WTCR @ Nürburgring:   Yvan Muller is the new leader in the Drivers' standings

WTCR @ Nürburgring: Yvan Muller is the new leader in the Drivers' standings

16.05.2018: The third WTCR event on the Nordschleife shook the championship classification. Gabriele Tarquini, who was leading the standings since the first race in Marrakech, remained scoreless in Germany and dropped

The third WTCR event on the Nordschleife shook the championship classification. Gabriele Tarquini, who was leading the standings since the first race in Marrakech, remained scoreless in Germany and dropped to second, 19 points behind Yvan Muller.



The three races at the Nürburgring were won by three different drivers: Muller, Esteban Guerrieri (Honda) and Thed Björk, which increased the number of winners to seven in nine races. However, the excellence of the Hyundai i30 N cars is highlighted by the fact that Muller (137 points), Tarquini (118), Björk (112) and Norbert Michelisz (102) are the first four in the standings. The best of the rest is Yann Ehrlacher, fifth with 91 points.



In Race 1, Muller took his first win of the season, and the first since he came back to racing with his own M Racing YMR squad. The Frenchman built his success at the start, stealing the lead from his teammate Björk who was on pole.




Rob Huff drove the Sébastian Loeb Racing Volkswagen Golf GTI to a podium finish, beating by a slim margin Michelisz, who saved BRC Racing’s day after Gabriele Tarquini went off the track at the end of the first lap.




Guerrieri literally flew to take an authoritative win in Race 2. The Argentine drove his Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic to victory, ahead of Pepe Oriola’s Campos Racing Cupra.



Frédéric Vervisch with the Comtoyou Audi RS3 LMS won the exciting battle for third place, overtaking Muller on the long straight. Tarquini crashed just like in Thursday’s Race 1, but this time it was not his fault as his car was hit by Gordon Shedden's Audi and the Scot received a 30-second penalty for this.



The incident prevented Tarquini from starting in the third race that saw Björk scoring his maiden victory in WTCR. The Swede led from lights to flag, beating Vervisch and Muller. There was a dramatic fight behind the leading trio between Guerrieri, Huff, Benjamin Lessennes and Michelisz.



On the last lap Huff was losing power and defending the sixth place from Michelisz when they came together and crashed. This will result in a drop of five places for Michelisz on the grid for Race 1 at Zandvoort.



 Guerrieri was also handed a 10-second penalty for an earlier incident and Lessennes inherited a well deserved fourth place.



Fabio Ravaioli,  Photos AutoMobilSport.com


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