Jean-Karl Vernay landed a neatly-behaved victory in Stoop 1 at WTCR Stoop of Spain after making a sterling originate up from the 2nd row at MotorLand Aragón.
The Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR by Romeo Ferraris driver took the lead into Turn 1, as DHL Pole Location starter Norbert Michelisz made a dull getaway. Sweeping all the way in which thru the outdoors at Turn 1 the Frenchman used to be by no near headed, as Michelisz tried to defend the within line from Gilles Magnus.
“That used to be the aim, to construct a felony originate up,” acknowledged Vernay, whose victory used to be his first within the WTCR – FIA World Touring Automobile Cup since Macau in 2018 and near he strengthens his support within the WTCR Trophy title fight. “After that I was exact attempting to manipulate the gap, however the two autos within the wait on of me had been faster.”
In a frenetic first lap, Santiago Urrutia made not seemingly growth in his Cyan Performance Lynk & Co 03 TCR, rising from seventh on the grid to ride Magnus for 2nd teach. The Uruguayan held the location to the perform, as Comtoyou Racing Audi driver Magnus carried out third to lengthen his hopes of WTCR Rookie Driver title glory.
“It used to be essentially felony, I’m so contented to be on the podium,” acknowledged Urrutia. “The Alfa used to be too hasty on the straight, so I was no longer moderately hasty ample to elevate.”
Magnus, section of the Belgian ASN RACB Nationwide Team, acknowledged: “Norbert essentially squeezed me into the wall before all the pieces up, however exact gave me ample room. I hit the limiter, which is the set aside I lost tempo. After that the tempo used to be exact no longer there, however we can toughen the automobile for the next races.”
On the wait on of the stop three, native hero Mikel Azcona made up a teach from his beginning slot to perform fourth in his Zengő Motorsport CUPRA Leon Competición. Gabriele Tarquini emerged from an intelligent strive in opposition to to narrate fifth in his BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Squadra Corse Hyundai i30 N TCR, sooner than Michelisz.
Yvan Muller rose from P10 on the grid to perform seventh in his Cyan Racing Lynk & Co, sooner than Luca Engstler’s Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team entry. Bence Boldizs (Zengő Motorsport) carried out the set aside he started in ninth, while Néstor Girolami used to be the essential of the ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Kind R TCRs as six customer racing brands crammed the stop 10 places.
Goodyear #FollowTheLeader Yann Ehrlacher battled from his wait on-of-the-grid beginning location, a results of his penalty for an engine swap, to perform in P11. Crucially, he used to be two places sooner than closest title rival Esteban Guerrieri, who carried out in P13 within the wait on of Nathanaël Berthon. The Comtoyou DHL Team Audi Sport driver moreover started from the wait on on yarn of an engine swap.
The Hondas of Tiago Monteiro and Attila Tassi had been the closing aspects scorers, while wildcard entry Nicolas Baert (Comtoyou Racing) and Briton Josh Info (Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team) carried out in P17 and P18 respectively on their WTCR debuts. Thed Björk, who started sixth, used to be knocked precise into a half of-scuttle on the hole lap and did now not perform, as did Tom Coronel who reported engine complications.
Ehrlacher now leads Guerrieri within the standings by 24 aspects, with Vernay transferring past Muller for third.
Stoop 2 at WTCR Stoop of Spain takes teach from 12h15 native time.