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WTCR Hungaroring: Reversed-grid race win for VW driver Rob Huff

Rob Huff WTCR Hungaroring 2018

Rob Huff clinched his first victory in the new World Touring Car Cup in the reversed-grid race at the Hungaroring after shaking off a challenge from wildcard Daniel Nagy.

Huff was only promoted to 10th in the qualifying classification - and, as a result, pole for the race - after the session had finished, but the Briton made the most of his opportunity from the front of the grid and led from start to finish.

Having held the lead after the initial launch phase, Huff moved over to the right-hand side of the circuit to cover off Nagy's line on the approach to the Turn 1 hairpin and had enough room on the exit of the corner to ease to the inside approaching Turn 2.

Nagy's mirrors were filled by the similar Hyundai i30 N of Yvan Muller on the opening lap, and the Hungarian had to move over quickly to shut off a couple of attempts from Muller, including through the flowing Turns 8 and 9.

But Nagy quickly shook off the attentions of the four-time World Touring Car champion and was able to edge closer to Huff, particularly at the end of the lap as he hugged a tighter line through the hairpin onto the back straight than Huff could manage.

Despite that, Huff's lead never came under threat and, having built a buffer of half a second back to Nagy, the Sebastien Loeb Racing driver completed the final laps of the race without issue to clinch Volkswagen's first win in World Touring Cars.

Nagy came home a brilliant second and was comfortably clear of Muller, who completed the podium.

The Frenchman had faced pressure from the Munnich Motorsport Honda Civic of Esteban Guerrieri into the closing stages of the 12-lap race, but any threat of an attack fell away when Guerrieri was caught by the BRC Racing Hyundai of Gabriele Tarquini.

Championship leader Tarquini, who caught the leading group after clearing Huff's SLR team-mate Mehdi Bennani, switched back inside Guerrieri on the approach to the Turn 2 left-hander with three laps to go and eased his Hyundai out wide through the corner. He made contact with the Civic as he completed the overtake.

Tarquini ran out of time to catch Muller and crossed the line in fourth with Guerrieri for close company, while the second BRC Hyundai of race three polesitter Norbert Michelisz came home sixth.

Bennani finished ahead of Benjamin Lessennes, who stayed out of trouble to clinch eighth, while David Zsolt Szabo resisted pressure from the WRT Audi RS3 LMS of Jean-Karl Vernay to score the Zengo Motorsport Cupra squad's first points of the season.

Guerrieri's Munnich Motorsport team-mates Yann Ehrlacher and James Thompson both had chances to score points, but Ehrlacher pitted at the end of lap five after reporting power issues over the radio and Thompson dropped down the order at the start of the following lap.

Race two result

PosDriverTeamCarGap
1Rob HuffSebastien Loeb RacingVolkswagen23m11.390s
2Daniel NagyM1RAHyundai0.562s
3Yvan MullerYMRHyundai2.200s
4Gabriele TarquiniBRC Racing TeamHyundai2.659s
5Esteban GuerrieriMunnich MotorsportHonda3.050s
6Norbert MicheliszBRC Racing TeamHyundai4.252s
7Mehdi BennaniSebastien Loeb RacingVolkswagen8.529s
8Benjamin LessennesBoutsen Ginion RacingHonda13.453s
9Zsolt SzaboZengo MotorsportCupra19.460s
10Jean-Karl VernayWRTAudi19.896s
11Norbert NagyZengo MotorsportCupra22.475s
12Thed BjorkYMRHyundai22.855s
13John FilippiCampos RacingCupra24.007s
14Nathanael BerthonComtoyou RacingAudi24.480s
15Gordon SheddenWRTAudi25.916s
16Aurelien ComteDG Sport CompetitionPeugeot26.732s
17Frederic VervischComtoyou RacingAudi27.115s
18Attila TassiKCMGHonda27.832s
19Tom CoronelBoutsen Ginion RacingHonda31.597s
20Aurelien PanisComtoyou RacingAudi33.739s
21Denis DupontComtoyou RacingAudi39.207s
22Gianni MorbidelliTeam MulsanneAlfa Romeo44.396s
23Fabrizio GiovanardiTeam MulsanneAlfa Romeo1m00.037s
-Yann EhrlacherMunnich MotorsportHondaRetirement
-James ThompsonMunnich MotorsportHondaRetirement
-Mat'o HomolaDG Sport CompetitionPeugeotRetirement
-Pepe OriolaCampos RacingCupraRetirement

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