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Jul 16

Race report: Ehrlacher signs with breakthrough WTCC win

“It’s a very nice feeling and I can’t really believe it” – Yann Ehrlacher Race report: Ehrlacher signs with breakthrough WTCC winYann Ehrlacher scored a breakthrough maiden FIA World Touring Car Championship victory at WTCC Race of Argentina, converting a career-first standing start pole position into victory number one for him and the privateer RC Motorsport team.The 21-year-old nephew of four-time WTCC champion Yvan Muller led away from the line only for contact with Tom Chilton to drop him back to second place. However, event officials deemed that the Sébastien Loeb Racing driver had gained an unfair advantage and handed Chilton a five-second time penalty, which dropped him from first to fourth at the finish of the Opening Race.

Nicky Catsburg made the most of his DHL pole position to lead the Main Race only to suffer a front-left puncture for the second race running. That let in Norbert Michelisz for his second consecutive win as factory Honda team-mate Tiago Monteiro gained the edge in the title chase with the runner-up spot. Heading into the summer break, Monteiro leads Thed Björk by an increased margin of 12 points with Michelisz up to third despite a non-score in the Opening Race following a puncture.

The complete article here on fiawtcc.com

source: fiawtcc.com

 

Tiago Monteiro increases his lead in the WTCC

Tiago Monteiro added another podium to his FIA World Touring Car Championship, WTCC, record with a solid weekend in Argentina. His second place in the main race, combined with a fifth in the opening round, allowed the Portuguese driver to consolidate his lead in the championship, increasing it to 12 points over his nearest rival.

In the first race, Tiago moved up from 7th place on the grid and was involved in intense fighting from start to finish, allowing him to finally move up to 5th place, 1 tenth of a second behind 4th and 3 tenths off the podium.

But the best was yet to come in race two where Tiago secured a place on the second step of the podium, his seventh from 12 races so far this season.

“It was a toug race with lots of battles, especially at the beginning. I took a few risks, but from my point of view everything was under control and ultimately it paid off,” Tiago explained. “I am the driver who scored the most points from the two Argentine races and this is important for the championship. We reached the goal we set ourselves before we head into the summer break and we can all have a nice quiet holiday.”

Despite his 12-point lead in the championship, Tiago warned his fans that things are not comfortable enough for the team to rest on its laurels just yet. “There are still many points to be won in the last 4 race weekends and the competitiveness of our opponents has already been proven. The next races will be difficult and it is the team that manages the pressure the best that will get the results. For my part, there is no hesitation: I will give my best, in all situations, until the end of the championship.”

Tiago now has 3 months to recharge his batteries and prepare to be at his best for the final straight when the FIA WTCC resumes on October 14 and 15 in China, on the Ningbo International Speedpark.

source: tiagomonteiro.com

 

Esteban Guerrieri shines on home turf with win and podium

Argentinean Guerrieri stepped third onto the overall podium in race one and secured WTCC Trophy win in race 2 in his Campos Racing-entered Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1.

Campos Racing and Esteban Guerrieri delivered a strong performance at Termas de Río Hondo rewarded with another WTCC Trophy win in the Main race and a third place overall in the Opening race. Guerrieri and Campos Racing closed the gap on the WTCC Trophy and WTCC Teams’ Trophy leaders.

Guerrieri made an excellent start to the weekend on Saturday morning as he took 2nd place overall in the free practice session posting a lap of 1:43.576, a mere three-tenths of a second off the pace. Guerrieri continued his impressive form later in qualifying and in his Campos Racing-run Chevrolet the local hero made it into the Q3. Campos Racing driver clocked a time of 1:43.704 to take fourth spot on the starting grid.

In the Opening race, Guerrieri lined up 7th on the reverse starting grid. Lap 2 saw Guerrieri moving through the field as he overtook the “Volvo army” to move up to fourth place. He managed to keep factory cars at bay and managed to defend the fourth place. Then, Tom Chilton was given a 5-second time penalty and Guerrieri inherited third place behind Yann Ehrlacher and Mehdi Bennani.

Later in the Main race, Guerrieri lost track position straight away at the start on the first lap. Despite he dropped to sixth, Argentina’s Esteban still recovered to finish fourth after passing his fellow countryman Néstor Girolami. Besides, he held down a solid triumph in the WTCC Trophy class.

Guerrieri still sits fourth in the WTCC Trophy drivers’ standings on 70 points, 17 points behind Bennani, Chilton and Rob Huff, who are tied on 87 points. Campos Racing lies third in the WTCC Teams’ Trophy.

The World Touring Car Championship will resume in China on 14-15 October.

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source: camposracing.com

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