Nathanaël Berthon scored his first victory in the WTCR – FIA World Touring Vehicle Cup no topic dropping the lead from the DHL Pole Map in Scamper 1 at WTCR Scamper of Slovakia.
The Comtoyou DHL Team Audi Sport Audi RS 3 LMS driver spent the first two corners of the bolt running side by side with fellow entrance row starter Nicky Catsburg, earlier than the Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team Hyundai i30 N TCR took the lead at Flip 3. Nevertheless Catsburg soon began to strive against on a moist note that became drying swiftly and Berthon swept into the lead on lap three to explain victory number one in every of his WTCR profession.
“Congratulations to the team, the vehicle became unheard of,” he said. “The commence became no longer shapely because I became starting on the moist side of the note, but it’ll possess been worse. In the ruin! Now I even must focus on my job for the remainder of the day. I definitely feel huge on this note.”
Gabriele Tarquini rose from fifth on the grid to produce second in his BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Squadra Corse Hyundai before Jean-Karl Vernay’s Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR by Romeo Ferraris, as Catsburg former to a lowly P17 by the flag.
“Ninety per cent of the grid became on the connected tyres,” said Tarquini, explaining how most chose slick Goodyears on the entrance and moist-climate tyres for the rear. “It became very sharp and definitely slippery before every part. I became attempting to assault and took two positions in a single braking at Flip 3, which became the key second of my bolt.”
Vernay became delighted at the side of his first podium for Romeo Ferraris. “It became a extraordinarily tense bolt, but we managed it effectively,” said the Frenchman. “I most productive misplaced one keep from the commence on the moist side of the grid, which became wintry, but we managed P3. I’m expansive-blissful for the team, they deserve this. Confidently it obtained’t be our last podium of the day.”
In the serve of the podium finishers, there became controversy in the fight for fourth keep. Néstor Girolami, who is second in the standings for ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport, held the keep in his Honda Civic Kind R TCR, but became wrathful by his team-mate Esteban Guerrieri who closed in from ninth on the grid. He sought assurance on the radio that his countryman wouldn’t inconvenience him, but Guerrieri stunned by muscling his way previous, demoting his friend and title contender all of the manner down to fifth.
“Sadly, we misplaced facets in the championship,” said Girolami on the team radio after the chequered flag. “All the pieces is no longer sure with the team. I became told he wouldn’t assault. I will confer with him. If we’re attempting to capture the championship we’ve to be clever. I am definitely frustrated.”
In the serve of the Hondas, Tom Coronel became sixth – up from eighth on the grid – in his Comtoyou DHL Team Audi Sport entry, before WTCR Rookie Driver contender and team-mate Gilles Magnus.
Goodyear #FollowTheLeader Yann Ehrlacher made up positions and facets from P14 on the grid to produce ninth in his Cyan Racing Lynk & Co 03 TCR. He now leads Girolami by 27 facets.
King of WTCR Norbert Michelisz rounded out the head 10 in his BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Squadra Corse Hyundai i30 N TCR. The head 15 became completed by Attila Tassi (Honda) in P11, Luca Filippi (Alfa Romeo), Tiago Monteiro (Honda), Yvan Muller (Lynk & Co) and Santiago Urrutia (Lynk & Co) in P15.