Nicky Catsburg secures podium from controversial WTCC weekend in Hungary

Nicky Catsburg claimed his first podium finish of 2017 in a controversial FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) weekend in Hungary, climbing to second in the championship, as team-mates Thed Björk and Néstor Girolami had one retirement each.

“I’m so happy to claim a very important podium finish. The incident with Néstor was unfortunate, I couldn’t do anything about it as Rob hit me from behind. But props to Rob as he admitted hitting me. I must say that I am surprised with our form, being faster than Honda on full weight and that promises well for the coming races,” said Nicky Catsburg, who finished second in the main race.

The Polestar Cyan Racing trio was strong in qualifying at the demanding Hungaroring, beating main championship rivals Honda despite running on maximum compensation weight for the first time.

Néstor Girolami managed to climb from sixth on the grid to finish fourth in the first race. The Argentinian was forced to retire from the second race while on a podium position after an incident that Rob Huff was penalized for.

“Just as in the previous race at Monza, the incident was something outside of my control. Rob hit Nicky who hit me, something broke on my car and I had to retire. The weekend was disappointing because another driver did a mistake that affected me, but it was not disappointing in terms of speed as we were faster than the Honda drivers,” said Néstor Girolami.

Thed Björk had a tough weekend in Hungary, dropping from second to fourth in the drivers’ championship after being hit by a competitor at the start of the first race, causing a steering arm to break. The second race saw the Swede salvaging seventh.

“This is obviously a disappointing weekend for me. We didn’t get it right in qualifying, then the first race ended on the first lap. I was hit by Chilton that broke my steering arm and caused me to collide with Michelisz. But I’m still in good spirits, you can’t go through a season without a bad weekend. I am very much looking forward to the next race at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, my favorite,” said Thed Björk.

The manufacturers’ standings are unchanged after Hungaroring, with equal points scored between Volvo and Honda. The gap is still on 12 points in favor of Volvo ahead of the next race weekend at the Nürburgring Nordschleife on May 25-27th.

“A fantastic race event in front of, hands down, the best crowd of the whole WTCC calendar. However this was a tough weekend in which we did not reach our objectives. Sometimes you are denied the results although you have the speed – that’s racing. We simply have to shake this off and focus on the next race in Germany,” said Alexander Murdzevski Schedvin, Head of Motorsport at Polestar.

Get ready for the FIA WTCC Race of Germany in two weeks’ time at: http://wtcc.polestar.com

WTCC Race of Hungary
Circuit: Hungaroring
Length: 4381 m
Lap record (WTCC): 1:50.119 (Muller)

Results
Race 1 – Top 5
1 Tiago Monteiro Honda Civic 12 laps
2 Tom Chilton Citroën C-Elysée +0.768
3 Rob Huff Citroën C-Elysée +2.296
4 Néstor Girolami Volvo S60 +4.537
5 Nicky Catsburg Volvo S60 +5.221

DNF Thed Björk Volvo S60

Race 2 – Top 5
1 Mehdi Bennani Citroën C-Elysée 17 laps
2 Nicky Catsburg Volvo S60 +0.654
3 Tom Chilton Citroën C-Elysée +3.553
4 Norbert Michelisz Honda Civic +7.309
5 Tiago Monteiro Honda Civic +9.532

7 Thed Björk Volvo S60 +11.865
DNF Néstor Girolami Volvo S60

Q1 – Top 5
1 Nicky Catsburg Volvo S60 1:48.995
2 Rob Huff Citroën C-Elysée +0.003
3 Tiago Monteiro Honda Civic +0.076
4 Néstor Girolami Volvo S60 +0.116
5 Esteban Guerrieri Chevrolet Cruze +0.236

6 Thed Björk Volvo S60 +0.434

Q2 – Top 5
1 Rob Huff Citroën C-Elysée 1:48.494
2 Esteban Guerrieri Chevrolet Cruze +0.125
3 Mehdi Bennani Citroën C-Elysée +0.191
4 Néstor Girolami Volvo S60 +0.261
5 Nicky Catsburg Volvo S60 +0.328

8 Thed Björk Volvo S60 +0.609

Q3
1 Rob Huff Citroën C-Elysée 1:48.264
2 Mehdi Bennani Citroën C-Elysée +0.327
3 Esteban Guerrieri Chevrolet Cruze +0.632
4 Nicky Catsburg Volvo S60 +0.677
5 Néstor Girolami Volvo S60 +1.410

