Yann Ehrlacher heads Cyan Racing 1-2-3 in Zolder race two

Yann Ehrlacher led a Cyan Racing 1-2-3 in the second FIA World Touring Car Cup race at Zolder, inheriting the lead after pole-sitter and early leader Nathanaël Berthon picked up a penalty for a jump start.

Berthon could be seen to creep and then stop before the red lights went out, and although the Comtoyou Racing driver would lead for the initial laps, he was handed a drive-through penalty which dropped him to the back.

Berthon led the initial laps, which were neutralised after the first lap when Cyan Racing’s Thed Björk made contact with Attila Tassi at the first chicane, sending his Lynk & Co into the air as Tassi hit a tyre stack.

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Björk’s car limped only a few more metres with damaged front-right suspension, requiring the race to be neutralised for two laps for its recovery.

When racing resumed Ehrlacher put up no challenge to Berthon, knowing the Audi driver had a penalty, although Berthon appeared to slow down to allow then third-placed Gilles Magnus to attack Ehrlacher.

When Berthon pitted for his penalty at the end of lap five, Ehrlacher assumed the lead and duly opened up a comfortable margin over Magnus, who came under attack from the other two remaining Lynk & Co cars of Yvan Muller and Santiago Urrutia.

On lap 15 Magnus made a mistake at Turn 5 and cut the chicane, allowing Muller into second, whilst Santiago Urrutia claimed the final podium position on the penultimate lap before a late-race safety car halted further attacks.

The late race neutralisation was required when Tassi made contact with the Renault of Jack Young at Turn 7, spinning him into the deep gravel where he became beached and out of the race.

Young had for the past five laps been driving a heavily defensive race from the Hondas of Tiago Monteiro and Tassi, as well as the recovering Berthon.

The lack of final lap racing meant Magnus could not attempt to re-pass Urrutia and had to settle for fourth, ahead of the Münnich Motorsport Honda of Néstor Girolami in fifth.

Comtoyou Racing’s Tom Coronel enjoyed a strong race in sixth, albeit the Dutchman was unable to make any progression from his grid position.

Team Mulsanne’s Jean-Karl Vernay was again in the points in seventh, ahead of the leading Hyundai of BRC Racing’s Norbert Michelisz in eighth.

The top ten was completed by the Engstler-run Hyundais of Nicky Catsburg and Luca Engstler.

Mikel Azcona brought Zengő Motorsport’s new CUPRA Leon Competición home in 11th, ahead of the leading Vuković Motorsport Renault of Dylan O’Keeffe in 12th.

Münnich Motorsport’s Esteban Guerrieri, with a brand new engine in his Honda after his race one blowup, was 13th, having come from the back of the grid.

The recovering Berthon managed to salvage a couple of points with 14th, having recovered from 22nd after his penalty.

Like Guerrieri, Monteiro also came from the back of the grid to claim the final point in 15th, having made up seven places in the race.

Race result

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 68 Yann EHRLACHER Cyan Racing Lynk & Co 03 TCR 18 33:47.255 1:36.976 2
2 100 Yvan MULLER Cyan Racing Lynk & Co 03 TCR 18 0.870 1:37.475 5
3 12 Santiago URRUTIA Cyan Performance Lynk & Co 03 TCR 18 1.376 1:37.283 4
4 16 Gilles MAGNUS Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 18 1.940 1:37.357 3
5 29 Néstor GIROLAMI ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 18 2.617 1:37.523 10
6 31 Tom CORONEL Comtoyou DHL Team Audi Sport Audi RS3 LMS TCR 18 5.694 1:37.358 6
7 69 Jean-Karl VERNAY Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR 18 7.395 1:37.510 9
8 1 Norbert MICHELISZ BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Squadra Corse Hyundai i30 N TCR 18 8.128 1:38.262 11
9 88 Nicky CATSBURG Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team Hyundai i30 N TCR 18 8.678 1:38.296 14
10 8 Luca ENGSTLER Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team Hyundai i30 N TCR 18 9.715 1:38.387 13
11 96 Mikel AZCONA Zengő Motorsport CUPRA Leon Competición 18 9.999 1:38.301 18
12 33 Dylan O’KEEFFE Vuković Motorsport Renault Mégane RS TCR 18 10.173 1:38.051 12
13 86 Esteban GUERRIERI ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 18 11.175 1:38.259 21
14 17 Nathanaël BERTHON Comtoyou DHL Team Audi Sport Audi RS3 LMS TCR 18 14.981 1:36.724 1
15 18 Tiago MONTEIRO ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 18 15.688 1:38.458 22
16 9 Attila TASSI ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 18 18.018 1:37.692 7
17 30 Gabriele TARQUINI BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Squadra Corse Hyundai i30 N TCR 18 18.354 1:38.527 15
18 25 Luca FILIPPI Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR 18 20.851 1:38.935 20
19 55 Bence BOLDIZS Zengő Motorsport CUPRA Leon Competición 18 21.360 1:38.896 17
20 99 Gábor KISMARTY-LECHNER Zengő Motorsport CUPRA Leon Competición 18 21.613 1:39.853 19
R 7 Jack YOUNG Vuković Motorsport Renault Mégane RS TCR 15 DNF 1:38.317 16
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