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Michelisz: it was hard without Tiago in the WTCC

Michelisz: it was hard without Tiago in the WTCC

17/10/2017 06:00

Norbert Michelisz has revealed racing in the FIA World Touring Car Championship without team-mate Tiago Monteiro by his side “wasn’t easy”.

Michelisz maintained his push for the WTCC crown with strong finishes in both races in China, leaving him just two points off the title summit with six races remaining.

He and Monteiro are in their second season as works Honda team-mates but with Monteiro recuperating following his testing crash, Gabriele Tarquini returned to the factory line-up at the all-new Ningbo International Speedpark.

“It’s just incredibly sad not to have Tiago with us,” said Michelisz. “We appreciate his presence. We appreciate his professionalism. But mostly, to be honest, I appreciate his person. It was quite strange him not being with us. I tried to stay focused. I also received the news quite late [he wouldn’t be racing] and it wasn’t easy to be professional because you try to do your best, you try to forget things than can affect your performance.

“But in first place you are always humans and there are some things in the race you cannot really control. I really hope Tiago is back and I am really happy for one reason the race was stopped today and this is because Tiago is still in the fight for the championship. I really hope he comes back. I know he’s a fighter, I know he’s working hard and I expect him to be back soon.”

The 2017 FIA World Touring Car Championship season heads to Qatar next for a thrilling showdown with three prestigious titles still up for grabs.

Rob Huff joined fellow winners Edoardo Mortara and Daniel Ticktum in celebrating their respective triumphs in Macau this afternoon.

A faultless display on his Macau debut has ensured that Thed Björk tops the FIA World Touring Car Championship for Manufacturers’ heading to the season-closing double-header in Qatar later this month.

Rob Huff made history by winning for a record-breaking ninth time around the Guia street track as he dominated a wet Main Race at FIA WTCC JVCKENWOOD Race of Macau while Norbert Michelisz cut Thed Björk’s title lead to 6.5 points with two races left in Qatar next month.

Rob Huff claimed the TAG Heuer Best Lap Trophy to cap a successful FIA WTCC JVCKENWOOD Race of Macau weekend for the ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport driver.

Former world champion Rob Huff has claimed a record-breaking ninth Guia Race win as he dominated a wet Main Race at FIA WTCC JVCKENWOOD Race of Macau.