The signs were there as early as the first qualifying session that the four Golf GTI TCR would be a force to be reckoned with at the circuit in the dunes: Leuchter was sixth fastest, Kristoffersson seventh. The Swedish WTCR rookie went on to finish fourth in the race – his best result to that point in the World Touring Car Cup. In race two, which featured a reverse grid, Leuchter was embroiled in an exciting battle with pole-sitter Esteban Guerrieri (RA, Honda). However, the German eventually had to settle for second place. The rookie celebrated his first WTCR podium exuberantly, as did third-placed Kristoffersson.
Mehdi Bennani (MA) and Rob Huff (GB) also scored valuable points in Zandvoort. Bennani produced an impressive performance in race two to finish sixth and claim his best result of the season so far. Huff’s weekend did not go entirely to plan after fine displays at the previous rounds in Hungary and Slovakia: Tenth place in race three was the best result of the weekend for the 2012 world touring car champion. The WTCR returns to action on 21 and 22 June with Volkswagen’s home round on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife.