Yvan Muller can with Thed Björk in the 'Green Hell'


Yvan Muller has taken victory in the first race WTCR at the Nürburgring Nordschleife. The veteran rider has pulled out of the experience to overcome Thed Björk, his team-mate, in the output, and since then endure the attacks of this in a scenario as complex as the variant Nordschleife. Despite his pace endiablado, Rob Huff has had to be satisfied with the third position after not being able to overcome by slipstream either of the two Hyundai i30 N TCR of YMR and have to defend yourself to your time of the attacks of Norbert Michelisz. In key Spanish Pepe Oriola finished eighth in a great end-of-career with the Cupra TCR.

The race began moving, even before turning off the lights as René Rast and Gordon Shedden starting with a penalty of ten positions, while Benjamin Lessennes began the race three places behind its position in classification. In this aspect, the young pilot that replaces Monteiro became the protagonist, as Lessennes stepped on the gravel at the first corner, ending by beating his teammate Esteban Guerrieri to avoid the protections. The argentine, who started fourth, was left out of the game, allowing the start of the ‘cavalcade’ of Rob Huff with their Volkswagen Golf GTI.

In fact, Rob Huff will ‘stole’ the portfolio to Michelisz at the entrance to the layout of the Nordschleife and climbed to the third position, while Pepe Oriola failed to resolve the start of the round with a positive tenth position. All, one of the pilots that more ground gained was René Rast, because I got to sneak in ninth despite leaving the fifteenth. However, the progression of the German pilot did not give it to achieve the two groups which formed in the head. On the one hand, Muller, Björk, Huff and Michelisz ran away, while Jean-Karl Vernay put the suit tracker with Tarquini and Vervisch your wake.


Rast ahead of Tom Coronel before the end of the first lap, in a scenario in which there was no longer the leader of the contest. However, Gabriele Tarquini was against the barriers in the curve that gives access to the circuit again, staying out of the race. Already in the second lap, Rene Rást, exceeded that of Frédéric Vervisch, the entire time this is spent stopping at the first curve of the path. Soon after, his Audi RS 3 LMS said simply. The demands of the Nürburgring would be charged the aspirations of the belgian, not a Rob Huff launched the attack to overcome the two pilots of YMR.

in spite of shooting together for the whole lap, the game of rebufos in the long straight end of the variant Nordschleife was not giving its fruits and everything remained the same when the checkered flag was present. Yvan Muller so achieved his first victory of the season ahead of Thed Björk. For his part, Rob Huff crossed the finish line third, but not hard-pressed for a few moments, Norbert Michelisz managed to put in parallel. Away from the group, more than eight seconds behind the winner, Jean-Karl Vernay, closed the ‘top 5’ of the race.

René Rast hurried up the last meter of track to try to overcome Vernay, but it had to settle with a creditable sixth position, being one of the riders with more pace throughout the race. In fact, the German endorsed five seconds to Gordon Shedden, although the british also signed a positive comeback to finish seventh. Behind and in a battle that goes up to the same finish line, Pepe Oriola managed to conquer the eighth position after winning their particular duel with Tom Coronel and Benjamin Lessennes, the two riders closing the top ten places.

Classification Race 1 of the WTCR 2018 at the Nürburgring

Position Pilot Vehicle Time / Dif.
1 Yvan Muller Hyundai i30 N TCR 3 Turns
2nd Thed Björk Hyundai i30 N TCR +0.331
3rd Rob Huff Volkswagen Golf GTI +0.853
4th Norbert Michelisz Hyundai i30 N TCR +1.288
5th Jean-Karl Vernay Audi RS 3 LMS +8.112
6th René Rast Audi RS 3 LMS +8.581
7th Gordon Shedden Audi RS 3 LMS +13.468
8th Pepe Oriola Cupra TCR +18.134
9th Tom Coronel Honda Civic Type R +18.573
10th Benjamin Lessennes Honda Civic Type R +18.672