Mehdi Bennani and Tom Chilton spared some blushes for Citroen as they produced a marvellous 1-2 result for the manufacturer in their privateer entries at a wet Hungaroring as both the factory team and Honda paid the price for poor tyre calls

With slippery conditions greeting the field as they filed up on the grid, a number of teams nonetheless took a punt on slick rubber or a slick-wet mix, with both Jose Maria Lopez and Yvan Muller, Tiago Monteiro and Gabriele Tarquini taking the risk.

However, it was quickly clear at the start of the race that full wets was the correct choice, allowing several of the more unassuming drivers to rise through the order as the better fancied drivers plummeted out of the contention swiftly.

Starting from a reverse grid pole position, Moroccan racer Bennani played it safe with full wet tyres in the Sebastien Loeb Racing Citroen and after getting the jump from the start, simply managed the lead thereafter with a highly accomplished victory, his second in WTCC but his first since 2014.

His efforts were matched - if not exceeded - by a storming drive in the wet from team-mate Chilton, who scythed through the order from 11th on the grid to grab his first podium with SLR to ensure Citroen still come away with maximum manufacturer points.

Title contenders Lopez and Muller, however, may be less enamoured as they endured a dismal race, slipping to the back of the field early on before dropping a lap down when they eventually admitted defeated and pitted for wet rubber. Despite quick pace at the end, neither recovered into the top ten, though Lopez can take heart from the fact main title rivals Monteiro also finished outside the points for the same reason, while home hero Norbert Michelisz didn't start at all after his Honda came to a halt on the formation lap.

Despite complaining about his LADA Vesta, Nicky Catsburg completed the podium for the Russian team, denying Fredrik Ekblom and Volvo their first top three, the Swedish driver running second for much of the race before slipping back to a nonetheless season-best fourth.

Pitting at the end of the formation lap to fit wet tyres having intended to run slicks, Tarquini proved the gulf in performance between the two choices by quickly making headway, climbing all the way to fifth position, while Hugo Valente completed a strong race for LADA in sixth.

Gregoire Demousiter and John Filippi secured their best-ever WTCC finishes in seventh and eighth, though the latter looked capable of a surprise top five finish after showing impressive pace early on, only to be penalised with a drive-thru penalty for jumping the start.

Similarly, little known Ferenc Ficza had his better tyre choice to thank for a fine ninth place finish in the Zengo Honda, while Rene Munnich compounded the Honda team's race by getting past Rob Huff - on a mix of slick and wet rubber - for tenth late on.