King of WTCR Yann Ehrlacher scored his first victory of 2021 after beating pole save of residing starter Gabriele Tarquini off the road in Wobble 1 at WTCR Wobble of Portugal.
The Cyan Racing Lynk & Co driver headed a Goodyear-equipped Lynk & Co 03 TCR 1-2-3 sooner than uncle Yvan Muller and Santiago Urrutia after Tarquini was once forced out by tyre injury.
“The bustle initiating up was once factual,” said Ehrlacher. “It was once my finest chance if I wanted to utilize and I managed to pass him into Flip 1.”
Tiago Monteiro finished fourth in his ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Kind R TCR to change into the new Goodyear #FollowTheLeader after title competitors Jean-Karl Vernay and Néstor Girolami did now not pause.
Beginning on the interior of the entrance row, Ehrlacher made it all of the diagram down to Flip 1 beside Tarquini to think a lead he would never lose as in the support of him Girolami met the support of Norbert Michelisz, the Hyundai then making contact with Attila Tassi’s Honda which was once knocked sideways. Vernay furthermore found himself caught up in the drama and picked up a unbiased-entrance puncture, due to the contact, that price him his Goodyear #FollowTheLeader save, whereas Girolami stopped out heading in the good course with heavy entrance-discontinue injury to his Honda and Michelisz toured support to the pits.
Following a immediate intervention by the Honda Civic Kind R Cramped Edition security automobile, the racing action resumed on lap four as Ehrlacher made a factual getaway to quit Tarquini now not easy his lead. “The safety automobile didn’t create my lifestyles easier on chronicle of he had factual top bustle,” said Ehrlacher.
Nonetheless his lifestyles was once rapidly made easier when Tarquini was once forced out by his tyre field, the discontinue consequence of particles on the discover from contact, on lap 9, leaving Muller and Urrutia to follow Ehrlacher home.
Within the support of the trio of Lynk & Cos, Tiago Monteiro and Esteban Guerrieri made the somewhat a pair of the first-corner complications to upward push from ninth and P10 on the grid to mosey fourth and fifth. Crew discussion on the radio in the end persuaded Monteiro to provide up fourth to allow Guerrieri to assault the Lynk & Cos, however when the Argentine did now not create any influence he gave the save of residing support to Monteiro accurate sooner than the pause line, as the Portuguese grew to change into the new Goodyear #FollowTheLeader. “I said it was once going to be appealing and it was once!” said Monteiro. “I’m pleased with P4 from P9 after taking support of the mess on the first corner and it is factual for the championship.”
Within the support of the two Hondas Mikel Azcona set in a obedient performance to upward push from P13 on the grid to pause sixth in his Zengő Motorsport CUPRA Leon Competición. Tassi was once seventh in his Honda after a time out thru a gravel trap sooner than Thed Björk’s Cyan Efficiency Lynk & Co, whereas Gilles Magnus took FIA WTCR Junior Driver Title honours in ninth in his Comtoyou Crew Audi Sport Audi RS 3 LMS, having started P15.
Protect Huff battled laborious to discontinue the highest 10 in his Zengő Motorsport CUPRA, holding off Nathanaël Berthon’s Comtoyou DHL Crew Audi Sport entry and Luca Engstler’s Hyundai which was once furthermore caught up in the trouble at Flip 1. The German reported his steering was once “a chunk to the left”, however it didn’t quit him putting in a appealing performance.
Frédéric Vervisch (Audi), Jordi Gené (CUPRA) and Andreas Bäckman achieved the aspects finishers with Swede Bäckman scoring for the first time.