Néstor Girolami scored a convincing victory as the 2020 WTCR – FIA World Touring Vehicle Cup sparked into lifestyles at WTCR Flee of Belgium, the Argentine main the reverse-grid Flee 1 the complete diagram at Zolder.
Girolami began from the DHL Pole Field in his ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Kind R TCR and labored exhausting on Goodyear’s unique WTCR tyres to retain earlier than Thed Björk, whose Cyan Performance Lynk & Co 03 TCR chased him all the diagram thru the 13 laps.
Hungarian Attila Tassi scored his first WTCR podium in third location for the ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport Honda personnel.
“Congratulations to all americans within the personnel, they did a shiny job within the long reside up for this season to birth out,” mentioned Girolami, whose victory marks his fourth in WTCR and makes him the Goodyear#FollowTheLeader earlier than Flee 2. “To safe a victory now could be an exact repeat for the mechanics. I’d like to devote this to my small child and my major other.”
Björk, third on the grid, made a solid birth to safe earlier than entrance row starter Jean-Karl Vernay, the Frenchman slipping serve to fifth in his first WTCR birth in Team Mulsanne’s Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR by Romeo Ferraris. Vernay would remain fifth at the flag, at the serve of WTCR Trophy winner Tom Coronel, who achieved fourth location in his first bustle riding Comtoyou DHL Team Audi Sport’s Audi RS 3 LMS.
Björk mentioned he was as soon as elated to bag a podium after the long prolong to the season, in a bustle that confirmed an amplify in lap instances within the closing phases on the unique Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport tyres. “It’s nice to be serve within the vehicle and racing, and to safe a podium after the long pre-season. This song is exhausting on the autos and there was as soon as some oil that made it sophisticated.”
Tassi was as soon as equally cheerful with his first WTCR podium enact. “I wasn’t expecting this,” he mentioned. “My goal is to learn from my skilled personnel-mates, so a 1-3 is a wide result for the personnel.”
But there had been dramas for the a variety of Münnich Hondas. Esteban Guerrieri’s bustle ended on lap three in a cloud of smoke whereas he was as soon as working eighth, whereas Tiago Monteiro furthermore retired in identical vogue on lap eight. He was as soon as in P14 at the time.
Santiago Urrutia scored a solid sixth location for Cyan Performance on his WTCR debut within the Lynk & Co 03 TCR, earlier than Yann Ehrlacher’s Lynk & Co and the Frenchman’s uncle Yvan Muller. WTCR Trophy contender Nathanaël Berthon, who begins Flee 2 from the DHL Pole Field, was as soon as ninth in his Comtoyou DHL Team Audi Sport Audi RS 3 LMS after a duel with high FIA Rookie Award runner Gilles Magnus in his Comtoyou Racing Audi RS 3 LMS.
King of WTCR Nobert Michelisz was as soon as one of the most practical of the Hyundais in his BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Squadra Corse entry in P11. The different ingredients scorers were FIA Rookie Award entry Luca Engstler who was as soon as P12 in his Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team Hyundai i30 N TCR, Australian Dylan O’Keeffe in his first WTCR birth riding Vuković Motorsport’s Renault Mégane RS TCR, Dutchman Nicky Catsburg for Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team Hyundai and 2018 WTCR title winner Gabriele Tarquini in P15.
Flee 2 of WTCR Flee of Belgium takes location at 14h15 local time.