Hungary WTCR: Girolami doubles up in wet Race 2
Munnich Motorsport Honda driver Nestor Girolami held on to claim a second victory of the Hungaroring World Touring Car Cup weekend in a pulsating second race affected by rain.
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PWR Racing Cupra driver Daniel Haglof had beaten the polesitting WRT Audi of Jean-Karl Vernay into the lead at the first corner, with Thed Bjork jumping his Cyan Racing Lynk & Co into second.
From sixth on the grid, Girolami had muscled his Honda into second place by the time the pack had reached the fast Turn 4 right-hander, and set about hunting down Haglof.
Girolami made it into the lead at Turn 12 and quickly scampered clear from there, with Vernay outdragging Haglof for second on the run to the first corner at the start of the following lap.
The Race 1 winner held a healthy advantage for the remainder, and while Vernay got within half a second of the Honda in the final laps, the Audi driver backed off on the final lap.
Girolami's second win of the weekend elevates him into a shared lead of the championship with Munnich teammate Esteban Guerrieri, with Girolami ahead on countback with two wins.
Behind Vernay, the final podium spot was claimed by Haglof who, along with teammate Mikel Azcona, escaped from the chasing pack to seal a three-four finish for the PWR squad.
They had been allowed to break away from the pack in the opening stages while the BRC Racing Hyundai of Augusto Farfus attempted to fend off Yann Ehrlacher (Cyan Lynk & Co).
Having fought past Guerrieri, Nicky Catsburg (BRC Hyundai) also made a move on Ehrlacher to move into sixth.
Ehrlacher was forced to retire when the third BRC Hyundai of Gabriele Tarquini tagged his side at the first corner, while attempting to follow Catsburg through.
Catsburg later went off at Turn 12, allowing Yvan Muller - who had started 15th in his Lynk & Co - Guerrieri and Tarquini back ahead of him.
Muller briefly got as high as fifth after passing Farfus, but was then passed by Guerrieri at Turn 2 - a move which ultimately decided fifth and sixth positions.
Rob Huff steered clear of most melees to claim seventh in his Sebastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen, while Hungarian teenager Attila Tassi (KCMG Honda) finished on the Briton's tail in eighth.
Farfus survived the mayhem to finish ninth ahead of Catsburg, but BRC teammates Tarquini and Norbert Michelisz - who is due to start the final race from pole - were less fortunate.
Tarquini suffered a puncture while running seventh and Michelisz was forced to the pits after a hit from Aurelien Panis's Cupra while they squabbled over minor points-paying positions.
|1||29|| Nestor Girolami ||Honda|
|2||69|| Jean-Karl Vernay ||Audi||2.529|
|3||37|| Daniel Haglof ||Seat||3.507|
|4||96|| Mikel Azcona ||Seat||5.260|
|5||86|| Esteban Guerrieri ||Honda||12.822|
|6||100|| Yvan Muller ||Lynk & Co||14.721|
|7||12|| Rob Huff ||Volkswagen||15.245|
|8||9|| Attila Tassi ||Honda||15.766|
|9||8|| Augusto Farfus ||Hyundai||18.979|
|10||88|| Nick Catsburg ||Hyundai||19.522|
|11||55|| Ma Qing Hua ||Alfa Romeo||19.751|
|12||33|| Benjamin Leuchter ||Volkswagen||20.676|
|13||21|| Aurelien Panis ||Seat||21.739|
|14||50|| Tom Coronel ||Seat||24.699|
|15||22|| Frederic Vervisch ||Audi||25.086|
|16||31|| Kevin Ceccon ||Alfa Romeo||36.000|
|17||1|| Gabriele Tarquini ||Hyundai||1 Lap|
|18||23|| Tamas Tenke ||Seat||3 Laps|
|52|| Gordon Shedden ||Audi||1 Lap|
|10|| Niels Langeveld ||Audi||1 Lap|
|5|| Norbert Michelisz ||Hyundai||2 Laps|
|68|| Yann Ehrlacher ||Lynk & Co||4 Laps|
|111|| Andy Priaulx ||Lynk & Co||7 Laps|
|11|| Thed Björk ||Lynk & Co||8 Laps|
|25|| Mehdi Bennani ||Volkswagen||9 Laps|
|18|| Tiago Monteiro ||Honda||9 Laps|
|14|| Johan Kristoffersson ||Volkswagen||10 Laps|
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