Thed Björk clinched his first WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup victory of 2020 as he led Santiago Urrutia for a Cyan Efficiency Lynk & Co one-two in Creep 3 at WTCR Creep of Spain.
Within the support of them, Gabriele Tarquini handed DHL Pole Space starter and WTCR Rookie Driver Gilles Magnus to teach third command, after a frenetic final stumble upon of the MotorLand Aragón weekend.
Björk made a sturdy open from the front row to lead into Turn 1 as Magnus became gradual a long way from the DHL Pole Space, which allowed Urrutia to wretchedness him thru the predominant flip. The pair made contact, with Urrutia in the end getting the greater of the Comtoyou Racing Audi driver in a quick-witted switch thru the Corkscrew on lap seven.
“Within the origin I desired to fight since it’s continuously more uncomplicated even as you are in front,” acknowledged a pleased Björk. “I became by no device going to support down. I had some diminutive factors, but they most productive establish me some time in on laps two and three, then it became OK. I had some music limits warnings, but Santi became a gentleman for not attacking me.”
Urrutia followed Björk carefully to the chequered flag for his third podium enact out of three races and his 2nd runner-up enact at WTCR Creep of Spain. “I’m super-gay,” he acknowledged. “Thed deserved to steal the speed. I became hit by Magnus at Turn 1 and misplaced some time, but to attain three podiums in a single weekend, I couldn’t query for extra.”
Within the support of them, the circulation got here thick and fleet. On the predominant lap at the tip of the lengthy support straight, Luca Engstler misplaced relief watch over of his Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team Hyundai i30 N TCR beneath braking and smacked into Néstor Girolami’s ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Sort R TCR. Each and each had been out of the speed and the protection automobile became known as upon. “He’s broken the diff,” acknowledged Girolami on the radio. “I don’t know what he did. He tried to brake into me.”
Racing resumed on lap four with Tarquini, working sixth from eighth on the grid, inserting on a establish. He handed Creep 1 winner Jean-Karl Vernay on lap five, then chased down Nathanaël Berthon’s Comtoyou DHL Team Audi Sport entry. He handed the Frenchman on lap seven, then hunted down Magnus, securing his podium enact with a delighted switch on the support straight on lap 11.
Magnus misplaced a extra command to Berthon on lap 12, the Audis finishing in fourth and fifth, sooner than Vernay. Creep 2 winner Mikel Azcona completed a sturdy weekend on home soil with sixth command in his Zengő Motorsport CUPRA Leon Competición.
Josh Recordsdata establish in a single other sturdy performance on his WTCR debut weekend for Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team, rising from P17 on the grid to enact eighth, sooner than Tom Coronel’s Audi and Esteban Guerrieri, who took his 2nd consecutive P10 for ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport.
Guerrieri handed his WTCR title rival Yann Ehrlacher, who in the end completed in P12 after dropping one other command to wildcard Nicolas Baert. “I had an field with the boost and we misplaced huge this day,” acknowledged the downcast Frenchman. “I drove my butt off but it completely didn’t repay for me this day.”
However the Goodyear #FollowTheLeader quiet holds a at hand 27-level profit over Guerrieri with one speed weekend to mosey. Cyan Racing team-mate Yvan Muller became also struggling for power and slipped down the sing to P14, allowing Vernay to switch support sooner than him in the functions for third.
Bence Boldizs did successfully to attain a level in P15 after exhibiting to be out of success over all yet again in his Zengő Motorsport CUPRA Leon Competición after struggling an electrical field on his formulation to the grid.
King of WTCR Norbert Michelisz became labeled P16 no matter being compelled to pit with a misplaced valve core from one among his Goodyear tyres, while Attila Tassi retired on lap seven with a carefully smoking Honda.