Néstor Girolami headed Esteban Guerrieri for an ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport 1-2 to score his first victory of the year in Skedaddle 1 at WTCR Skedaddle of Czech Republic because the FIA WTCR – World Touring Automobile Cup made an eventful debut at Autodrom Most.
Girolami, the ninth winner from nine WTCR races this season, started second on the in part reversed grid, survived anxiety at Flip 1 after which lead your total design as Guerreri’s sister Honda Civic Model R TCR held off Goodyear #FollowTheLeader Yann Ehrlacher at some stage in the 15-lap scurry to divulge second.
Girolami dragged past reverse-grid pole space starter Petr Fulín from the lights, the Wildcard entry having reported take hang of considerations sooner than the open. Then at Flip 1 Norbert Michelisz nudged the rear of Yvan Muller’s Lynk & Co, which knocked fifth-placed starter Nathanaël Berthon into a walk. Native hero Fulín moreover stumbled on himself caught up in the concertina lift out, his CUPRA Leon Competición becoming a member of Berthon’s Comtoyou DHL Team Audi Sport entry in the gravel lure. That triggered an interruption by the Honda Civic Model R Restricted Model Security Automobile.
Racing resumed on lap four as Girolami, who had moreover been knocked sideways at Flip 1 after the open, made a orderly plod on the front. His team-mate Guerreri had made spectacular gains from ninth on the grid, took an inner line at Flip 1 and refrained from the effort – and jumped straight as a lot as second. He now place aside up a ravishing defence, retaining Ehrlacher – as a lot as third from seventh on the grid – at bay at some stage in a nerve-racking scurry.
“That became now not easy,” acknowledged a pleased Girolami. “I knew Flip 1 became going to be now not easy. I became hit and went flat out to acquire higher from that. I would like to thank the team, Honda and the sponsors. Now in Skedaddle 2 we have confidence got a factual chance for more aspects.”
In the wait on of Guerrieri, Ehrlacher became happy to score a podium to consolidate his advantage on the discontinue of the WTCR standings. “In actual fact treasured aspects, I’ll with out a doubt protect that,” he acknowledged.
Ehrlacher headed his uncle Muller, who took the plod side freeway at Flip 1 after his contact and recovered properly to entire fourth, fellow Lynk & Co driver Thed Björk letting him past on lap 5. In the wait on of the trio of Cyan Lynk & Co 03 TCRs, Jean-Karl Vernay done the discontinue six in his Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team Elantra N TCR.
Michelisz done seventh forward of qualifying pacesetter and Skedaddle 2 pole space starter Mikel Azcona. The Spaniard’s Zengő Motorsport team-mate Purchase Huff rose from P12 on the grid to entire ninth, passing Tom Coronel out of Flip 2 on the penultimate lap. The Dutchman done P10 in his Comtoyou DHL Team Audi Sport RS 3 LMS.
The opposite aspects scorers were Gabriele Tarquini (Hyundai) in P11, Santiago Urrutia (Lynk & Co), Luca Engstler (Hyundai), Frédéric Vervisch (Audi) and Bence Boldizs (CUPRA).