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EVENT ESSENTIALS

What? 2020 WTCR − FIA World Touring Automobile Cup, Rounds 11, 12 and 13 of 16

When? October 30-November 1, 2020

Where? MotorLand Aragón, Alcañiz (Teruel)

Observe length: 5.345 kilometres

Flee 1 distance: 10 laps (53.306 kilometres)

Flee 2 distance: 10 laps (53.306 kilometres)

Flee 3 distance: 12 laps (63.996 kilometres)

WTCR qualifying lap file:

To be established

WTCR flee lap file:

To be established

EVENT OVERVIEW

The 2020 WTCR − FIA World Touring Automobile Cup enters a decisive share at MotorLand Aragón in Spain from October 30-November 1.

With two weekends and 6 races remaining of WTCR season three, it’s now or never for the title contenders to stake their respective claims for ideal glory.

After an action-packed WTCR Flee of Hungary fair currently, MotorLand Aragón is gearing as a lot as host the penultimate tournament of a title shuffle shortened by the COVID-19 pandemic nevertheless packed elephantine of high drama and sheer excitement.

Six drivers representing four buyer racing brands trust triumphed to this level in 2020, with Cyan Racing Lynk & Co’s Yann Ehrlacher winning three instances in his Goodyear-outfitted Lynk & Co 03 TCR from China-based mostly totally Geely Neighborhood Motorsport.

The 24-365 days-extinct from France also wears the yellow jacket as the Goodyear #FollowTheLeader with a 22-level profit over ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport’s Esteban Guerrieri.

Argentine Guerrieri, last 365 days’s WTCR runner-up, shot help into title competition with a preserve double at WTCR Flee of Hungary in his Honda Civic Fashion R TCR, turning into the tournament’s TAG Heuer Most Precious Driver in the course of. He’s now obtained nine WTCR races, which is more than any of his competitors and travels to MotorLand Aragón from his Barcelona dwelling boosted by the true fact he’s raced and examined at the venue in the previous.

FIA World Touring Automobile account Yvan Muller, Ehrlacher’s uncle and his Cyan Racing Lynk & Co team-mate, is third in the standings nevertheless apparently intent on supporting his nephew’s title ambitions as an substitute of pursuing his have.

Néstor Girolami, who partners Guerrieri at ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport and obtained the opening flee of the season at Circuit Zolder, holds fourth self-discipline after 10 races, equal on aspects with Crew Mulsanne’s Jean-Karl Vernay.

Frenchman Vernay is the WTCR Trophy leader following a hat-trick of category wins in Hungary at the wheel of an Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR by Romeo Ferraris. He deposed Tom Coronel for the WTCR Trophy lead after the Comtoyou DHL Crew Audi Sport driver, who is determined to hit 500 touring car starts at WTCR Flee of Spain, persisted a nervous weekend in Hungary. 

Coronel’s Comtoyou team-mates Nathanaël Berthon and Gilles Magnus had been also unable to reproduction their Slovakia Ring flee at the Hungaroring, though RACB National Crew-supported Magnus modified into once not lower than in a dwelling to pork up his grip on the WTCR Rookie Driver classification. Berthon and Magnus are seventh and eighth in the final rankings respectively.

Home hero Mikel Azcona modified into once on invent in Hungary and must aloof be a contender for his first WTCR preserve of 2020 at MotorLand Aragón, the build he made his touring car debut as an adolescent in 2011. The Spaniard is armed with the all-new CUPRA Leon Competición flee by Zengő Motorsport, which also contains Bence Boldizs and Gábor Kismarty-Lechner in its line-up.

Thed Björk, who became Sweden’s first motor racing world champion when he obtained the FIA World Touring Automobile Championship in 2017, is 10th on the final leaderboard following podiums at Circuit Zolder and the Nürburgring Nordschleife for Cyan Peformance Lynk & Co.

Cherish Björk, ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport’s Hungarian young gun Attila Tassi modified into once also on the podium in Belgium and Germany and is P11 in the desk adopted by Björk’s fellow Cyan Performance Lynk & Co driver Santiago Urrutia, from Uruguay, and his have team-mate, Portugal’s Tiago Monteiro, who returned to the WTCR podium in Hungary with a accurate force in Flee 3.

