Yann Ehrlacher says weekend is ‘accomplished’ after win and family podium

Yann Ehrlacher leaves Zolder feeling ‘accomplished’ after the Cyan Racing driver claimed victory in the second FIA World Touring Car Cup race in Belgium, beating his Uncle Yvan Muller in the process.

Ehrlacher started the race from second on the grid and followed pole-sitter Nathanaël Berthon for the first few laps, unable to match the pace of the Audi driver during the opening lap.

But Ehrlacher also saw that Berthon had jumped the start, and thus saw no need to drive too hard to take the lead, knowing that his fellow Frenchman ahead would have to serve a drive-through penalty.

- Advertisement -

When racing resumed on lap four following a brief safety car intervention, Ehrlacher had the support of Cyan Racing team-mates Muller and Santiago Urrutia behind to ease to a first win of the season.

The result was made even sweeter for the 24-year-old as he finished with his uncle just behind and Santiago Urrutia completing the Lynk & Co clean sweep of the podium.

“Everything happened at the start,” explained Ehrlacher. “I saw that he [Berthon] jumped the start straight away. He still did two or three laps and he had a really good pace.

“It would have been really difficult for me I think to follow that pace. Then he went to the box and I had a free way to work on my pace, saving my tyres until the end, because it’s quite a long race.

“Then I started to build a gap with the guys behind me and all the race went well.

“I was really pleased with the fact that all three of us are on the podium and again it’s a family podium with Yvan, so my weekend is well accomplished.”

Victroy for Ehrlacher, combined with points for qualifying and seventh in race one on Saturday, means he leaves Belgium as the leader of the drivers’ championship standings, with 43 points to his name, seven ahead of Néstor Girolami.

“I’m just so happy to claim my first victory for the team and to lead the championship. We just did a better job than the others this weekend.

“It’s fantastic to give the team this result after all of their hard work ahead of the season.”

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

Stay Connected

7,329FansLike
6,604FollowersFollow

Must Read

Hyundai Motorsport reveals new Elantra N TCR model

Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing has revealed its latest TCR touring car, the Elantra N TCR, bringing another saloon body shape to the global world of TCR designs.
- Advertisement -

Ash Sutton drops to third following race three time penalty for ‘gaining unfair advantage’

Laser Tools Racing's Ash Sutton has dropped to third in the results of the final British Touring Car Championship race of the day at Silverstone after being deemed to have gained "an unfair advantage during an incident with Tom Ol

Dan Lloyd: ‘I feel like I was due some bad luck’

Dan Lloyd was accepting of his non-finish in the second TCR Europe race at Monza, with the Brutal Fish Racing driver accepting the puncture which caused him to pick up his first non-score of the season.

Ollie Jackson ‘really emotional’ after maiden victory in race three at Silverstone

Motorbase Performance's admitted he was "really emotional" after securing his first ever British Touring Car Championship victory after a great battle with Tom Oliphant in the final contest at Silverstone.

Related News

Hyundai Motorsport reveals new Elantra N TCR model

Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing has revealed its latest TCR touring car, the Elantra N TCR, bringing another saloon body shape to the global world of TCR designs.

Ash Sutton drops to third following race three time penalty for ‘gaining unfair advantage’

Laser Tools Racing's Ash Sutton has dropped to third in the results of the final British Touring Car Championship race of the day at Silverstone after being deemed to have gained "an unfair advantage during an incident with Tom Ol

Dan Lloyd: ‘I feel like I was due some bad luck’

Dan Lloyd was accepting of his non-finish in the second TCR Europe race at Monza, with the Brutal Fish Racing driver accepting the puncture which caused him to pick up his first non-score of the season.

Ollie Jackson ‘really emotional’ after maiden victory in race three at Silverstone

Motorbase Performance's admitted he was "really emotional" after securing his first ever British Touring Car Championship victory after a great battle with Tom Oliphant in the final contest at Silverstone.

Ash Sutton full of praise for ‘absolutely phenomenal’ Infiniti after storming to second in race three

Laser Tools Racing's Ash Sutton was full of praise for his Infiniti Q50 after storming from the back of the grid to second in the final British Touring Car Championship race of the day at Silverstone.
- Advertisement -