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Santiago Urrutia, Yann Ehrlacher, Jean-Karl Vernay and Fredrik Wahlén attended the Flee 3 virtual press convention at WTCR Flee of Aragon. A transcript follows.

Q:

Santi, after your emotional DHL Pole Situation the day gone by, it was obvious you if truth be told wanted this bewitch on the recent time, didn’t you?

SU:

Yeah, to be correct, to lift out the season with a bewitch is awesome. But I with out a doubt want to search motivate a little bit. I was in The United States with nothing when I got a call from the group. Then we had a take a look at at Anderstorp and they determined at final to designate me, so I turned a skilled driver for the foremost time. They gave me the chance and believed in me, although they didn’t with out a doubt know who I was. They trusted in my skills and we bewitch the championship with Yann and we bewitch the championship with Cyan, so it was no longer correct a correct 365 days for me nonetheless for the total group. First of all I with out a doubt want to verbalize thanks to Cyan, without them I wouldn’t be here taking this bewitch on the recent time. And about on the recent time, all I can train is I got a correct birth, then I knew I had Yann in the motivate of and he was already champion. He was doubtlessly a little bit faster than me, nonetheless he stayed in the motivate of me so thanks to Yann. For me this was a season to be taught, to cherish the championship. To creep with essentially the most attention-grabbing drivers on the earth is no longer straight forward, on occasion it is very laborious, you must be with out a doubt 100% on every weekend whenever you are searching to want to fight and bewitch races. Right here is correct the foremost season I’m hoping of many, now we move to Uruguay the next day to come to journey a little of time and the summer holidays, and I’m hoping I can reach motivate subsequent 365 days to fight with my group for added.

Q:

Yvan Muller acknowledged at Zolder he had 100 per cent perception in you, which have to point out plenty?

SU:

Sure, it does, coming from a four-time world champion. All americans contained in the group is a champion with the exception of me, so I’m hoping subsequent 365 days they let me bewitch! That was one amongst the explanations, when I joined Cyan, when I had a demand I was asking a man who has been a world champion. He’s a with out a doubt effective man to work with. Moreover Yvan and Yann are very open and straight forward to work with. When I had issues or questions, I consistently went to them and acknowledged ‘hiya, what can I attain or how ought to level-headed I attain this?’ And they consistently helped me. They with out a doubt helped me in the pre-season to face up to bustle and initially I was rather OK. Then I had refined weekends treasure in Slovakia and the Nürburgring and I doubtlessly made rookie errors that ought to no longer happen anymore. When I got that call from Cyan and I was in Italy searching forward to that call, it intended plenty. While you are contained in the championship you are correct one more driver, so that you just must push and be 100% for yourself and for the group. I consistently train if a driver is 100 per cent he may perchance well lend a hand the group, if no longer he can’t, although the auto is basically the most attention-grabbing on the grid. So thanks to my group-mates. But I level-headed agree with a long formulation to switch and to be taught. I will with out a doubt focal level in the pre-season to acquire your total tenths that I was missing from this 365 days.

Q:

Yann, talk us thru that creep. What was the feeling of racing gleaming you had already received the world title?

YE:

First of all, effectively accomplished to the gents beside me, it was a with out a doubt correct creep. While you’ve got the title and likewise you move for the creep you don’t agree with any stress of taking points, it’s totally unbelievable – perchance essentially the most attention-grabbing creep of my existence because it was correct about playing the moment, playing the indisputable truth that we received the title, both teams’ and drivers’. It was max pleasure. But level-headed I was ready that I may perchance perhaps additionally reward my group-mates for their with out a doubt correct lend a hand throughout the total season, so I was ready to attain one thing else to lend a hand them as extra special as I may perchance perhaps additionally, to give them positions. Cyan Racing helped me plenty and my group-mates helped me plenty to get the trophy and without them it wouldn’t were imaginable. So on this creep if I may perchance perhaps additionally agree with helped them I would agree with accomplished it with max pleasure. We accomplished P2, I was searching forward to a call perchance to lend a hand Yvan lift some positions in the championship as effectively because it was with out a doubt tight. So I’m ecstatic we did P1 and P2 in the championship, we did it in the races too. To get that and the teams’ title is correct unbelievable.

Q:

Jean-Karl, here’s a little bit bitter-candy for sure because you received the WTCR Trophy, nonetheless you wanted to be increased up in the title warfare.

