Frédéric Vervisch grew to grow to be the major two-time winner within the 2021 FIA WTCR – World Touring Automobile Cup after a hit Flee 1 at WTCR Flee of France.
The Goodyear-geared up Belgian started from the in part reversed grid pole jam in his Comtoyou Crew Audi Sport RS 3 LMS and led the entire means to beat Thed Börk’s Cyan Efficiency Lynk & Co to victory as four buyer racing manufacturers stuffed the head four locations at Circuit Pau-Arnos.
In the initiating Björk made a authorized getaway nonetheless Vervisch held on to handbook into the immediate Flip 1 and a pair of chicane, nonetheless there turned into pain additional abet within the pack. Tiago Monteiro turned into tagged by a sluggish starting Goodyear #FollowTheLeader Yann Ehrlacher, the ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Form R TCR crashing out into the barriers at Flip 3.
That resulted in an intervention from the Honda Civic Form R Restricted Model Security Automobile, while Flee 2 pole jam starter Yvan Muller pitted with hurt. “We did a imperfect begin and then there turned into the mess with Tiago,” acknowledged Muller. “Somebody hit me on the authorized and I in actuality occupy hurt to the authorized axle. If anybody can repair it sooner than Flee 2 it’s my team.” Muller returned to the circuit sooner than the head of the whisk to take a look at the repaired car in preparation for Flee 2.
The racing movement resumed on lap seven and Vervisch correct away built a jam to Björk to steady a convincing victory. “It turned into a little bit tight within the inspiration,” acknowledged Vervisch. “Björk got a bigger begin than us and contact turned into very light, nonetheless the major turned into to shield in entrance within the inspiration. I had a mega restart after the security car and I’m very joyful. Thanks to the team, they deserve this because we’ve had a annoying time this season.”
No longer all the things turned into easy about his consume. “Right here is a truly annoying display screen,” he acknowledged. “Everyone appears to be tormented by mechanical challenges, it’s annoying on the automobile. I’m joyful to enact without any sizable considerations.”
Within the abet of Björk Gabriele Tarquini started and carried out third in his BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Squadra Corse Elantra N TCR, with WTCR title contender Esteban Guerrieri fourth from fifth on the grid in his ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Form R TCR. His team-mate Néstor Girolami turned into fifth.
Norbert Michlisz gave up sixth jam to fellow Hyundai driver Jean-Karl Vernay to abet the Frenchman’s WTCR title sigh. Ehrlacher could presumably maybe presumably easiest enact eighth from sixth on the grid after his troubles on the major lap. “It turned into a elaborate begin for us,” he acknowledged. “We had a miniature scrape within the inspiration which made us abate and I misplaced two positions.”
The final result means Guerrieri has closed the gap at the head of the standings from 25 abet to 20 facets, with Vernay in third, 30 within the abet of Ehrlacher.
Luca Engstler carried out ninth in his Hyundai, with Tom Coronel rounding out the head 10 in his Audi and a hit the WTCR Trophy. The opposite facets finishers had been Nathanaël Berthon (Audi) in P11, Attila Tassi (Honda), Mikel Azcona (Zengő Motorsport CUPRA Leon Competición), Gilles Magnus (Audi) and Santiago Urrutia, who had been docked 5 locations on the grid for impeding Coronel in qualifying.
The CUPRAs of Jordi Gene and Elevate Huff both pitted with pain throughout the whisk, the Briton while working in ninth jam.
Flee 2 at WTCR Flee of France will begin at 12h15 native time.