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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.

Tom Coronel claimed his first podium in this season’s FIA World Touring Car Championship – and then revealed how a casino visit last night had brought him much-needed luck.

FIA World Touring Car Championship title chaser Norbert Michelisz said his crash in the Opening Race at WTCC JVCKENWOOD Race of Macau this afternoon has left him feeling like a volcano inside.

Mehdi Bennani led all the way to claim victory in the Opening Race at WTCC JVCKENWOOD Race of Macau as FIA World Touring Car Championship title contender Norbert Michelisz was involved a crash that stopped the exciting action early on the tight Guia street track.

Mehdi Bennani led all the way to claim victory in the Opening Race at WTCC JVCKENWOOD Race of Macau as FIA World Touring Car Championship title contender Norbert Michelisz was involved a crash that stopped the action early on the tight Guia street track.

Kevin Gleason marked his return to Macau with a career-best qualifying performance that could boost his bid for a maiden podium finish in the upcoming FIA World Touring Car Championship street races.

Nicky Catsburg reckoned he had the pace to start on the front row for Sunday’s Main Race at WTCC JVCKENWOOD Race of Macau – but will instead line up closer to the back after he crashed in the opening part of qualifying this afternoon.