Championship Standings
Drivers’ – Top 5
1 Tiago Monteiro Honda Civic 123 pts
2 Nicky Catsburg Volvo S60 85 (-38)
3 Tom Chilton Citroën C-Elysée 81 (-42)
4 Thed Björk Volvo S60 77 (-46)
5 Mehdi Bennani Citroën C-Elysée 73 (-50)

9 Néstor Girolami Volvo S60 52 (-71)

Manufacturers’
1 Volvo 294 pts
2 Honda 282 (-12)

Compensation weights for Hungary
Model – Time difference – Weight
Volvo S60 Polestar – 0.0 sec – +80 kg
Honda Civic – 0.0 sec – +80 kg
Citroën C-Elysée – +0.2 sec – +60 kg
Chevrolet Cruze – +0.8 sec – +0 kg
Lada Vesta +1.6 sec +0 kg

TV Schedule
https://www.fiawtcc.com/watch-it-on-tv/
http://www.eurosportplayer.com

2017 FIA World Touring Car Championship Entry List
No – Driver – Team – Car
3 – Tom Chilton – GBR – Sébastien Loeb Racing – Citroën C-Elysée
5 – Norbert Michelisz – HUN – Honda Racing Team JAS – Honda Civic
8 – Aurélien Panis – FRA – Zengő Motorsport – Honda Civic WTCC
9 – Tom Coronel – NED – ROAL Motorsport – Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1
12 – Rob Huff – GBR – Münnich Motorsport – Citroën C-Elysée WTCC
18 – Tiago Monteiro – POR – Honda Racing Team JAS – Honda Civic
24 – Kevin Gleason – USA – RC Motorsport – Lada Vesta WTCC
25 – Mehdi Bennani – MOR – Sébastien Loeb Racing – Citroën C-Elysée
27 – John Filippi – FRA – Sébastien Loeb Racing – Citroën C-Elysée
34 – Ryo Michigami – Honda Racing Team JAS – Honda Civic WTCC
61 – Néstor Girolami – ARG – Polestar Cyan Racing – Volvo S60 TC1
62 – Thed Björk – SWE – Polestar Cyan Racing – Volvo S60 TC1
63 – Nicky Catsburg – NED – Polestar Cyan Racing – Volvo S60 TC1
68 – Yann Ehrlacher – FRA – RC Motorsport – Lada Vesta WTCC
86 – Esteban Guerrieri – ARG – Campos Racing – Chevrolet Cruze TC1
99 – Daniel Nagy – HUN – Zengő Motorsport – Honda Civic WTCC

FIA World Touring Car Championship 2017 Calendar
WTCC Race of Morocco (Marrakech): 7-9 April S
WTCC Race of Italy (Monza): 28-30 April
WTCC Race of Hungary (Hungaroring): 12-14 May
WTCC Race of Germany (Nürburgring Nordschleife): 25-27 May
WTCC Race of Portugal (Vila Real): 23-25 June S
WTCC Race of Argentina (Termas de Río Hondo): 15-16 July
WTCC Race of China (Shanghai Ningbo Circuit): 13-15 October
WTCC Race of Japan (Twin Ring Motegi): 27-29 October
WTCC Race of Macau (Circuit de Guia): 17-19 November S
WTCC Race of Qatar (Losail International Circuit): 30 November-1 December N

S = Street race
N = Night Race

Contact Details
Johan Meissner, Press Manager
johan.meissner@polestar.com
+46(0)70 241 3234

About Polestar
Polestar is the performance brand of Volvo Cars. The company was founded as a motorsport team in 1996 and has been successful in numerous championships, racing with various Volvo models. In 2009, Polestar started to offer performance related products and thereby intensified the business relations with Volvo Cars. The first performance cars, based on Volvo’s S60 and V60, were launched in 2014.
In 2015, Volvo Cars acquired the performance unit of Polestar, as a strong commitment towards a credible performance offer and with the mission to define future premium performance.

About Cyan Racing
Cyan Racing is the motorsport partner to Polestar was founded as a motorsport team in 1996 and has been successful in numerous championships. The company is owned by Christian Dahl and handles all motorsport operations of Polestar. Cyan Racing, formerly named Polestar Racing, has claimed seven STCC drivers’ titles and eight STCC teams’ titles with the Volvo 850, S40, C30 and S60.