Morbidelli Ends Citroen Run with Race 2 Win in Hungary

Gianni Morbidelli - Photo Credit: FIA WTCC
Gianni Morbidelli - Photo Credit: FIA WTCC

Gianni Morbidelli brought an end to Citroen’s unbeaten record in the World Touring Car Championship with a win in race two at the Hungaroring.

Morbidelli took the lead in his Munnich Motorsport Chevrolet at the start of the race from second on the grid, with Tiago Monteiro getting a flying start to go from seventh to P2 in his Castrol Honda.

With overtaking at a premium, Morbidelli appeared to have the race in the bag until contact was made between the leading pair at the chicane on the very last lap. Morbidelli managed to retain the lead, albeit with pole-sitter Hugo Valente closing onto the back of the fight, but the Italian veteran held on to claim his first WTCC victory.

The difficulty of overtaking around the tight Hungarian circuit with the increased aerodynamics of the 2014 cars meant that the top Citroen driver Yvan Muller was only fifth. He and team-mate Jose Maria Lopez spent the race stuck behind Tom Coronel, unable to find a way past. Lopez has a ten point lead over Muller in the standings ahead of next week’s trip to Slovakia.

Tom Chilton was seventh ahead of Gabriele Tarquini and Sebastien Loeb, while local hero Norbert Michelisz ended a low-key weekend where he started the race in tenth.