Girolami and Michelisz make the Most of their opportunities to win in wide-open WTCR

Girolami and Michelisz make the Most of their opportunities to win in wide-open WTCR

10.10.2021: - Girolami and Michelisz become winners nine and 10 of wide-open WTCR season - Goodyear #FollowTheLeader Ehrlacher extends points advantage - Guerrieri back in the title fight with double


- Girolami and Michelisz become winners nine and 10 of wide-open WTCR season

 

- Goodyear #FollowTheLeader Ehrlacher extends points advantage

- Guerrieri back in the title fight with double podium

- Azcona claims P2 in Race 2 after away day in Barcelona earns second TCR Europe title

- Spaniard completes memorable weekend with TAG Heuer Best Lap Trophy

- Heartbreak for home hero Fulín from reversed-grid pole as contact puts him out of Race 1

- WTCR shares top billing with FIM Endurance World Championship at Autodrom Most

- All-action season resumes at Circuit Pau-Arnos in France next weekend





WTCR Race of Czech Republic Race 1 top 3

1 Néstor Girolami (ARG) ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport, Honda Civic Type R TCR, 26m26.520s.
2 Esteban Guerrieri (ARG) ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport, Honda Civic Type R TCR, +1.060s
3 Yann Ehrlacher (FRA) Cyan Racing Lynk & Co, +1.440s
Fastest lap: Néstor Girolami (ARG) ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport, Honda Civic Type R TCR, 1m40.057s (151.5kph)



WTCR Race of Czech Republic Race 2 top 3


1 Norbert Michelisz (HUN) BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Squadra Corse, Hyundai Elantra N TCR, 43m40.427s (152.0kph)
2 Mikel Azcona (ESP) Zengő Motorsport, CUPRA Leon Competitión, +1.508s
3 Esteban Guerrieri (ARG) ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport, Honda Civic Type R TCR, +11.043s
Fastest lap: Mikel Azcona (ESP) Zengő Motorsport, CUPRA Leon Competitión, 1m39.503s (152.3kph)




Top 5 provisional standings after Round 10



1 Yann Ehrlacher (FRA) Cyan Racing Lynk & Co, Lynk & Co 03 TCR, 135 points
2 Esteban Guerrieri (ARG) ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport, Honda Civic Type R TCR, 115
3 Mikel Azcona (ESP) Zengő Motorsport, CUPRA Leon Competitión, 109
4 Santiago Urrutia (URY) Cyan Performance Lynk & Co, Lynk & Co 03 TCR, 105
5 Jean-Karl Vernay (FRA) Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team, 102



The WTCR − FIA World Touring Car Cup boasts an incredible 10 winners from 10 races after Néstor Girolami and Norbert Michelisz became the latest drivers to top the podium in the all-action series when it visited Autodrom Most in Czech Republic for the first time this weekend.



Driving a Goodyear-equipped Honda Civic Type R TCR for ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport, Girolami triumphed in Race 1 ahead of team-mate Esteban Guerrieri before Michelisz held off a determined Mikel Azcona to win Race 2 for his first victory since WTCR Race of Malaysia in 2019 driving a Hyundai Elantra N TCR for BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Squadra Corse.



By finishing third in Race 1 and hot on Guerrieri’s heels in fourth place in Race 2, Cyan Racing Lynk & Co’s Yann Ehrlacher remains the Goodyear #FollowTheLeader with an increased 20-point margin over new second-placed driver Guerrieri heading to his home event, WTCR Race of France, at Circuit Pau-Arnos next weekend (October 15-17).



There were also strong performances from Yvan Muller, Thed Björk (Cyan Performance Lynk & Co) and Jean-Karl Vernay, who finished fourth, fifth and sixth in Race 1 respectively. Muller was in the top six again in Race 2, taking sixth place behind leading Comtoyou DHL Team Audi Sport driver Nathanaël Berthon, who finished fifth behind Ehrlacher.



Although a first victory of 2021 got away from CUPRA-powered Race 2 polesitter Mikel Azcona after he slid wide on exiting the first corner, the Spaniard’s second place and capture of the TAG Best Lap Trophy completed a memorable weekend for the Zengő Motorsport driver.



 Azcona flew back to his native Spain after WTCR Qualifying on Friday to secure his second TCR Europe title by taking a comfortable victory in yesterday’s first race before he flew back to Czech Republic late last night to take part in the two WTCR counters.



Luca Engstler finished as the top FIA WTCR Junior Driver Title contender in both races as Tom Coronel and Gilles Magnus shared the WTCR Trophy wins.



The Most World Weekend also featured an epic finale to the FIM Endurance World Championship for motorbikes when 70 milliseconds separated BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team from YART–Yamaha Official EWC Team in a thrilling finish.





 IT'S CZECH MATE AS GIROLAMI LEADS FELLOW HONDA-POWERED ACE GUERRIERI FOR FIRST 2021 WIN



Néstor Girolami headed Esteban Guerrieri for an ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport 1-2 to score his first victory of the year in Race 1 at WTCR Race of Czech Republic as the FIA WTCR − World Touring Car Cup made an eventful debut at Autodrom Most.



Girolami, the ninth winner from nine WTCR races, started second on the partially reversed grid, survived trouble at Turn 1 and then lead all the way as Guerreri’s sister Honda Civic Type R TCR held off Goodyear #FollowTheLeader Yann Ehrlacher throughout the 15-lap race to claim second.



Girolami dragged past reverse-grid pole position starter Petr Fulín from the lights, the Wildcard entry having reported clutch problems before the start. Then at Turn 1 Norbert Michelisz nudged the rear of Yvan Muller’s Lynk & Co, which knocked fifth-placed starter Nathanaël Berthon into a spin.

 

Local hero Fulín also found himself caught up in the concertina effect, his CUPRA Leon Competición joining Berthon’s Comtoyou DHL Team Audi Sport entry in the gravel trap. That triggered an interruption by the Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition Safety Car.



Racing resumed on lap four as Girolami, who had also been knocked sideways at Turn 1 after the start, made a clean escape at the front. His team-mate Guerreri had made impressive gains from ninth on the grid, took an inside line at Turn 1 and avoided the trouble − and jumped straight up to second. He now put up a fine defence, keeping Ehrlacher − up to third from seventh on the grid − at bay throughout a tense race.



“That was tough,” said a delighted Girolami. “I knew Turn 1 was going to be complicated. I was hit and went flat out to recover from that. I want to thank the team, Honda and the sponsors. Now in Race 2 we have a good chance for more points.”



Behind Guerrieri, Ehrlacher was happy to score a podium to consolidate his advantage at the top of the WTCR standings. “Really valuable points, I’ll definitely take that,” he said.



Ehrlacher headed his uncle Muller, who took the escape road at Turn 1 after his contact and recovered well to finish fourth, fellow Lynk & Co driver Thed Björk letting him past on lap five. Behind the trio of Cyan Lynk & Co 03 TCRs, Jean-Karl Vernay completed the top six in his Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team Elantra N TCR.



Michelisz finished seventh ahead of qualifying pacesetter and Race 2 pole position starter Mikel Azcona. The Spaniard’s Zengő Motorsport team-mate Rob Huff rose from P12 on the grid to finish ninth, passing Tom Coronel out of Turn 2 on the penultimate lap. The Dutchman finished P10 in his Comtoyou DHL Team Audi Sport RS 3 LMS.



The other points scorers were Gabriele Tarquini (Hyundai) in P11, Santiago Urrutia (Lynk & Co), Luca Engstler (Hyundai), Frédéric Vervisch (Audi) and Bence Boldizs (CUPRA).






Richard Rodgers, photos WTCR

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