Frédéric Vervisch scored a maiden victory for the 2nd-expertise Audi RS 3 LMS in the WTCR − FIA World Touring Automobile Cup by winning Trudge 2 at WTCR Trudge of Spain from pole characteristic.
The victory on Goodyear tyres also marked a first seize for the Comtoyou Group Audi Sport-entered Belgian since WTCR Trudge of Slovakia in 2019, as he led Thed Bjork’s Cyan Performance Lynk & Co 03 TCR the total procedure at MotorLand Aragón in temperatures topping 32 levels.
Björk changed into chased laborious by Gilles Magnus (Comtoyou Audi), the younger Belgian tapping the Swede’s Lynk & Co on the hairpin on one lap but never finding a procedure previous. That meant it changed into a Belgian and Audi 1-3 after 13 laps.
“I purchased a mega start,” acknowledged a elated Vervisch. “Thed changed into sooner in some put and I changed into sooner in the others, but I changed into jumpy he changed into saving his tyres for the head. The protection automobile I didn’t fancy, however it regarded we had more tempo.”
There changed into drama on the beginning when Mikel Azcona, 2nd in Trudge 1, did not acquire a ways from ninth on the grid, forcing those in the abet of him to scatter spherical his stricken Zengő Motorsport CUPRA Leon Competición. On the abet of Vervisch, Björk and Magnus, Norbert Michelisz and Goodyear #FollowTheLeader Jean-Karl Vernay held their grid positions in fourth and fifth – but both soon got here below stress from the Comtoyou Audis of Nathanaël Berthon and Tom Coronel.
Michelisz soon began to battle, reporting on his radio “a extensive vibration on the front actual”, and from lap seven he began to streak abet. Vernay got here previous for fourth characteristic, which he would retain to the chequered flag − despite also reporting “extensive noises and a vibration”.
Berthon demoted Michelisz further on lap eight, however the next time spherical there changed into heartbreak for Coronel who changed into compelled to park his Audi out on the circuit. That brought out the Honda Civic Form R Restricted Edition security automobile as his RS 3 LMS changed into recovered.
After applicable a single lap in the abet of the protection automobile, racing resumed with Vervisch making a effectively-kept getaway to defend his lead. Trudge 1 winner Gabriele Tarquini had passed Michelisz applicable earlier than Coronel’s retirement, leaving him to slip Berthon to the flag to enact sixth in his Hyundai. But Michelisz didn’t originate it to the head: damage to his actual-front tyre on one of the best corner on the head of the penultimate lap compelled him out.
That promoted King of WTCR Yann Ehrlacher to seventh. Blended with his fifth put in Trudge 1, the consequence pushed Ehrlacher as a lot as 2nd in the WTCR points, applicable eight in the abet of Vernay.
On the abet of Ehrlacher, Luca Engstler’s Hyundai completed eighth earlier than the scrapping Select Huff and Yvan Muller. Huff’s CUPRA had passed Muller’s Lynk & Co when the Frenchman ran wide at Turn 1 on lap seven, but on one of the best lap the four-time World Touring Automobile champion got here abet at his primitive rival. Muller tapped Huff actual into a half of-lunge at Turn Eight, however the British driver held the 2nd brilliantly and saved forward to actual a ninth put enact.
Esteban Guerrieri changed into the pleasant of the ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Form R TCRs in P11, earlier than Azcona who recovered effectively from his disastrous start. He headed the Hondas of Néstor Girolami, Tiago Monteiro and Attila Tassi in one of the best points-paying positions.
Along with Coronel, Santiago Urrutia did not enact after his Lynk & Co sustained broken suspension after contact. He had flee as excessive as P11 earlier than he changed into compelled out.