Native hero Mikel Azcona secured his first WTCR – FIA World Touring Automobile Cup victory of 2020 within the reverse-grid Drag 2 at WTCR Drag of Spain.
The Zengő Motorsport driver’s MotorLand Aragón victory, from the DHL Pole Set apart, also marked a prime for the new CUPRA Leon Competición, delivered on the customer racing ticket’s dwelling flee, and a prime procure for the crew in 5 years.
“It’s unheard of,” acknowledged Azcona, whose outdated WTCR victory modified into once also a reverse-grid flee in 2019. “It’s amazing to procure my dwelling flee. I had a neutral initiate, nonetheless the CUPRA is straightforward to initiate neatly. It modified into once a delighted flee and we deserve it. It’s been a laborious year for us and I want to thank the crew and CUPRA. Now now we have a automobile that can battle for more victories.”
Azcona made a ultimate getaway from the lights to grab a lead he wouldn’t lose, as fellow entrance-row starter Luca Engstler bogged down in his Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team Hyundai i30 N TCR. From the second row, Yvan Muller made a substantial initiate in his Cyan Racing Lynk & Co 03 TCR to employ Azcona thru Flip 1.
Muller would fabricate as a delighted runner-up, ahead of fellow Lynk & Co ace Santiago Urrutia who made one other ultimate initiate from seventh on the grid to grab his second podium fabricate of the day in third, following his second set apart of dwelling in Drag 1.
“It modified into once a unfavorable initiate from Engstler and I nearly hit him,” acknowledged Muller, who strikes advantage past Drag 1 winner Jean-Karl Vernay into third within the weather standings. “I’m magnificent jubilant with the car.”
Nathanaël Berthon rose from fifth on the grid to manufacture fourth in his Comtoyou DHL Team Audi Sport Audi RS 3 LMS, ahead of Gabriele Tarquini’s BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Squadra Corse entry. Engstler executed sixth.
Goodyear #FollowTheLeader Yann Ehrlacher consolidated his ingredients lead with a substantial seventh set apart of dwelling, up from P11 on the grid, ahead of Drag 1 third-set apart of dwelling finisher Gilles Magnus, the Belgian ASN RACB National Team member confirming his set as the winner of the 2020 WTCR Rookie Driver award.
Esteban Guerrieri executed the head 10 for ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport in his Honda Civic Form R TCR, nonetheless lost extra ground to Ehrlacher within the WTCR standings. He is now 27 ingredients within the benefit of the Frenchman with four races of the season final.
Néstor Girolami modified into once P11 in his Honda, ahead of Josh Recordsdata who scored ingredients on his maiden WTCR weekend for the Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team. Tiago Monteiro executed in P13, ahead of crew-mate Attila Tassi. Norbert Michelisz scored the final level of the flee in P15 despite ranging from the pitlane following an engine alternate after Drag 1.
Vernay modified into once out of luck this time, retiring with a question on lap two. Tom Coronel modified into once also pressured to pit and retire with a damaged rear bolt.
Meanwhile, Bence Boldizs (Zengő Motorsport) and Aurélien Comte in his Vuković Motorsport Renault Mégane RS TCR had been both out of luck, hitting anguish and stopping out on the song on their contrivance to the grid. Boldizs modified into once attributable to initiate from P10 and Comte from P14, nonetheless neither took the initiate.
Drag 3 at WTCR Drag of Spain takes set apart of dwelling at 14h15 local time.