Driver quotes ahead of WTCR Race of France

Driver quotes ahead of WTCR Race of France

11.10.2021: WTCR Race of France Circuit Pau-Arnos October 15-17th, 2021 WHO SAID THAT? NathanaŽl Berthon (FRA) Comtoyou DHL Team Audi Sport / Audi RS 3 LMS: ďI know the track is in France and I know itís going to take six or seven hours by car t

WTCR Race of France
Circuit Pau-Arnos
October 15-17th, 2021



WHO SAID THAT?



Nathanaël Berthon (FRA) Comtoyou DHL Team Audi Sport / Audi RS 3 LMS: “
I know the track is in France and I know it’s going to take six or seven hours by car to get there but that’s all I know! It’s really good for the circuit to have the WTCR coming and it’s good to race in France. We have prepared well but we also need to adapt quickly. But that’s actually one of my strengths I would say.


I can adapt really quickly to new tracks, which I think comes from the Andros Trophy that I am doing in the winter. When you are racing on ice the track is changing all the time so you have to adapt really quickly. But the other drivers will pick up quickly as well because all the drivers are super-talented in WTCR. Of course, I want to do well in France and be the best of the French drivers.



We are working hard and the car should suit the track. It has really short corners and actually we have quite a good rotation with the car on the short corners. I’ll be sharing all the information I have with my team-mates and we’ll be doing the maximum to get a good result.”





Yann Ehrlacher (FRA) Cyan Racing Lynk & Co / Lynk & Co 03 TCR:
“The last time the WTCC was in Pau I was in the kindergarten, I was still really young! We did a few laps a few weeks ago in a Mijet to learn the track but that’s the only real knowledge I have and from what I have seen on the internet because it’s 900 kilometres from my home.


But even when a track is completely new, in 10 laps we should be at our full potential. Like always we will do one even two laps walking to see all the kerbs and all the things we need to know before starting the weekend. The laps we did in the rear-wheel drive Mijet was just to learn the track and feel familiar with the atmosphere there, with all the landscape.


The track is not well known, it’s small but it’s interesting and it will be nice to do a proper Qualifying lap there and with no long straight it will be good for our car. Since I entered World Touring Cars I never got to race at home so it will be nice to meet the French fans and promote our sport in France.



Winning means everything everywhere but it will be a special meaning if we hear the French national anthem on our home soil, it’s a tick in our career.”





Jordi Gené (ESP) Zengő Motorsport Drivers’ Academy / CUPRA Leon Competición:
“You’ll never believe this, but the first time I ever drove a proper racing car was at Pau-Arnos! It was 1986 and I was 16 years old. I’d just won the Spanish championship in go-karts and my father gave me a present of an afternoon in a formula car, which was one of the cars from the Thierry Cangas Racing School that was based at the track.


We didn’t have anything like this in Spain and the track was brand-new at the time, so we found out it existed and drove the few hours to get there. I wish I could remember how the track went as maybe it would be a big advantage now. All I remember is sitting in the car and thinking, ‘wow, I’m in a real formula car,’ but being so small I struggled to reach the pedals and see out of the car at the same time.



The track was up and down and up and down again, but I don’t really recall anything else. Unfortunately, I never took any pictures either because I never thought in my wildest dreams that I could make a career from driving racing cars. I thought that would be my one time.”





Tiago Monteiro (PRT) ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport / Honda Civic Type R TC
R: “I’ve never raced at Circuit Pau-Arnos but my father did in the Porsche Cup when I was doing Formula 3 in France. I’ve seen videos of course and I’ve done some simulator laps.


It looks like a very challenging track and everybody who has been there says it’s one of those tracks where you need big guts and have got to go for it. We’ve only got 45 minutes and 30 minutes to get used to it before Qualifying whereas I know most of our competitors went testing there. In theory the track should be good for our car, but we need to see how the weight will be.”




Yvan Muller (FRA) Cyan Racing Lynk & Co / Lynk & Co 03 TCR:
“Somebody told me I raced F3 there in 1991 but I really don’t remember and I certainly have no home advantage! It’s an old-shape circuit, quite fun to drive from what I experienced when I was there two weeks ago driving a Mijet car.


It’s quite an up and down circuit, quite narrow in places with one or two places to overtake, which will make qualifying super-important. It will be good to welcome some more friends to the track and it will be nice to hear more French accents in the paddock.



I also like the southwest region of France where they have a lot of heavy food like they do in the east part where I am from!”




Jean-Karl Vernay (FRA) Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team / Hyundai Elantra N TCR:
“I’ve never raced at Circuit Pau Arnos but I was there 14 years ago to bed-in brake pads for the F3 Euroseries race in Pau city and I went there a few weeks ago, like many drivers, to know a bit about where it goes.


I don’t remember the last time I raced in France so I’m super-happy to be back. I love the region around Pau and hopefully I will see some of the fans I met when I won races in Pau city in Formula 4, Formula Renault and the Porsche Cup. It’s seven hours from Lyon, my city, but definitely it’s cool to be going there.”





THE BIG NUMBER: 68


The coveted #1 is not being carried in 2021 with King of WTCR Yann Ehrlacher electing to stick with #68, the number he used to win last year’s WTCR − FIA World Touring Car Cup title and the number of Haut-Rhin, the French department where he’s from.





 Richard Rodgers, photos WTCR


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