Michelisz claims home triumph in Hungary

Norbert Michelisz gave the crowd a performance to remember in winning the second race of the World Touring Car Championship weekend at the Hungaroring.

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The home racer claimed a lights-to-flag victory, his second WTCC win.

The Zengo Motorsport driver had a great start to pass the four drivers on the first two rows of the grid. Michelisz then pushed hard on the first two laps to open up a gap that allowed him to control the race.

Behind him Pepe Oriola, Mehdi Bennani and Alain Menu fought an exciting battle for the second place that eventually saw the Swiss finishing behind the local hero and Bennani claiming his first WTCC podium.

Not far behind, Tiago Monteiro put in a great defensive race to keep at bay Chevrolet trio Gabriele Tarquini, Rob Huff and Yvan Muller and earn fifth place, as he had in race one.

After winning today’s first race, Muller made a mistake on the last lap that dropped him from sixth to eighth.

Key moments

Start – Michelisz takes a great start and jumps in the lead; a collision at the braking point involves Ng, Wéber and Coronel

Lap 1 – Oriola overtakes Engstler and Bennani to climb to second

Lap 2 – Engstler drops to sixth losing two places to Monteiro and Menu

Lap 2 – Thompson goes off the track after colliding with Wéber

Lap 4 – Menu overtakes Monteiro for fourth

Lap 5 – Chevy trio Tarquini-Huff-Muller overtake Engstler

Lap 6 – D’Aste overtakes Engstler for ninth

Lap 7 – Wéber is given a drive-through for the incident with Thompson

Lap 9 – Menu benefits of the fight between Oriola and Bennani to move up to second

Lap 10 – Bennani overtakes Oriola for third

Lap 12 – Muller makes a mistake to defend the sixth position from D’Aste and drops to eighth

Withdrawals

C. Ng: race incident; J. Thompson: race incident

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