WTCR Hungaroring: Reversed-grid race win for VW driver Rob Huff

Rob Huff clinched his first victory in the new World Touring Car Cup in the reversed-grid race at the Hungaroring after shaking off a challenge from wildcard Daniel Nagy

WTCR Hungaroring: Reversed-grid race win for VW driver Rob Huff

Huff was only promoted to 10th in the qualifying classification - and, as a result, pole for the race - after the session had finished, but the Briton made the most of his opportunity from the front of the grid and led from start to finish.

Having held the lead after the initial launch phase, Huff moved over to the right-hand side of the circuit to cover off Nagy's line on the approach to the Turn 1 hairpin and had enough room on the exit of the corner to ease to the inside approaching Turn 2.

Nagy's mirrors were filled by the similar Hyundai i30 N of Yvan Muller on the opening lap, and the Hungarian had to move over quickly to shut off a couple of attempts from Muller, including through the flowing Turns 8 and 9.

But Nagy quickly shook off the attentions of the four-time World Touring Car champion and was able to edge closer to Huff, particularly at the end of the lap as he hugged a tighter line through the hairpin onto the back straight than Huff could manage.

Despite that, Huff's lead never came under threat and, having built a buffer of half a second back to Nagy, the Sebastien Loeb Racing driver completed the final laps of the race without issue to clinch Volkswagen's first win in World Touring Cars.

Nagy came home a brilliant second and was comfortably clear of Muller, who completed the podium.

The Frenchman had faced pressure from the Munnich Motorsport Honda Civic of Esteban Guerrieri into the closing stages of the 12-lap race, but any threat of an attack fell away when Guerrieri was caught by the BRC Racing Hyundai of Gabriele Tarquini.

Championship leader Tarquini, who caught the leading group after clearing Huff's SLR team-mate Mehdi Bennani, switched back inside Guerrieri on the approach to the Turn 2 left-hander with three laps to go and eased his Hyundai out wide through the corner. He made contact with the Civic as he completed the overtake.

Tarquini ran out of time to catch Muller and crossed the line in fourth with Guerrieri for close company, while the second BRC Hyundai of race three polesitter Norbert Michelisz came home sixth.

Bennani finished ahead of Benjamin Lessennes, who stayed out of trouble to clinch eighth, while David Zsolt Szabo resisted pressure from the WRT Audi RS3 LMS of Jean-Karl Vernay to score the Zengo Motorsport Cupra squad's first points of the season.

Guerrieri's Munnich Motorsport team-mates Yann Ehrlacher and James Thompson both had chances to score points, but Ehrlacher pitted at the end of lap five after reporting power issues over the radio and Thompson dropped down the order at the start of the following lap.

Race two result

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Rob Huff Sebastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen 23m11.390s
2 Daniel Nagy M1RA Hyundai 0.562s
3 Yvan Muller YMR Hyundai 2.200s
4 Gabriele Tarquini BRC Racing Team Hyundai 2.659s
5 Esteban Guerrieri Munnich Motorsport Honda 3.050s
6 Norbert Michelisz BRC Racing Team Hyundai 4.252s
7 Mehdi Bennani Sebastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen 8.529s
8 Benjamin Lessennes Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda 13.453s
9 Zsolt Szabo Zengo Motorsport Cupra 19.460s
10 Jean-Karl Vernay WRT Audi 19.896s
11 Norbert Nagy Zengo Motorsport Cupra 22.475s
12 Thed Bjork YMR Hyundai 22.855s
13 John Filippi Campos Racing Cupra 24.007s
14 Nathanael Berthon Comtoyou Racing Audi 24.480s
15 Gordon Shedden WRT Audi 25.916s
16 Aurelien Comte DG Sport Competition Peugeot 26.732s
17 Frederic Vervisch Comtoyou Racing Audi 27.115s
18 Attila Tassi KCMG Honda 27.832s
19 Tom Coronel Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda 31.597s
20 Aurelien Panis Comtoyou Racing Audi 33.739s
21 Denis Dupont Comtoyou Racing Audi 39.207s
22 Gianni Morbidelli Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo 44.396s
23 Fabrizio Giovanardi Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo 1m00.037s
- Yann Ehrlacher Munnich Motorsport Honda Retirement
- James Thompson Munnich Motorsport Honda Retirement
- Mat'o Homola DG Sport Competition Peugeot Retirement
- Pepe Oriola Campos Racing Cupra Retirement

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