Priaulx takes first WTCR win of 2019 in Macau finale

Three-time World Touring Car champion Andy Priaulx claimed his first WTCR victory by holding off Rob Huff in a tense Macau Guia Race finale, completing a hat-trick of wins for Lynk & Co.

Priaulx, who has two previous Guia Race wins from his BMW World Touring Car Championship spell, set up victory by passing polesitter Huff before the approach to the Reservoir kink at the start of the race.

While Huff’s Sebastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen was able to close up in the second and third sectors on the mountain, Priaulx had superior drive off the Melco hairpin each time and was able to gap his compatriot through the final sector in preparation for the long run to Lisboa.

Huff set the fastest lap on the antepenultimate tour in one final bid to close in on Priaulx, but the Cyan Racing Lynk & Co driver went faster still on the following lap.

Huff closed up once more in the third and fourth sectors, but Priaulx held tight to clinch his first World Touring Car win in nine years – also denying Huff a record 10th win in Macau.

Jean-Karl Vernay jostled with Huff and his teammate Johan Kristoffersson at the start, settling into third place at Lisboa in his WRT Audi.

Some way behind the lead quartet, Thed Bjork had occupied fifth, but dropped two positions on the final lap to boost Cyan teammate Yvan Muller’s points haul.

BRC Racing Hyundai driver Nicky Catsburg instead claimed the place, having kept Muller at bay, while the fourth Lynk & Co of Yann Ehrlacher came home eighth, ahead of Kevin Ceccon (Mulsanne Alfa Romeo) and title hopeful Esteban Guerrieri (Munnich Honda).

Points leader Norbert Michelisz was 12th in his BRC Racing Hyundai. He now has nine points in hand over Guerrieri, while Muller is two points further back in third.

Race results:

1111Guernsey Andy PriaulxLynk & Co11
212United Kingdom Rob HuffVolkswagen110.352
369France Jean-Karl VernayAudi111.193
414Sweden Johan KristofferssonVolkswagen111.855
588Netherlands Nick CatsburgHyundai1120.030
6100France Yvan MullerLynk & Co1121.096
711Sweden Thed BjörkLynk & Co1121.552
868France Yann EhrlacherLynk & Co1122.194
931Italy Kevin CecconAlfa Romeo1122.565
1086Argentina Esteban GuerrieriHonda1123.506
1150Netherlands Tom CoronelCUPRA1123.884
125Hungary Norbert MicheliszHyundai1124.597
1310Netherlands Niels LangeveldAudi1125.054
146Germany Luca EngstlerHyundai1127.552
1522Belgium Frederic VervischAudi1127.925
169Hungary Attila TassiHonda1129.259
1729Argentina Nestor GirolamiHonda1130.140
1825Morocco Mehdi BennaniVolkswagen1130.527
1918Portugal Tiago MonteiroHonda1131.317
2096Spain Mikel AzconaCUPRA1131.500
2133Germany Benjamin LeuchterVolkswagen1132.319
2255China Ma Qing HuaAlfa Romeo1134.602
2321France Aurelien PanisCUPRA1137.051
242Sweden Robert DahlgrenCUPRA1139.756
2536Lo KaiAudi1151.272
261Italy Gabriele TarquiniHyundai38 Laps

Priaulx takes first WTCR win of 2019 in Macau finale

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