Michelisz wins, Monteiro stands at the front of the WTCC

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Norbert Michelisz has taken victory in the main race of the WTCC in Termas de Rio Hondo. The Hungarian, who reached the victory in the ‘Main Race’ in Vila Real, has taken advantage of the prick that has suffered Nicky Catsburg to win without too much opposition. However, Tiago Monteiro crossed the finish line in second position in a very valuable in his fight for the title, since a large part of their rivals have had problems throughout the weekend in Termas de Río Hondo. Thed Björk finished third, thus avoiding the second podium of Esteban Guerrieri.

Nicky Catsburg was asserting its pole to be placed in first position in a first angle in which Norbert Michelisz and Tiago Monteiro came together. On this occasion, and without a touch between the two, the cat in the water is what was the pilot Hungarian. Thed Björk was positioning itself in fourth place in light of the poor output of Esteban Guerrieri. In fact, the argentine lost contact with the four pilots head against the attacks of his fellow countryman Nestor Girolami. As in the first race, Rob Huff had no major problems in back up to tenth position during the early stages of the race.

After the battle initial, instauraba a period of some calm in between the pilots head. Mehdi Bennani broke the established order after beating Néstor Girolami, in a move that altered a group that under the leadership of Nicky Catsburg was slowly increasing the pace. In fact, the pilot Dutch sealed with the fastest lap of the race progression at your pace and got to endorse more than one second to Norbert Michelisz. Despite the pull of the pilot, Volvo, Tiago Monteiro did not lose camber and continued pushing his team-mate for second position.

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despite their good start, the control that he exercised Volvo jumped through the air, the whole time Nicky Catsburg had a flat tire and departed from the leadership of the test. Norbert Michelisz inherited the lead of the race ahead of Thed Björk. All in all, the three leaders had a comfortable position with respect to a Esteban Guerrieri, every time that the argentine was not able to follow his pace and I lost three seconds on the pilot of Volvo. The local rider could not offset this disadvantage to reach the finish line with options to climb to the third position.

In fact, the new overtaking Mehdi Bennani Néstor Girolami for fifth position was the only movement in the final laps of the race, despite the pressure exerted Thed Björk on Tiago Monteiro. The pilot Swedish got placed less than half a second of the leader of the WTCC, but ended not to complete an effective attack with your Volvo S60. With the same, Tiago Monteiro increased his pace to secure second position, a result which serves to strengthen your leadership and the Honda in the classification of marks.

Without opposition, Norbert Michelisz got the victory in the main race of Termas de Rio Hondo to add their second win of the season, both harvested consecutively. Tiago Monteiro crossed the finish line in second place, a result that closes an end of week beneficial for their interests in terms of the fight for the title. Thed Björk with the Volvo was third, a result that could not hide the bad weekend Polestar Cyan Racing. Esteban Guerrieri was fourth, while Mehdi Bennani managed to retain the fifth position in his battle with Nestor Girolami. Tom Chilton, Yann Ehrlacher, Rob Huff and Tom Coronel completed the Top 10.

Classification Main Race of the WTCC 2017 in hot Springs

Position Pilot Vehicle Diferencia
Norbert Michelisz Honda Civic WTCC 13 turns
2nd Tiago Monteiro Honda Civic WTCC +0.505
3rd Thed Björk Volvo S60 WTCC +1.381
4th Esteban Guerrieri Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 +6.379
5th Mehdi Bennani Citroën C-Elysée WTCC +14.281
6th Néstor Girolami Volvo S60 WTCC +14.675
7th Tom Chilton Citroën C-Elysée WTCC +20.386
8th Yann Ehrlacher Lada Vesta WTCC +20.750
9th Rob Huff Citroën C-Elysée WTCC +20.999
10th Tom Coronel Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 +21.983