On the Japanese track Motegi ended the eighth stage of the WTCC season in 2017.
Due to delays in shipping automobiles from China to Japan, associated with Typhoon, the main program of the race weekend was moved to Sunday. So for eight hours, the participants had to spend the final training, qualification, time trial and two races MAC3.
All the races of the day as the first practice on Saturday was held in wet conditions. The fastest in these conditions was the rider of the factory team Honda Norbert Michelis. Hungary showed the best time on the results of both parts of the free races, but in qualifying ahead on 0,370 seconds pilot Volvo Nika Katsburga, while the championship leader thed björk was not able to get into Superpole and showed the sixth time, having lost so bonus points.
Reversing the pole was won by the RC Motorsport driver Kevin Gleason. American, he driving a private car Lada Vesta, was ahead by 0.005 seconds of the Zengo Motorsport driver Daniel Nadia in the battle for tenth place.
In the time-trial MAC3 Norbert Michelis along with team-mates Rio Michigami and Esteban Gergeri, replacing Tiago Monteiro also won a landslide victory. A trio of Honda riders rode two laps for 4.25,354. Volvo racers Nick Katsburg Nestor Girolami and Ted björk gave them 2.5 seconds.
Thanks to Michelia pole position and victory in MAC3 Honda, disqualified in the previous stage in China, reduced the gap from Volvo in the standings manufacturers to 60.5 points.
In the opening race of Kevin Gleason couldn’t convert the advantage of starting from the pole position in the first corner behind the pilot Sébastien Loeb Racing’s Tom Chilton, who started at check in with him from the first row. Taking the lead, the Briton began to pull away and in the course of all 11 circles never doubted his superiority. To finish off Chilton amounted to an impressive 13 seconds.
Gleason is not just a missed Chilton at the first corner after the start, but almost lost control. To the second position thus came the partner of the American RC Motorsport Yann Erlacher.
In the future, despite the onslaught from Ted Bjork and Esteban, Gergeri, the young Frenchman managed to stay ahead of the race and a third open in a row, finished at least second place [victory in Argentina and the second place in China].
Gergeri, in a contact fight with Blarcom won third place in his debut race in the part of the factory team Honda.
Norbert Michelis hoped for a breakthrough in eighth place on the starting grid, but after the turn, resulting in contact with Nestor Girolami, fell back outside the top-10 and was forced to catch up positions. Eventually Hungary became the seventh.
Due to heavy rain the main race started behind the safety car after the restart and in combat mode, participants spent only four laps. On the tenth lap race was stopped. But, in contrast to the situation two weeks ago in China, participants received full points because it drove 75% of the race.
In the course of four combat rounds, Michelis, despite the difficult weather conditions kept the lead, and therefore after stopping the race was declared the winner. On the podium with him rose Nick Katsburg and Nestor Girolami, and the fourth became Esteban, Gergeri. Thus, the first four fully corresponds to the order on the starting grid.
One of the few who were overtaken during the short regime of green flags, has become the championship leader thed björk, who finished in fifth place.
Before the next round in Macau, which will be held on November 16-17, Bjork is ahead by 16.5 points came in the second place Michelis. The third line has risen Katsburg, which is behind the companion at the Volvo by 19 points. Tiago Monteiro after missing two stages is now only the fourth and loses 28.5 points.
|1.||Norbert Michelis||Honda Racing Team JAS||2.08,890|
|2.||Nick Katsburg||Cyan Polestar Racing||2.09,260||+0,370|
|3.||Nestor Girolami||Cyan Polestar Racing||2.09,824||+0,934|
|4.||Esteban, Guerrieri||Honda Racing Team JAS||2.10,091||+1,201|
|5.||Rio Michigami||Honda Racing Team JAS||2.10,465||+1,575|
|6.||Ted Björk||Cyan Polestar Racing||2.09,550||+1,139|
|7.||Mehdi Bennani||Sebastien Loeb Racing||2.09,627||+1,216|
|8.||Yann Erlacher||RC Motorsport||2.10,059||+1,648|
|9.||Tom Chilton||Sebastien Loeb Racing||2.10,271||+1,860|
|10.||Kevin Gleason||RC Motorsport||2.10,599||+2,188|
|11.||Daniel Nagy||Zengo Motorsport||2.10,604||+2,193|
|12.||John Philip||Sebastien Loeb Racing||2.10,981||+2,570|
|13.||Rob Huff||All-Inkl.com Munnich Motorsport||2.11,879||+2,357|
|14.||Tom Coronel||ROAL Motorsport||2.11,944||+2,422|
|15.||Chris Richard||Campos Racing||2.13,462||+3,940|
|16.||Zsolt Ruff||Zengo Motorsport||2.14,234||+4,712|
|17.||Filipe Sousa||RC Motorsport||2.15,938||+6,416|
|1.||Tom Chilton||Sebastien Loeb Racing||23.53,262|
|2.||Yann Erlacher||RC Motorsport||+13,158|
|3.||Esteban, Guerrieri||Honda Racing Team JAS||+15,288|
|4.||Ted Björk||Cyan Polestar Racing||+15,846|
|5.||Mehdi Bennani||Sebastien Loeb Racing||+19,053|
|6.||Kevin Gleason||RC Motorsport||+20,659|
|7.||Norbert Michelis||Honda Racing Team JAS||+27,349|
|8.||Rob Huff||All-Inkl.com Munnich Motorsport||+36,278|
|9.||Nick Katsburg||Cyan Polestar Racing||+36,629|
|10.||Rio Michigami||Honda Racing Team JAS||+37,104|
|11.||Nestor Girolami||Cyan Polestar Racing||+37,127|
|12.||John Philip||Sebastien Loeb Racing||+37,748|
|13.||Tom Coronel||ROAL Motorsport||+40,107|
|14.||Chris Richard||Campos Racing||+40,687|
|15.||Daniel Nagy||Zengo Motorsport||+42,683|
|16.||Filipe Sousa||RC Motorsport||+54,402|
|17.||Zsolt Ruff||Zengo Motorsport||+1.08,185|
|1.||Norbert Michelis||Honda Racing Team JAS||22.17,924|
|2.||Nick Katsburg||Cyan Polestar Racing||+0,392|
|3.||Nestor Girolami||Cyan Polestar Racing||+1,798|
|4.||Esteban, Guerrieri||Honda Racing Team JAS||+3,306|
|5.||Ted Björk||Cyan Polestar Racing||+5,554|
|6.||Mehdi Bennani||Sebastien Loeb Racing||+6,196|
|7.||Yann Erlacher||RC Motorsport||+7,063|
|8.||Kevin Gleason||RC Motorsport||+7,537|
|9.||John Philip||Sebastien Loeb Racing||+7,911|
|10.||Tom Chilton||Sebastien Loeb Racing||+8,764|
|11.||Rob Huff||All-Inkl.com Munnich Motorsport||+9,633|
|12.||Kris Richard||Campos Racing||+11,544|
|13.||Tom Coronel||ROAL Motorsport||+12,472|
|14.||Daniel Nagy||Zengo Motorsport||+13,254|
|15.||Filipe Souza||RC Motorsport||+14,899|
|16.||Zsolt Szabo David||Zengo Motorsport||+16,640|
|Rio Michigami||Honda Racing Team JAS||3 laps|
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