June 16, 2020
Esteban Guerrieri and birthday boy Attila Tassi put the virtual version of the Honda Civic Type R TCR on top of the world by winning the two Salzburgring races that kicked off the Pre-season Esports WTCR Championship.
Argentinian Esteban made it through to the superpole session for the first of the series’ six rounds and qualified third at the virtual version of the Austrian circuit, which is due to host the opening round of real-life 2020 season in September.
Having held his position on the run to the tricky Turn 1/2 chicane at the start of race one, the ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport driver was gifted the lead when the two front-row starters tangled, and drove a commanding race thereafter – keeping the chasing pack out of slipstream range to win by 1.733 seconds.
A solid run to eighth in race two gave Esteban, who finished runner-up in the real-life 2019 WTCR season, an early five-point lead in the Drivers’ Championship standings.
ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport racer Attila suffered a disappointing opening race, as he was eliminated on the opening lap, but responded in the best way possible with victory in race two.
Starting second on the partially reversed grid, Attila held position into the chicane but quickly pounced and took the lead when the polesitter skipped over the gravel, before setting about gapping the rest of the field.
Though the Hungarian was caught late on, he put up a stout defence of the lead and resisted a last-lap challenge – with his reward for doing so a victory on the day of his 21st birthday. Attila holds fifth place in the standings after the opening round.
Nestor Girolami mistimed his qualifying run and started races one and two from 13th, but fought his way up the order in both counters.
Having avoided trouble at the chicane on lap one, ‘Bebu’ steadily climbed the pack to finish race one in sixth place, then headed ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport team-mate Guerrieri home over the line in race two.
Tiago Monteiro made it three Civic Type R TCRs in the top 10 in race one with a fine seventh place, but dropped out of race two on the opening lap while on the cusp of the top 10.