WTCR – 2021 WTCR Race of Hungary – Race 2 report
Santiago Urrutia turned the eighth winner from eight races within the 2021 WTCR – FIA World Touring Automotive Cup because the Uruguayan led all the best way in Race 2 at WTCR Race of Hungary.
His Goodyear-equipped Cyan Efficiency Lynk & Co 03 TCR successfully began from pole place after prime qualifier Rob Huff was compelled to start out from the pitlane following the suspension harm he incurred in Race 1.
Urrutia led from lights to flag from Néstor Girolami’s ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Kind R TCR and Frédéric Vervisch’s Comtoyou Staff Audi Sport Audi RS 3 LMS, a outcome that ensured a podium that includes three totally different buyer racing manufacturers.
Urrutia’s victory strikes him stage with fellow Lynk & Co-powered driver Yann Erhlacher within the factors standings, however with another podium end this 12 months it means the race winner takes over Goodyear #FollowTheLeader standing.
“This weekend exhibits it’s important to focus by yourself factor and it’s important to be 100 per cent each weekend,” stated a delighted Urrutia after the second victory of his WTCR profession up to now. “I made a mistake in Aragón, so it feels good to be again on prime. That is solely my second season, so I didn’t count on to be this aggressive.”
As anticipated, the beginning proved essential on the Hungaroring. Huff lined up his Zengő Motorsport CUPRA Leon Competición on the finish of the pitlane after his workforce ran out of time to restore the harm from skimming a chicane tyre stack in Race 1. That left Urrutia with a free run right down to Flip 1, because the pack jostled behind him.
Girolami made contact with dwelling hero Norbert Michelisz, sending the Hyundai driver right into a spin – to the extraordinary disappointment of the enthusiastic partisan crowd that had been welcomed again to the circuit’s most important grandstands this 12 months. The Honda driver continued in second place as Michelisz rejoined manner down the order.
Frédéric Vervisch made a lightning begin from ninth on the grid and located himself transferring as much as third as the sector exited Flip 1. “It was loopy to start out P9 and discover myself right here on the rostrum,” stated the Comtoyou Staff Audi Sport driver. “At first everybody went to the within.” That opened up house for him to capitalise on his speedy getaway.
Additional down the sector, Andreas Bäckman was knocked into the barrier at Flip 3 in his Goal Competitors Hyundai, however quickly the sector settled down right into a high-speed practice across the 4.381-kilometre circuit.
Behind the highest three Mikel Azcona adopted up his Race 1 podium with fourth for Zengő Motorsport, the Spaniard as soon as once more making contact with Yvan Muller on the primary lap, this time at Flip 2.
King of WTCR Ehrlacher completed fifth to make sure he leaves WTCR Race of Hungary stage on factors with Urrutia on the head of the desk, with Muller sixth and Thed Björk seventh to finish a powerful weekend for the Cyan drivers.
Esteban Guerrieri was eighth in his Honda, forward of Race 1 winner Gilles Magnus, whereas native hero Attila Tassi rounded out the highest 10.
Tiago Monteiro was P11 in his Honda, with Nathanaël Berthon (Comtoyou DHL Staff Audi Sport) subsequent up. Jean-Karl Vernay, who got here into the weekend because the Goodyear #FollowTheLeader, accomplished a troublesome race day with P13 from P16 on the grid, whereas a disenchanted Michelisz recovered from his first nook troubles to complete in P14.
The ultimate factors finisher was Luca Engstler (Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Staff), whereas Huff was categorized in P18.
Magnus was prime FIA WTCR Junior and WTCR Trophy finisher. Engstler and Bence Boldizs accomplished the WTCR Junior prime three, whereas Tom Coronel was second within the WTCR Trophy order forward of Boldizs.