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Nurburgring WTCC: Catsburg takes points lead with Race 2 win

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Nurburgring WTCC: Catsburg takes points lead with Race 2 win
May 27, 2017, 11:48 AM

Volvo driver Nicky Catsburg has taken the lead of the WTCC points standings after securing his second career victory and his first for the Swedish marque in the main race at the Nurburgring.

Mehdi Bennani, Sébastien Loeb Racing, Citroën C-Elysée WTCC
Rob Huff, All-Inkl Motorsport, Citroën C-Elysée WTCC
Tom Coronel, Roal Motorsport, Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1
Aurelien Panis, Honda Team Zengo, Honday Civic WTCC
Tom Coronel, Roal Motorsport, Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1
Nestor Girolami, Polestar Cyan Racing, Volvo S60 Polestar TC1
Tom Chilton, Sébastien Loeb Racing, Citroën C-Elysée WTCC

At the start, Catsburg launched into the lead ahead of polesitter Norbert Michelisz's Honda, but was challenged into the second corner by Munnich Motorsport’s Rob Huff.

The Citroen driver was pushed out wide by Catsburg and dropped to fourth, but soon recovered to third after passing the second Volvo of Thed Bjork.

Catsburg led the first lap ahead of Michelisz and Huff, with Bjork not far behind, with the Sebastien Loeb Racing Citroen of Tom Chilton in fifth.

The Dutchman began to pull away from the pack from the second lap, leaving Michelisz and Huff fighting over second.

Catsburg completed the third and final lap without incident to win by three seconds over Michelisz, with Huff finishing third for the second race in a row.

Race 1 winner Bjork took fourth ahead of Chilton, followed by the second SLR Citroen of Mehdi Benanni in a distant sixth.

Tom Coronel just held off fellow Chevrolet driver Esteban Guerrieri for seventh, while Yann Ehrlacher in the RC Lada and John Filippi in the third SLR Citroen completed the top 10.

After his Race 1 puncture, Honda's Tiago Monteiro was forced to start from the pits behind both the WTCC field and the 11-car ETCC pack.

A suspected puncture on the final lap for the Zengo Honda of Daniel Nagy handed Monteiro 13th place at the finish, the Portuguese driver ending up outside the points.

Catsburg’s win propels him in the lead of the championship for the first time on 127 points, two clear of Monteiro, with Bjork just six points behind in third.

Race results:

Pos.DriverCarTime/Gap
1 netherlands Nicky Catsburg  Volvo 26'20.680 
2 hungary Norbert Michelisz  Honda 3.065
3 united_kingdom Rob Huff  Citroën 3.401
4 sweden Thed Björk  Volvo 4.167
5 united_kingdom Tom Chilton  Citroën 5.763
6 morocco Mehdi Bennani  Citroën 11.239
7 netherlands Tom Coronel  Chevrolet 14.614
8 argentina Esteban Guerrieri  Chevrolet 14.939
9 france Yann Ehrlacher  LADA 20.540
10 france John Filippi  Citroën 21.928
11 united_states Kevin Gleason  LADA 24.245
12 france Aurelien Panis  Honda 29.600
13 portugal Tiago Monteiro  Honda 43.108
Ret hungary Daniel Nagy  Honda 1 lap
Ret  japan Ryo Michigami  Honda  

Neil Hudson / TouringCarTimes

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Series WTCC
Event Nürburgring
Location Nürburgring
Drivers Nick Catsburg
Teams Polestar Cyan Racing