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TAG Heuer Fastest Lap Trophy: WTCC consolation for Catsburg

TAG Heuer Fastest Lap Trophy: WTCC consolation for Catsburg

16/07/2017 22:08

Nicky Catsburg claimed the TAG Heuer Fastest Lap Trophy at the WTCC Race of Argentina, but it will be little more than a consolation prize after the Volvo driver lost a certain victory.

The Polestar Cyan Racing Volvo ace was holding a commanding lead in the Main Race at the Circuito Termas de Río Hondo when his S60 suffered a second left-front puncture hot on the heels of an identical failure in the Opening Race. Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team’s Norbert Michelisz inherited the lead and the subsequent race victory.

But Catsburg had already done enough to secure the TAG Heuer Fastest lap Trophy by lapping the 4.8km circuit in 1m44.480s on lap four, just three before his heartbreaking puncture.

Volvo team-mate Thed Björk had set the fastest lap of the Opening Race with a time of 1m44.727s on his way to an eventful sixth place finish.

Zsolt Dávid Szabó completed his FIA World Touring Car Championship debut in Argentina last weekend by underlining his desire to return to the track when WTCC 2017 resumes in China in mid-October.

Yann Ehrlacher was applauded and praised by his rivals following his maiden FIA World Touring Car Championship victory.

Mehdi Bennani reckoned he over-achieved at WTCC Race of Argentina by scoring his third podium of 2017 to remain firmly in the hunt for the FIA World Touring Car Championship.

Four-time WTCC champion Yvan Muller isn’t surprised that his nephew, Yann Ehrlacher, is a winner in the FIA World Touring Car Championship – revealing that he always expected the 21-year-old would reach the top of the podium.

The chase for WTCC Trophy title success intensified when the FIA World Touring Car Championship visited Argentina last week.

Esteban Guerrieri used his home rounds of the FIA World Touring Car Championship to deliver one of his best weekends in the WTCC so far with a third and a fourth in the two races at Circuito Termas de Río Hondo.