Impressed Goodyear tyre decision reignited the WTCR – FIA World Touring Automotive Cup title battle in Run 1 at WTCR Run of Aragón, as Néstor Girolami proficient ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport crew-mate Esteban Guerrieri a well-known victory at a sunny but real-slippery MotorLand Aragón.
The Honda-powered crew’s decision to walk moist Goodyear tyres on the rear and slicks on the front of Girolami and Guerrieri’s Honda Civic Style R TCRs gave them a serious grip profit to upward thrust from P11 and P16 on the grid respectively to dispute an ravishing crew one-two.
Goodyear #FollowTheLeader Yann Ehrlacher accomplished sixth from fifth on the grid in his Cyan Racing Lynk & Co 03 TCR, which cuts his profit to exact 16 capabilities earlier than Run 2.
“Thanks for Néstor for the capabilities – it’s his procure,” acknowledged Guerrieri, who absolute top took the lead on the last lap when his crew-mate slowed to enable him ahead. “Going from the pits to the grid it became as soon as sunny, but there may be some humidity here and the music became as soon as aloof moist and doesn’t dry like a flash. We gambled attributable to we had nothing to lose. We knew we were gradual yesterday and don’t hang the instruments or weapons to fight, but this worked smartly.”
Girlolami acknowledged: “We made the ideally succesful decision in the ideally succesful 2d. When the sun is coming out it’s now not easy to make a choice out that call. My first lap became as soon as helpful!”
Ehrlacher became as soon as circumspect about the dart. “It became as soon as truly tough,” he acknowledged. “Honda made a different tyre decision – and it became as soon as real it appears that.”
From the 2d the lights went out at the initiating, it became as soon as sure how tiny grip there became as soon as on the music as DHL Pole Blueprint starter Santiago Urrutia struggled to retain his lead in his Cyan Performance Lynk & Co. After a busy first lap, Girolami had risen from P11 to the lead and like a flash opened a gap to Nathanaël Berthon and Gilles Magnus in their Comtoyou Audis – who had additionally chosen moist Goodyears for the rears.
Whereas Guerrieri and Girolami claimed the end two positions, WTCR Rookie Award winner Magnus passed Berthon to fabricate third, earlier than local hero Mikel Azcona in his Zengő Motorsport CUPRA Leon Competición. Ehrlacher became as soon as subsequent, earlier than his uncle and crew-mate Yvan Muller.
Jean-Karl Vernay described the must haves as “undrivable” on slicks in his Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR by Romeo Ferraris, as he slipped from 2d on the grid to eighth at the flag. He became as soon as exact earlier than the dissatisfied Urrutia, who’s aloof chasing his first WTCR victory. Attila Tassi, the absolute top one in all the Hondas to walk slicks all round, carried out the end 10.
The opposite capabilities finishers were Thed Björk in P11, despite being spun around by Luca Filippi, Tom Coronel (Audi) in P12, Luca Engstler (Hyundai), Aurélien Comte (Vuković Motorsport Renault Mégane RS TCR) and Gabriele Tarquini (Hyundai).
Tiago Monteiro retired from P10 on the penultimate lap after hitting a tyre stack and losing a wheel from his Honda. His incident may perchance want ended in the deployment of the Honda safety car, which would hang prevented Girolami and Guerrieri from switching positions.
Run 2 at WTCR Run of Aragón takes procedure at 13h15h local time.