WTCC: Norbert Michelisz wins from pole

WTCC: Michelisz wins from pole

25/06/2017 at 19:25Updated 25/06/2017 at 20:27

Norbert Michelisz led all the way to claim an assured FIA World Touring Car Championship victory in the Main Race of the WTCC Race of Portugal in Vila Real.

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The Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team driver led Polestar Cyan Racing’s Thed Björk and local hero Tiago Monteiro all the way over the course of the 13-lap race. Monteiro’s third place in his Honda Civic WTCC consolidated his new lead in the title standings, which he’d taken from Volvo S60 driver Nicky Catsberg in the Opening Race on the spectacular 4.785-kilometre street circuit.

“This is just incredible,” said Michelisz, who has been suffering with a poorly stomach all week. “I must offer a huge thank you to the team because the car was brilliant. In some stages I was controlling the race, but then Thed was closing the gap, so I had to push.

“Since the Nürburgring I’ve been back on it. Expect an action packed rest of the season from my side.”

More to follow.