Yann Ehrlacher obtained Creep 2 at WTCR Creep of Belgium after DHL Pole Allege starter Nathanaël Berthon became once penalised for a jumped commence, as the principle weekend of the 2020 WTCR – FIA World Touring Automobile Cup resulted in a demanding climax at Zolder.
The victory marked Ehrlacher’s first in Cyan Racing’s Lynk & Co 03 TCR and his third total within the WTCR, as his uncle Yvan Muller and WTCR newcomer Santiago Urrutia carried out a one-two-three for the Chinese customer racing tag after they passed FIA Rookie Award winner and residential hero Gilles Magnus, who became once fighting a gasoline pump anguish in his Comtoyou Racing Audi RS 3 LMS.
Berthon became once creeping ahead from his DHL pole as the red lights went out at the commence, leaving Ehrlacher precise within the conception he became once the de facto chief within the early laps. In the abet of them, Creep 1 podium finishers Thed Björk and Attila Tassi collided at the chicane, Tassi’s Honda delayed and Björk’s Lynk & Co clouting the tyre stack and retiring on the procedure with concern, forcing the Honda Civic Form R Restricted Model security automobile to be deployed.
Racing motion resumed on lap four, with Berthon pitting for his drive-through penalty at the tip of lap five, having backed up Ehrlacher into Magnus’s terminate-following Audi. But once Berthon became once out of the procedure, Ehrlacher became once ready to commence up a decisive gap.
“The commence became once not depraved, though the principle couple of corners had been messy,” acknowledged Ehrlacher, who leaves Zolder as the Goodyear#FollowTheLeader. “But I seen Berthon had jumped the commence so I appropriate waited. I became once jubilant with my trot within the lag so I’m jubilant to achieve my first victory for Cyan Racing.”
Magnus looked procedure for an exact podium at his home circuit on his WTCR debut, appropriate for Muller to force him into a mistake at the chicane on lap 15 of 18, with Urrutia soon following the Frenchman through to total the Lynk & Co podium lock out. Magnus became once appropriate relieved to originate as the gasoline pump anguish minimize vitality.
The RACB National Crew Driver held on to originate a amassed precise fourth and add the WTCR Trophy select to his FIA Rookie Award victory, earlier than Creep 1 winner Néstor Girolami in his ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Form R TCR. In fifth procedure Tom Coronel carried out an exact day out in his Comtoyou DHL Crew Audi Sport Audi RS 3 LMS, earlier than Jean-Karl Vernay’s Crew Mulsanne Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR by Romeo Ferraris.
King of WTCR Norbert Michelisz finished seventh in his BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Squadra Corse Hyundai i30 N TCR, earlier than fellow Hyundai runners Nicky Catsburg and Luca Engstler in their Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Crew entries.
The lag finished below caution after FIA Rookie Award contender Jack Younger became once punted off by a getting greater Tassi. Northern Irishman Younger, 18, had impressed by retaining off the vastly experienced Gabriele Tarquini and Tiago Monteiro earlier on within the lag in his first WTCR weekend. Riding for Vuković Motorsport, his Renault Mégane RS TCR ended the lag beached within the gravel through no fault of his like.
The replace aspects finishers had been Mikel Azcona in P11 driving Zengő Motorsport’s CUPRA Leon Competición, Dylan O’Keeffe in his Vuković Motorsport Renault, Esteban Guerrieri’s Honda, Berthon and Monteiro.