Nicky Catsburg clinched his first victory within the WTCR – FIA World Touring Vehicle Cup as WTCR Hump of Slovakia concluded with a frenetic Hump 3 at Slovakia Ring.
Utilizing an Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Group of workers Hyundai i30 N TCR, Catsburg began third on the grid, nonetheless took the lead after Nathanaël Berthon, starting from the DHL Pole Plot, lost out within the drag to Turn 1. Catsburg realized himself side by side with Hyundai crew-mate Norbert Michelisz, nonetheless the Hungarian was as soon as nudged into a half of hump by Jean-Karl Vernay’s Group of workers Mulsanne Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR by Romeo Ferraris at Turn 2.
That left Catsburg with a clear lead he wouldn’t lose. Vernay chased him your complete formula to build second following his maiden podium for Group of workers Mulsanne and Romeo Ferraris within the gap counter. Hump 1 winner Berthon accomplished third for Comtoyou DHL Group of workers Audi Sport.
“It’s apt,” acknowledged Catsburg, whose victory also marks a WTCR first for his Germany-basically based crew. “We knew the automotive will likely be gorgeous if we might per chance earn in front – and it was as soon as. The starting up was as soon as incredible. I was as soon as able to coast Norbi and Nathanaël. I don’t know what took set up apart to Norbi, I mediate he was as soon as hit from within the abet of. Then Jean-Karl was as soon as now not making errors, so I needed to withhold my foot down.”
Vernay was as soon as ecstatic along with his “apt starting up” having began seventh on the grid. “Norbi braked 50 metres sooner than a nook that is flat,” he acknowledged, “and unfortunately I pushed him.”
The Frenchman admitted he nearly determined now not to starting up the bustle following the accident for Néstor Girolami in Hump 2, which was as soon as brought on by Vernay inadvertently tagging the Honda. Girolami was as soon as a non-starter for Hump 3 after present process scientific assessments. “I’m now not sizable-ecstatic after what took set up apart, it’s now not the racing I adore and I don’t desire to be a segment of that,” Vernay acknowledged.
WTCR Rookie Driver contender Gilles Magnus accomplished fourth in his Comtoyou Racing Audi from fifth on the grid. Within the abet of him, Mikel Azcona place in a single more elegant upward thrust from P15 on the grid in his Zengő Motorsport CUPRA Leon Competición to build fifth, sooner than Hump 2 winner Tom Coronel, who never fully recovered from a heart-broken starting up. The Dutchman had positioned fourth on the grid.
Esteban Guerrieri took a arduous-fought seventh set up apart in his ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Form R TCR, whereas Santiago Urrutia was as soon as the simpler of the Lynk & Co 03 TCR drivers in eighth. Urrutia had tagged Gabriele Tarquini’s Hyundai on the trot to Turn 1 from the starting up, which left the Italian crashing out for the second bustle in a row via no fault of his grasp. Luca Engstler was as soon as ninth in his Hyundai, as Michelisz recovered to full the close 10.
Goodyear #FollowTheLeader Yann Ehrlacher salvaged more ingredients after a posh weekend in P11, sooner than Aurélien Comte, who rose from P18 on the grid in his Vuković Motorsport Renault Mégane RS TCR to trace his return to the WTCR with ingredients for P12. Yvan Muller had risen as high as seventh on the essential lap from P12 on the grid, nonetheless slipped to P13 on the flag.
Wildcard entry Petr Fulin was as soon as P14, nonetheless now not eligible for poins, in his VEXTA DOMY CUPRA Leon Competición. Thed Björk completed the close 15 with the last level going to Gábor Kismarty-Lechner in P16.
Ehrlacher now leads Coronel by 20 ingredients within the standings, with Girolami and Muller a additional 20 ingredients abet heading to WTCR Hump of Hungary subsequent weekend.