JKV:

First of all, congratulations to Yann. Love I consistently acknowledged, I’m very, very ‘Frenchy’ and for a Frenchman to bewitch the title, it’s effectively deserved and to lead from the initiating I believe he did an out of this world job. I believe he stunned perchance extra drivers because he as gorgeous-consistent and he deserved it, so congratulations again to you and your loved ones. For us, we had a correct weekend again, a correct qualifying even supposing with about a errors in Q3. Then on the recent time the adverse collection of tyres in Flee 1, treasure others. We did an out of this world Flee 2 and Flee 3, extra special overtaking and starts and we misplaced the total podium for nothing correct because some guys are swapping positions your total time. Let’s train that’s understandable, nonetheless no longer very tidy from them. To lose a podium treasure here is frustrating, it may perchance most likely perchance perhaps be refined to swallow. But it’s treasure this. I believe it is below investigation and I’m confident they are going to apply the foundations treasure they consistently did to me. It’s no longer accomplished and I’m hoping to get a correct surprise in a while the recent time. Astronomical attributable to my group, I believe no one would agree with believed what now we agree with accomplished this 365 days. I’ve by no formulation been so clear and I grew up plenty. For me it was an out of this world journey to be in a little group with extra special extra responsibility and I with out a doubt cherished it. So attributable to Romeo Ferraris, we did immense and likewise you are a with out a doubt correct group, be obvious about that.

Q:

To be as consistent and so competitive is a credit score to all americans bright.

JKV:

Love I acknowledged, I tested the auto once sooner than the championship and the auto was correct, so with my journey I with out a doubt agree with now, although I’m no longer a touring car specialist, if I give extra self assurance to the group I was rather sure we would be ready to attain a correct job. With that self assurance and me doing a correct job environment up the auto with the guys, that was all. There’s a form of immense of us and we saw it again the day gone by when they equipped the PURE ETCR car. Honestly I was no longer thinking we had been going so that you just can fight for the total podium, nonetheless we’ve been getting faster and faster and it’s effectively deserved to all these guys. P4 for me is my easiest situation in the championship. Love I acknowledged, I’ve realized plenty about myself and that’s additionally critical.

Q:

Fredrik, when we saw you at Zolder you weren’t 100 per cent confident of taking both the drivers’ and teams’ title. Talk us thru what this season has been treasure for you.

FW:

To take a seat down down here and accomplished the aim is extra special. The aim was to bewitch both championships and to attain that’s correct extra special. We believed from the initiating in the approach we work together. As a bunch it is no longer finest the motive force, it’s all americans from those riding the autos to working on the autos. All americans with out a doubt wanted to position their hearts into this and set apart it as a immense group, and so that you just can construct that and be here on the recent time to bewitch both the championships feels totally extra special. Coming here and seeing how many drivers may perchance perhaps additionally level-headed bewitch the trophy correct reveals how high a level this championship is and so that you just can leave from here with both trophies is correct an out of this world feeling.

Q:

How proud are you of the gentleman sitting subsequent to you?

FW:

I’m extraordinarily proud. You undercover agent the yellow decal on his front window and we’ve had this for the reason that foremost creep, and to undercover agent him below the stress now we agree with had thru the 365 days and correct so that you just can snort, and additionally to snort one creep sooner than what is with out a doubt planned… I’m extraordinarily ecstatic with him.

Q:

It’s one thing we search that every single person to your group appears to be like to be as critical as every other and all americans appears to be like to be on the tip of their game, a with out a doubt effectively-oiled machine. And you are so consistent.

FW:

Thank you! I don’t with out a doubt know how to respond to that. That is the aim. With every little thing occurring on the earth this 365 days it has been a convey and so that you just can take the neighborhood now we agree with had and be so consistent thru the 365 days, even when now we agree with a down [weekend] we score every other up. We didn’t agree with a ideal first creep, we didn’t agree with the upright approach, nonetheless all americans was correct on it straight. The day prior to this was the same when every little thing was shortened as a consequence of the fog prolong, nonetheless we picked it up and made essentially the most attention-grabbing of it. That’s consistently what we attain: are attempting to manufacture essentially the most attention-grabbing of the misfortune we’re in. I believe that’s why we’re here on the recent time, the winner of both championships.

Q:

Yann, you had been with out a doubt emotional whenever you took that title. Simply talk us thru what it formulation to you, to know that your title is engraved on that trophy.

YE:

It formulation plenty. I was emotional because I was correct remembering from where we started and when we started, which was rather conclude to now. I was remembering when I was a little youngster coming to undercover agent the races for Yvan with my mum and pa in WTCC, I knew nearly your total paddock already. They knew me from when I was treasure this. And now I with out a doubt were here, struggling with and winning the title, it’s a form of emotion. My beefy existence is ready this and I train, on daily basis since I started racing was dedicated to motorsport and each single energy I set apart was for motorsport. It’s correct a immense reward that on the recent time motorsport offers to me. I’m correct gorgeous-ecstatic with what we did. To bewitch a title treasure this there are a form of issues you must position together. From being the auto to the track to having a correct self-discipline-as a lot as manufacture correct races, to attain every nook completely… Quite a bit issues can happen in 16 races, it’s such a long approach whenever you birth the championship it feels the title is so, so a long way, and we had been main from the foremost quallie to the quit. I’m correct gorgeous-ecstatic with that. I had no technical points this 365 days, from the foremost qualifying to now and which formulation plenty about what happens on the workshop in Sweden and what the guys are doing on the weekend. It’s totally insane and hats off to this because every little thing is de facto effectively managed, and we confirmed that on the recent time and all americans saw it.


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