avoidable contact with Yvan Muller.
  • Kevin Ceccon was issued a reprimand and a one-point endorsement on his championship license for causing avoidable contact with Gordon Shedden.

Images via FIA WTCR Media

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