Macau WTCR: Andy Priaulx takes first WTCR win of 2019 in finale

Jack Cozens
First WTCR win for Priaulx in Macau finale
First WTCR win for Priaulx in Macau finale

Three-time World Touring Car champion Andy Priaulx claimed his first WTCR victory by holding off Rob Huff in a tense Macau Guia Race finale.

Priaulx, who has two previous Guia Race wins from his World Touring Car Championship spell, set up victory by passing polesitter Huff before the approach to the Reservoir kink at the start of the race.

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While Huff's Sebastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen Golf GTI was able to close up in the second and third sectors on the mountain, Priaulx had superior drive off the Melco hairpin each time and was able to gap his compatriot through the final sector in preparation for the long run to Lisboa.

Huff set the fastest lap on the antepenultimate tour in one final bid to close in on Priaulx, but the Cyan Racing Lynk & Co 03 driver went faster still on the following lap, taking a big step towards winning the race in doing so.

Huff closed up once more in the third and fourth sectors, but Priaulx held tight to clinch his first World Touring Car win in nine years - which also denied Huff a record 10th win in Macau.

First WTCR win for Priaulx in Macau finale
First WTCR win for Priaulx in Macau finale

Jean-Karl Vernay jostled with Huff and his team-mate Johan Kristoffersson at the start, settling into third place at Lisboa in his WRT Audi RS3 LMS.

Both he and Kristoffersson kept a watching brief behind the two leaders, as the leading quartet finished well clear of the rest of the pack.

Thed Bjork had occupied fifth, but dropped two positions on the final lap to boost Cyan team-mate Yvan Muller's points haul.

BRC Racing Hyundai driver Nicky Catsburg instead claimed the place, having kept Muller behind him as the leading pack escaped.

The fourth Lynk & Co 03 of Yann Ehrlacher came home in eighth, behind Muller and Bjork, while Kevin Ceccon (Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce) and title hopeful Esteban Guerrieri completed the top 10.

Points leader Norbert Michelisz was 12th in his BRC Racing Hyundai. He now has nine points in hand over Munnich Motorsport Honda driver Guerrieri, while Muller is two further back in third after winning the first two races of the weekend.

Result - 11 laps

Pos

Driver

Team

Car

Gap

1

Andy Priaulx

Cyan Performance

Lynk & Co

27m58.428s

2

Rob Huff

SLR VW Motorsport

Volkswagen

0.352s

3

Jean-Karl Vernay

WRT

Audi

1.193s

4

Johan Kristoffersson

SLR Volkswagen

Volkswagen

1.855s

5

Nicky Catsburg

BRC Racing Team

Hyundai

20.030s

6

Yvan Muller

Cyan Racing

Lynk & Co

21.096s

7

Thed Bjork

Cyan Racing

Lynk & Co

21.552s

8

Yann Ehrlacher

Cyan Performance

Lynk & Co

22.194s

9

Kevin Ceccon

Team Mulsanne

Alfa Romeo

22.565s

10

Esteban Guerrieri

Munnich Motorsport

Honda

23.506s

11

Tom Coronel

Comtoyou Cupra

Cupra

23.884s

12

Norbert Michelisz

BRC Squadra Corse

Hyundai

24.597s

13

Niels Langeveld

Comtoyou Audi

Audi

25.054s

14

Luca Engstler

BRC Racing Team

Hyundai

27.552s

15

Frederic Vervisch

Comtoyou Audi

Audi

27.925s

16

Attila Tassi

KCMG

Honda

29.259s

17

Nestor Girolami

Munnich Motorsport

Honda

30.140s

18

Mehdi Bennani

SLR VW Motorsport

Volkswagen

30.527s

19

Tiago Monteiro

KCMG

Honda

31.317s

20

Mikel Azcona

PWR Racing

Cupra

31.500s

21

Benjamin Leuchter

SLR Volkswagen

Volkswagen

32.319s

22

Ma Qing Hua

Team Mulsanne

Alfa Romeo

34.602s

23

Aurelien Panis

Comtoyou Cupra

Cupra

37.051s

24

Robert Dahlgren

PWR Racing

Cupra

39.756s

25

Billy Lo

Tian Shi Zuver Team

Audi

51.272s

-

Gabriele Tarquini

BRC Squadra Corse

Hyundai

Retirement

-

Gordon Shedden

WRT

Audi

Withdrawn

-

Jim Ka To

KC Motorgroup

Honda

Withdrawn

Drivers' championship

Pos

Driver

Points

1

Norbert Michelisz

316

2

Esteban Guerrieri

307

3

Yvan Muller

305

4

Thed Bjork

288

5

Yann Ehrlacher

209

6

Gabriele Tarquini

205

7

Mikel Azcona

199

8

Nestor Girolami

198

9

Rob Huff

197

10

Jean-Karl Vernay

196

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