WTCR – Ehrlacher heads Muller for Cyan Lynk & Co one-two
2020 WTCR Race of Hungary – Race 2 report
Yann Ehrlacher scored his third victory of the WTCR – FIA World Touring Automotive Cup season within the reverse-grid Race 2 at WTCR Race of Hungary.
The Goodyear #FollowTheLeader prolonged his title benefit after rising from third on the grid, as his uncle and Cyan Racing Lynk & Co team-mate Yvan Muller shadowed him to attain a one-two for the Swedish crew. Ehrlacher now leads Race 1 winner Esteban Guerrieri by 40 factors forward of the ultimate race of the day on the Hungaroring.
Native hero Bence Boldizs began from the DHL Pole Place in his Zengő Motorsport CUPRA Leon Competición, however misplaced out on the run to Flip 1 as fellow entrance row starter Muller took the lead, with Ehrlacher additionally getting previous to run second. Muller then allowed his nephew to move on the primary lap to open up a snug margin out entrance.
“It was a very good race from the begin to the tip,” stated Ehrlacher. “I had a superb begin and received previous the CUPRA, then Yvan coated my again. It doesn’t have the identical worth to me successful a reverse-grid race, but it surely’s nonetheless 25 factors.”
Behind the Lynk & Co 03 TCRs, there was motion at Flip 2 on the primary lap as Race 1 podium finisher Néstor Girolami’s Honda made contact with Mikel Azcona’s CUPRA, damaging each vehicles. They retired to the pits for repairs earlier than Race 3.
Wildcard Luca Filippi’s Staff Mulsanne Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR by Romeo Ferraris was additionally spun round having began in P16. There was additionally contact between Tom Coronel’s Audi and Gabriele Tarquini’s Hyundai.
Jean-Karl Vernay had additionally received previous Boldizs and led a practice of vehicles that lined up behind Muller. Then on lap eight, Coronel tagged Luca Engstler at Flip 8 and the WTCR Rookie Driver’s Hyundai nosed arduous right into a barrier, sustaining heavy front-end harm. The incident led to a security automotive intervention.
When the motion resumed on lap 11, Ehrlacher and Muller simply received the drop on Vernay, who settled for a podium third place and the WTCR Trophy victory in his Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR by Romeo Ferraris. Santiago Urrutia’s Cyan Efficiency entry shadowed him to the end to make it three Lynk & Cos within the high 4, the Uruguayan having impressed from P11 on the grid.
Nathanaël Berthon claimed fifth place in his Comtoyou DHL Staff Audi Sport Audi RS 3 LMS, forward of native hero and King of WTCR Norbert Michelisz in his BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Squadra Corse Hyundai i30 N TCR. Boldizs slipped to a seventh place end.
Guerrieri stored out of bother to attain stable factors in eighth from P10 on the grid, forward of ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport team-mates Attila Tassi and Tiago Monteiro, who accomplished the highest 10.
Tarquini recovered from his contact with Coronel to complete in P11, forward of Gilles Magnus’s Audi and Thed Björk’s Lynk & Co. Aurélien Comte completed in P14 in Vuković Motorsport’s Renault Mégane RS TCR, forward of a recovering Filippi.
Coronel was given a drive-through penalty and completed down in P19.
Race 3 at WTCR Race of Hungary takes place at 16h15 native time.