Gabriele Tarquini scored his first WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup victory for 2 years by leading the total manner from pole pickle in the reverse-grid Speed 1 at WTCR Speed of Spain.
The damaged-down Italian, whose final snatch was at WTCR Speed of Hungary in 2019, headed home hero Mikel Azcona to gain a laborious-earned triumph in his Goodyear-equipped, BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Squadra Corse-flee Hyundai Elantra N TCR at a sweltering MotorLand Aragón.
Tarquini made a solid getaway to maintain his advantage from fellow entrance-row starter Azcona, who chased him laborious in the outlet stages earlier than shedding aid to gain his absolute top end result of the three hundred and sixty five days up to now in his Goodyear-equipped Zengő Motorsport CUPRA Leon Competición.
“I converted pole to victory,” mentioned a overjoyed Tarquini. “However the bustle was no longer as clear-nick as it regarded from the exterior. Azcona was pushing till the extinguish. It was a correct bustle. For that reason of Hyundai for a job effectively carried out. Even with a range of weight we’re competitive.”
King of WTCR Yann Ehrlacher started third, but was pursued by a trio of Comtoyou Audis led by Tom Coronel. The Dutchman pulled a solid recede on lap two to voice third, taking the exterior line into the hairpin after the long straight which gave him the internal for Flip 17. Nathanaël Berthon further demoted Ehrlacher as they crossed the launch/enact line to launch lap three.
On lap six, Coronel allowed Berthon past to high-tail Tarquini and Azcona, but when he failed to provide unparalleled affect on the outlet the Frenchman allowed his team-mate aid through on the final lap to divulge the honorable podium build.
Cyan Racing Lynk & Co’s Ehrlacher labored laborious to maintain off Gilles Magnus in his Comtoyou Crew Audi Sport entry to voice fifth dwelling. Norbert Michelisz dropped positions from his grid slot on the third row, but recovered to enact seventh, with Speed 2 pole pickle starter Frédéric Vervisch chasing him laborious to the flag. The pair made contact on the honorable lap, but Michelisz rebuffed Vervisch’s are attempting to recede.
Goodyear #FollowTheLeader Jean-Karl Vernay accomplished the build he started in ninth, the Frenchman having incurred a 3-dwelling grid penalty for preserving up Coronel during Q2 on Saturday. Thed Björk carried out the stop 10 in his Lynk & Co, having started the bustle from eighth on the grid.
The different points scorers had been Yvan Muller who was one other to enact the build he started in P11, correct ahead of fellow Lynk & Co driver Santiago Urrutia. Luca Engstler was P13 in his Hyundai ahead of home hero Jordi Gené. Esteban Guerrieri was the absolute top of the ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Style R TCRs in P15, while team-mate Tiago Monteiro served a drive-through penalty for a passing throughout the pitlane twice during his reconnaissance laps earlier than the launch.
Speed 2 at WTCR Speed of Spain is scheduled to launch at 13h15 local time over 12 laps.