Girolami takes brilliant Hungaroring WTCR podium
Nestor Girolami kept himself in the thick of the WTCR - FIA World Touring Car Cup title fight with two determined performances on race day at the Hungaroring, which included a podium in Race Two.
The maximum compensation weight being carried by the Honda Civic Type R TCR, at what is traditionally a stronghold for the car, hampered all four drivers but ‘Bebu’ recorded two top 10s, headlined by a third-place finish.
The Argentinian managed to hold third at the start, then placed his car perfectly over the remainder of the 14-lap distance - saving his push on new tyres for the final three corners of the 4.381-kilometre circuit to ensure he had a gap to the car behind on the run to Turn 1.
As a result of that podium, he ended the weekend second in the Drivers’ standings - nine points off the summit - following a similarly calculated drive to seventh in Race One.
There, he and ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport team-mate Esteban Guerrieri fought valiantly to keep cars behind.
Esteban spent the early part of Race One behind Nestor and eventually finished in ninth.
Ahead of Race Two he and the team tried a change of set-up direction, but this did not pay off and as a result he opted to bank points, crossing the line in 11th.
Like qualifying on Saturday, race day was a difficult one for LIQUI MOLY Team Engstler pair Attila Tassi and Tiago Monteiro.
In front of his home crowd, Attila plugged away in both races and brought home a pair of 14th-place finishes, which he felt was the maximum available.
Tiago was right behind his team-mate in Race Two in the last of the points-paying positions, having finished just outside of them in 16th in Race One.