King of WTCR Norbert Michelisz will survey to a alternate of fortune in Spain as he bids to preserve for the first time in 2020 for BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Squadra Corse.

Inaugural WTCR title winner Gabriele Tarquini will also coast the Hyundai flag in Spain, as will WTCR Rookie Driver Luca Engstler and Josh Info, who replaces Nicky Catsburg at Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Crew for his WTCR debut. Aurélien Comte is entered in Swiss team Vuković Motorsport’s Renault Mégane RS TCR.

Belgian youngster Nicolas Baert steps up from the TCR Europe sequence to perform his debut in the WTCR driving an Audi for his father Jean-Michel Baert’s Comtoyou Racing Crew.

WTCR Flee of Spain will preserve shut self-discipline at the help of closed doorways nevertheless fans can count on intensive are dwelling broadcasting as effectively unique and fun dispute material across the WTCR’s social channels. The are dwelling broadcasting equipment covers six continents as share of the WTCR’s finest broadcast distribution ever.  

HOW THEY STAND

Yann Ehrlacher continues to build on the yellow jacket as the Goodyear #FollowTheLeader and must aloof lift the yellow windscreen strip at the start of the WTCR Flee of Spain weekend in his Cyan Racing Lynk & Co 03 TCR. Here’s a reminder of how he and the chasing pack stand following WTCR Flee of Hungary last weekend:

1 Yann Ehrlacher (FRA) 169 aspects

2 Esteban Guerrieri (ARG) 147

3 Yvan Muller (FRA) 114

4 Néstor Girolami (ARG) 106

5 Jean-Karl Vernay (FRA) 106

6 Tom Coronel (NLD) 101

7 Nathanaël Berthon (FRA) 92

8 Gilles Magnus (BEL) 92

9 Mikel Azcona (ESP) 79

10 Thed Björk (SWE) 78

Click on HERE for elephantine standings at the side of Groups’ and Rookie Driver classifications.

KEY NUMBERS

100,000: The WTCR’s #RaceToCare programme in enhance of the FIA’s #PurposeDriven accelerate aims to seize €100,000 by the discontinue of the season in the fight against COVID-19

34: Overtakes carried out by Spain’s Mikel Azcona at WTCR Flee of Slovakia

16: For WTCR Flee of Spain, every car is distributed 16 new Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport tyres

2012: No longer since 2012, when the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia hosted the action, has Spain staged an FIA World Touring Automobile flee

3: Three young hopefuls, Bence Boldizs, Luca Engstler and Gilles Magnus, are eligible for the WTCR Rookie Driver aspects at WTCR Flee of Spain

WTCR Q&A: MIKEL AZCONA

Mikel Azcona will coast the Spanish flag on his Goodyear-outfitted CUPRA Leon Competición TCR at WTCR Flee of Spain. That is what the Zengő Motorsport-flee 24-365 days-extinct has needed to inform forward of his dwelling rounds of the WTCR − FIA World Touring Automobile Cup.

You’ve been waiting a whereas to flee in the WTCR at dwelling. How mad are you?

“I’m generous-mad because right here is my dwelling tune, it’s the build I began in 2011 and I actually trust quite so a lot of kilometres on this tune. I’m also very motivated because I deem we is also in a amazing dwelling throughout the weekend. The tune I know completely and, at the same time we are bettering our dwelling-up and tips on how to force with the Goodyear tyres, that are totally totally different when put next with what we had last 365 days. It’s my dwelling tune, it’s a world championship so it’s the finest combination for me.”

You’re also driving a Spanish car. How is the brand new CUPRA Leon Competición progressing?

“It’s amazing and clearly better than the previous model. But it’s been very sophisticated for us nevertheless not because it’s a new car. The car has a amazing capacity and I’m certain we might perhaps perhaps well be on the first dwelling very rapidly. When we arrive on this dwelling that is also sophisticated to transfer lower. It’s very good to force the car, it’s on the limit in every facet, which is the most practical plot it must be at this level, and this helps loads for the driver. At the same we must have in mind we began in the free practice in Zolder with zero kilometres on the Goodyear tyre whereas the totally different groups and styles had 1000s of kilometres with this tyre, so a broad distinction. But after four flee weekends I’m so contented that we improved actually loads. We’re on a high level and we can begin to fight for the podium positions.”

