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.
Néstor 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.