At least the Ladas could make the grid this time, unlike in Monza where they had an embarrassing and major crash in practice, though they failed to make the top 10.
Tom Boardman who had posted the 20th fastest lap in Q1, had all his times disallowed by the Stewards due to a ride height infringement and had to start from the back.
The doctors of Budapest’s Military Hospital kept Gabriele Tarquini in overnight. The Italian driver suffered from pains at the neck, a consequence for the violent crash occurred the second race, therefore was kept under observation
Franz Engstler, the other driver involved,was discharged.
A trio of Chevrolet drivers – Yvan Muller, Tom Chilton and James Nash – topped the time sheet in the second free practice of the day at the Hungaroring, proving you don’t need factory backing to be quick.
D’Aste just missed out on a top 10 in race 2, having battled with Darryl O’Young during the race
Munnich is getting to grips with his All-Inlk.com Seat, no doubt helped by teammate Rob Huff who took the team’s first win in the Championship
The weekend in brief
Yvan Muller and Rob Huff won one race apiece in the fourth event of the WTCC that took place at the Hungaroring.
This has been a very common happening in recent years, when they were both racing for the Chevrolet factory team and fighting for the world title. However, things has changed and if Muller with the RML Cruze is still the man to beat, Huff jumping back on the highest podium brings a new excitement to the current season.
The Briton fully deserved this success. The first for him in WTCC not at the wheel of a Chevrolet; and also the first for the German ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport, on their first touring car season.
Looking at the Drivers’ Championship’s standings it is quite clear that Muller’s ability to deliver consistent results on top is helping him to open a gap. Despite this, race after race the 2013 WTCC is proving to be as balanced as ever.
Huff was the sixth different winner over eight races and four different manufacturers have already scored at least one victory.
For sure the many fans who came to the track in support of Norbert Michelisz were a bit disappointed that all their cheering did not help the local hero to repeat his 2012 win. However the young Hungarian did not upset them, delivering two brilliant performances and finishing runner up to Muller in Race 1.
More action was provided by the Yokohama Trophy competitors, who fought on equal level with more experienced drivers. Mehdi Bennani emerged as the trophy’s winner in both races and finished a close second overall in Race 2. His best result ever in WTCC.
The bamboo-engineering duo of Alex MacDowall and James Nash scored a pocketful of points and even managed to keep the RML Chevrolet cars behind in Race 2. They have the potential to aim soon for overall victories.
The championship will resume in Austria, at the Salzburgring, on May 18 and 19 for rounds 9 and 10.
Results can be found here
Photos by Steve Sziklai, May 2013
Words by the FIA WTCC
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