Moreover to a new car and new tyres it’s also a new team for you this season. How are you settling in at Zengő Motorsport?

“It’s every other sizable significant thing for me because all the things modified into once new at the start of the season. It’s been a arduous initiating nevertheless I’m contented with the Zengő team. It’s an suited ambiance and I treasure this ambiance. They’re very arduous-working other folks and they’re always pondering tips on how to pork up, tips on how to win the car quicker. This sense I love because I’m very aggressive and I trust to preserve always. We’re working together better and I’m very contented with the team.”

How fair appropriate will the racing be at MotorLand Aragón?

“You trust gotten a truly lengthy straight in the last sector. It’s a truly huge tune and likewise you might perhaps well perhaps well perhaps also fair trust quite so a lot of dwelling to overtake. I actually trust not driven there for two years nevertheless the racing will be quite so a lot of fun.”

What would winning WTCR Flee of Spain imply to you?

“It might perhaps probably perhaps well imply loads to preserve a world championship tournament in my nation with a car from my nation, the finest feeling. I strive to preserve every flee weekend nevertheless if I’ll perhaps perhaps well also preserve in Spain it will probably perhaps well be suited and a broad pleasure for me.”

MIKEL AZCONA’S MOTORLAND ARAGÓN TRACK GUIDE

Having began his touring car disappear at MotorLand Aragón in 2011, CUPRA-driving Spaniard Mikel Azcona is the supreme recordsdata to the 5.345-kilometre tune, venue for the first WTCR Flee of Spain.

Early overtaking seemingly nevertheless persistence is required: “Overtaking at the first nook is seemingly nevertheless from T1 till T5 it’s very sophisticated because T2-T3 is flat out.”

Risks might perhaps perhaps well also not be rewarded: “After T5 we enter the 2d sector, which is also very technical.    It’s very volatile to investigate cross-test the overtake at T7 since you’re braking with load on the car and it’s not very easy.”

The Corkscrew in opposite: “T8 and T9 is like the Corkscrew at Laguna Seca nevertheless you high-tail from simply to left, not left to merely. Needless to inform, it’s downhill and very good to force.”

Onwards to sector three: “T10 is a flat nook and not seemingly to overtake nevertheless then you arrive to the third sector. It’s only three corners nevertheless it completely’s very significant. You arrive to the T12 and it’s seemingly to overtake because it’s a arduous-braking nook and straight braking nevertheless at the same time it’s very sophisticated because precisely on the moment you’re braking, you don’t gaze the apex, it’s a blind nook, very sophisticated.”

Issues win significant: “T13 is easy flat nevertheless T14 and T15 are truthfully very significant. It’s a behind share of the tune nevertheless at the same time it’s a must trust to actually prepare the exit of T15 loads because after you might perhaps well perhaps well perhaps also fair trust this nook you might perhaps well perhaps well perhaps also fair trust a truly lengthy straight to T16. Relying in your exit of T15 you might perhaps well perhaps well perhaps overtake or not at T16.”

Time to perform a sacrifice: “You might want to sacrifice T14 to trust a amazing exit from T15. On the lengthy help straight, you’re at roughly 250kph and likewise you arrive to a truly, very behind nook.”

From rapid to behind: “The hairpin at T16 is in first equipment perhaps 60kph and it’s a must trust to lower from 250kph. On the TV it’s going to be very fun this nook with quite so a lot of overtakes.”

DID YOU KNOW?

Motor racing in Alcañiz, town closest to MotorLand Aragón, dates help to 1965 when the first City of Alcañiz Gigantic Prix modified into once held on the Circuito Guadalope and promoted by Dr Joaquín Repollés. Irrespective of tall enthusiasm and enhance, rising safety necessities and difficulties staging top-level events meant time modified into once known as on racing thru the streets in 2003, which led to the MotorLand Aragón project being conceived.


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