WTCR – Younger star Magnus claims first WTCR victory

WTCR – 2021 WTCR Race of Hungary – Race 1 report 

Gilles Magnus scored his first victory within the WTCR − FIA World Touring Automotive Cup after main Race 1 at WTCR Race of Hungary all the way in which from pole place.

Driving a Goodyear-equipped, second-generation Audi RS 3 LMS, the Comtoyou Workforce Audi Sport driver headed team-mate Frédéric Vervisch for a lot of the race on the Hungaroring, till Mikel Azcona compelled his well past on the final lap to assert second. Yann Ehrlacher additionally handed Vervisch within the scramble to assert a podium and assume his new standing as Goodyear #FollowTheLeader.

The race had earlier been interrupted by the intervention of the Honda Civic Kind R Restricted Version security automobile after Saturday’s high qualifier Rob Huff broke his entrance left suspension by clipping a tyre stack on the chicane.

“The beginning was going to be essential,” mentioned Magnus, who made the right getaway from his reverse-grid pole place. “After that the strain fell away. I’ve to thank Fred for his work as a result of Azcona was coming quick. I wished this primary win and eventually my dream has come true.”

Whereas Magnus and Vervisch made it to Flip 1 and not using a drawback, fifth-placed starter Azcona made contact with the again of Yvan Muller’s Lynk & Co beneath braking, which knocked the Frenchman right into a spin. Later within the lap Santiago Urrutia nudged Tiago Monteiro’s ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport Honda out of Flip 3 throughout a frenetic opener.

As the 2 Audis led the way in which, Azcona pressured Ehrlacher for third, the King of WTCR incurring a black and white warning flag for violating observe limits as he labored to maintain the Spaniard behind him. Thed Björk was working fifth forward of native hero Norbert Michelisz and Huff’s Zengő Motorsport CUPRA Leon Competición.

Azcona moved previous Ehrlacher as Huff’s race unravelled when he flippantly clipped the tyre stack with solely the faintest of touches on lap seven. Nevertheless it was sufficient to wreck his suspension and depart his Cupra stranded on the circuit, imposing a security automobile interlude whereas it was recovered.

When the inexperienced flags flew on lap 12 of an prolonged race distance of 14, Vervisch did an awesome job of holding again the pack as Magnus escaped to safe his victory. However Vervisch was unable to ship a Comtoyou 1-2 as Azcona after which Ehrlacher acquired by in an exhilarating climax. Vervisch completed fourth, forward of Björk, Michelisz and Urrutia.

Esteban Guerrieri claimed eighth in his Honda, up from 12th on the grid, forward of team-mates Néstor Girolami and Monteiro who accomplished the highest 10.

Luca Engstler scored factors in P11 forward of fellow Hyundai driver Gabriele Tarquini and one other native hero Attila Tassi. Jean-Karl Vernay climbed to P14 after beginning in P16, but it surely wasn’t sufficient to maintain his factors lead. New Goodyear #FollowTheLeader Ehrlacher now holds a six-point benefit forward of Race 2.

Muller recovered from his first-corner spin to complete as the ultimate factors scorer in P15 as native driver Bence Boldizs completed second to Magnus within the WTCR Trophy. Wildcard Nicola Baldan completed one place additional again forward of the Bäckman siblings Andreas and Jessica, Baldan’s Goal Competitors team-mates.

Together with Huff, Nathanaël Berthon was one other non-finisher after retiring to the pits. The Frenchman had simply incurred a 10-second time penalty for making contact with Tassi and Vernay on the chicane.

Race 2 at WTCR Race of Hungary takes place from 15h15 native time.

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