Gilles Magnus scored his first victory in the WTCR − FIA World Touring Automobile Cup after leading Urge 1 at WTCR Urge of Hungary the total scheme from pole space.
Driving a Goodyear-equipped, 2d-era Audi RS 3 LMS, the Comtoyou Crew Audi Sport driver headed team-mate Frédéric Vervisch for heaps of of the inch at the Hungaroring, until Mikel Azcona forced his scheme previous on the very top lap to relate 2d. Yann Ehrlacher also handed Vervisch in the skedaddle to relate a podium and bewitch his new home as Goodyear #FollowTheLeader.
The inch had earlier been interrupted by the intervention of the Honda Civic Form R Limited Version security automobile after Saturday’s high qualifier Rob Huff broke his front left suspension by clipping a tyre stack at the chicane.
“The initiating turn into once going to be valuable,” mentioned Magnus, who made the suitable getaway from his reverse-grid pole space. “After that the strain fell away. I truly must thank Fred for his work attributable to Azcona turn into once coming snappy. I needed this predominant engage and in the end my dream has advance licensed.”
While Magnus and Vervisch made it to Flip 1 without a negate, fifth-placed starter Azcona made contact with the encourage of Yvan Muller’s Lynk & Co beneath braking, which knocked the Frenchman into a lunge. Later in the lap Santiago Urrutia nudged Tiago Monteiro’s ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport Honda out of Flip 3 throughout a frenetic opener.
Because the two Audis led the model, Azcona pressured Ehrlacher for third, the King of WTCR incurring a sunless and white warning flag for violating be aware limits as he worked to establish the Spaniard in the encourage of him. Thed Björk turn into once running fifth before local hero Norbert Michelisz and Huff’s Zengő Motorsport CUPRA Leon Competición.
Azcona moved previous Ehrlacher as Huff’s inch unravelled when he evenly clipped the tyre stack with very top the faintest of touches on lap seven. On the opposite hand it turn into once sufficient to pains his suspension and trot away his Cupra stranded on the circuit, enforcing a security automobile interlude whereas it turn into once recovered.
When the fairway flags flew on lap 12 of an extended inch distance of 14, Vervisch did a superior job of holding encourage the pack as Magnus escaped to bag his victory. But Vervisch turn into once unable to command a Comtoyou 1-2 as Azcona after which Ehrlacher bought by in an moving climax. Vervisch performed fourth, before Björk, Michelisz and Urrutia.
Esteban Guerrieri claimed eighth in his Honda, up from 12th on the grid, before team-mates Néstor Girolami and Monteiro who carried out the tip 10.
Luca Engstler scored functions in P11 before fellow Hyundai driver Gabriele Tarquini and one other local hero Attila Tassi. Jean-Karl Vernay climbed to P14 after starting in P16, however it wasn’t sufficient to establish his functions lead. Unusual Goodyear #FollowTheLeader Ehrlacher now holds a six-level advantage before Urge 2.
Muller recovered from his first-nook lunge to enact because the very top functions scorer in P15 as local driver Bence Boldizs performed 2d to Magnus in the WTCR Trophy. Wildcard Nicola Baldan performed one space extra encourage before the Bäckman siblings Andreas and Jessica, Baldan’s Target Competitors team-mates.
In conjunction with Huff, Nathanaël Berthon turn into once one other non-finisher after retiring to the pits. The Frenchman had correct incurred a 10-2d time penalty for making contact with Tassi and Vernay at the chicane.
Urge 2 at WTCR Urge of Hungary takes space from 15h15 local time.