Attila Tassi scored his maiden victory in the WTCR - FIA World Touring Car Cup with a composed drive in the second race at Estoril on Sunday to put ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport in the lead of the Teams’ Championship.
In a race where two of his fellow Honda Racing drivers might have taken top honours in different circumstances, the 22-year-old made sure he was in the right place to give the team its second win in as many race weekends at the start of the 2021 season.
Attila started the race fourth, burst into second off the line and held the position into Turn 1 despite a hit from behind, then passed his team-mate Tiago Monteiro when the Portuguese driver’s bonnet came loose before holding off a train of cars in the closing stages.
Having earlier finished seventh in Race One - in which he was also hit at the first corner - Attila was the highest points scorer in Portugal and is now second in the Drivers’ Championship, five off the leader.
The victory made up for disappointment on the other side of the ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport garage as a faultless drive in Race Two from Tiago went unrewarded.
Having raced more than three seconds clear of the pack, Tiago ceded the lead with less than six laps to go before pitting to have his bonnet strapped down, and finished the race in 18th. Nevertheless, fourth place in race one meant he ended the weekend within 10 points of the standings lead in a share of fifth overall.
Esteban Guerrieri started Race Two from pole position, but a slow getaway meant he dropped into the midfield on the opening lap. Having taken the restart following a Safety Car period in 16th, the Argentinian battled his way back through the order and eventually claimed eighth in his ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Civic Type R TCR.
It marked the second round in a row where Esteban missed out on a bigger points haul than promised, though his eighth place in Race Two coupled with a fifth-place finish in Race One elevated him to joint-fifth in the points with Tiago.
Nestor Girolami had a tough opening race, retiring his Civic Type R TCR with front-end damage after contact under braking at the first corner.
The ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport team were forced to neutralise parc ferme conditions to repair the car for Race Two, meaning ‘Bebu’ forfeited his third-place starting spot, but from the back of the grid he produced a strong comeback to finish 13th.
ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport now lead the Teams’ Championship for the first time with 108 points from two rounds, with ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport third in the standings.