WTCR Race of Hungary Race 1 press conference

WTCR Race of Hungary Race 1 press conference

22.08.2021: Gilles Magnus, Mikel Azcona and Yann Ehrlacher attended the Race 1 press conference at WTCR Race of Hungary. WTCR Race of Hungary, Hungaroring, August 20-22, 2021 WTCR − FIA World Touring Car Cup, rounds 7 and 8 of 16 Hungaroring, August 22,


Gilles Magnus, Mikel Azcona and Yann Ehrlacher attended the Race 1 press conference at WTCR Race of Hungary.


WTCR Race of Hungary, Hungaroring, August 20-22, 2021
WTCR − FIA World Touring Car Cup, rounds 7 and 8 of 16
Hungaroring, August 22, 2021



In attendance:

Gilles Magnus (Comtoyou Team Audi Spoer), first position
Mikel Azcona (Zengő Motorsport), second position
Yann Ehrlacher (Cyan Racing), third position





Gilles, what a race and what a win. Talk us through it.



Gilles Magnus (Comtoyou Team Audi Spoer), first position



A big relief, I have to say. When I knew I was starting on pole I had a good feeling because this is a track where you need downforce and starting in front is a big advantage for sure. But you have still got to nail the start because it’s a long way to the first corner, so for me that was the crucial moment. We did that very well and afterwards it was just managing.



I was lucky to have Fred just behind me, he defended for me very well so I have to thank him for that, good team work. I’ really so happy because finally, we deserved this for a long time. I’ve been second a few times, so I’m really happy with this win.




Your first WTCR win and you’ve jumped up to P3 in the standings. I bet you didn’t expect that this weekend.



Gilles Magnus (Comtoyou Team Audi Spoer), first position


No, for sure. We have had a difficult start to the season, so to be third in the championship is super.





Poor old Fred. Before the start he told us he had a really bad feeling about this one and unfortunately he did get swallowed up on the last lap. But until then it was such good team work.



Gilles Magnus (Comtoyou Team Audi Spoer), first position


Exactly, yeah. I don’t know what happened in the end, but it’s a shame for him. It would have been nice to be 1-2, it would have been amazing. Same colours as well. That’s how it is but I really have to thank him. He made my race and made me win today, so thanks to him and thanks to the team.






Mikel, congratulations on second place. Talk us through your race.



Mikel Azcona (Zengő Motorsport), second position



First of all, congrats to Gilles and Yann. It was a very challenging race, that’s true. From the start I didn’t know what Muller did, he went left as I was going straight going to a right corner, so I was very surprised by this move. And from this point I had really good pace, I was quite comfortable in the car.


I tried to push [Yann] on the first laps beut I could see he was also very strong so I decided to keep going all together. I saw he had several track limits so I said OK, now is the moment to attack. I did it, I could overtake just before the safety car. And after the safety car with three laps remaining I said I have to do it. In the first laps, I said oof, maybe it’s not so easy, [Fred] is pushing very hard, closing the doors very well.


I tried some moves but I couldn’t manage it, so I went again behind Vervisch and on the last lap I saw he was doing a mistake at the chicane and was faster on the exit, so I decided to go in that corner. I went to the inside and unfortunately when he closed the door I was on the inside.


So I’m very sorry for him, but they were very close battles. I’m happy to be P2 here at the Hungaroring at my team’s home track, so there’s much pleasure for this and I’ll keep going.





On the incident with Yvan, what do you anticipate is going to come out of that?



Mikel Azcona (Zengő Motorsport), second position



For me it is really clear. I was faster on the straight and I say OK, I go to the left, we are three wide. But of course I didn’t want to go on the outside at the first corner because you know when you are three wide and you are the last car on the left you don’t have a chance.


I went to the left, to brake and have a better performance than him. But on braking I saw him going to the left and that’s why we had a contact, because he went to the left on a right corner, so I didn’t understand that. For me it is really clear.





So the Goodyear #FollowTheLeader jacket you liked a lot last year, so you decided to take it back, yes?


Yann Ehrlacher (Cyan Racing), third position


Yes, it feels good to be leading even if we are only on the fourth race weekend. There is still a long way, there are a lot of races won in a few hours, all the gaps are really close. It doesn’t mean anything, I would say at the moment, it just feels good. We just have to take it race by race because when we see how the races are so eventful we have to take the most out of everything.





Talk us through that race from your perspective.



Yann Ehrlacher (Cyan Racing), third position



The start was not bad, I went on the inside because I reviewed quite a lot of races and it’s much more safe to be on the inside. Then I tried to push but I hadn’t the pace to keep that third place in front of Mikel. So he passed me, I judged it was better for my race if I don’t make his life too complicated.



And then after the safety car restart I saw that Frédéric and him were having quite a nice battle, so I have to stay close and maybe I will have a go. And that’s exactly what happened.





You were just waiting for a mistake to happen so you could clean up…



Yann Ehrlacher (Cyan Racing), third position



Exactly, exactly. I saw it coming, there was a big chance so I just had to be here to take the opportunity and that’s what we did. So it’s good points, for me, for the team especially. We lead the team championship as well, which is important for Lynk & Co and Cyan. We will keep working that way.






Question from Máté Jámbor from Racingline.hu: You took the lead in the championship, so no looking back now, especially as we are going to your home turf soon.


Yann Ehrlacher (Cyan Racing), third position



True, it’s a good thing. As I said we are really early in the championship. It’s a good position to be in. People say don’t be in the lead too early, then you have to defend blah, blah, blah. That’s bullshit because if you are in the lead you are in the lead and there is no more pressure of this.


It’s even better to be in the lead of the championship for the teams because it means a lot and that’s what we need especially. So now we will go to France and I’m really happy there is a race in my home country. It didn’t happen since I’ve been racing on the world stage. So I’m really pleased for this and we are in a good position, so I’m looking forward.





Back to Mikel. A question from Máté Jámbor from Racingline.hu. You’ve managed to get on the podium at your team’s home race and you’ve already said how you feel. Do these kind of emotions improve your performance?



Mikel Azcona (Zengő Motorsport), second position



Yes, of course, always. When you get good results it’s always better for your performance. You feel fast, you feel strong. I really think so, but at the same time you need to keep training, to keep going and don’t stop. We saw that every weekend everything can happen.


One day you are here, another day you are down. You need to keep pushing and that’s the goal I think. But of course it is helping.





Richard Rodgers, photos WTCR
    

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