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Norbert Michelisz gave the Hungarian fans what they came to see by claiming a dominant first World Touring Car Championship win since 2013 on home soil at the Hungaroring.

Having intentionally focused on securing a good grid position for race two in qualifying yesterday, Michelisz - who finished eighth in race one- made full use of his reverse grid pole position to get the best getaway and lead into the opening bends.

From here, the Hungarian was in sublime form in front of a thrilled crowd, running almost a full second a lap quicker than his rivals to win by more than seven seconds. The result marks his first win since Japan 2013 and his first since the switch to TC1 regulations.

Similar to the first race, the positions were largely decided from the first bends, with Tom Coronel getting the jump on ROAL Chevrolet team-mate Tom Chilton down to the first corner and slowly edging away as the pair ensured a Citroen-less podium.

Honda's Tiago Monteiro held off the race-long advances from Sebastien Loeb to keep hold of fourth, while Jose Maria Lopez finished off the podium for the first time this season but still picked up useful points for sixth, ensuring he leaves Hungary with an extended series lead of 33 points.

Yvan Muller followed Lopez home for seventh - now a sizeable 43 points off the front -, ahead of Hugo Valente and Ma Qing Hua, who lost time at the start after a messy opening bend which saw the Citroens jostling for position and making contact with one another. Even so, the Chinese driver fared better than Rob Huff, who came out worst when the squeezed Hua struck the LADA and spun him off into the barriers.

 

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