Tiago Monteiro increased his FIA World Touring Car Championship lead with a superb victory for Honda at the Hungaroring.
Having started the Opening Race from second place, the Portuguese driver made a strong getaway to immediately move into a lead he would never lose.
His second victory of the season was also the 11th of his WTCC career and maintained his record of having finished on the podium at every round of the 2017 season so far.
Coupled with the vital points secured with a hard-fought fifth spot in the Main Race, Tiago’s advantage at the head of the Drivers’ Championship is now 38 points.
In contrast to Monteiro’s success, his Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team-mate Norbert Michelisz’s race day was an extremely frustrating one.
In front of 35,000 adoring raceday fans at his home circuit, the Hungarian started fifth in the Opening Race, and expertly climbed to third by the second corner.
Sadly, he was hit three times before half a lap had been completed and sustained a left-front puncture plus further left-side damage, which led to an early retirement.
Fourth place in the Main Race – two places ahead of his starting position – was a strong performance with which to end the day. Norbert lies eighth in the Drivers’ Championship.
Ryo Michigami recorded his first double-finish of the 2017 season; the Japanese driver battling hard to 11th place in the Opening Race and 13th in the Main event.
The day’s results mean Honda are second in the Manufacturers’ Championship, only 12 points away from the lead, with seven rounds remaining.
The next round takes place at the legendary Nurburgring Nordschleife in Germany on May 26-27.