Oriola and Michelisz on top in the Yokohama Trophy

Oriola and Michelisz on top in the Yokohama Trophy

08.06.2012: After they shared honours last weekend in Portugal, Pepe Oriola and Norbert Michelisz

After they shared honours last weekend in Portugal, Pepe Oriola and Norbert Michelisz have built solid margins on top of the Yokohama Trophy. They scored one race win apiece at Portimão, with ROAL Motorsport’s Alberto Cerqui being classified twice second.


Oriola’s success in Race 2 with the Tuenti Racing Team SEAT León was especially brilliant as he finished second overall behind Alain Menu, claiming his first WTCC podium. “It was the best day of my life! It was a tough race, especially in the first part, as I had to fight with Coronel. After overtaking him I pushed to create a gap, because I knew that his car would be faster towards the end of the race.”


Michelisz and his Zengö Motorsport BMW 320 TC had won the first race and were classified fourth overall after Yvan Muller, Gabriele Tarquini and Rob Huff: “To win the Yokohama Trophy race was my goal and I focused on it instead of trying to chase the top three. Frankly I expected my car to be more competitive, especially in the second half of the race. I pushed hard, but could not follow the others.”


Oriola is now leading the standings with 106 points, ten more than Michelisz. Their closest competitor is Stefano D’Aste of Wiechers-Sport who lies third, 23 further points adrift.               

 

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08.06.2012 / MaP

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