Yann Ehrlacher ‘thankful’ for forty-point championship lead

With victory in the second race of the day, Yann Ehrlacher extended his lead in the World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) standings thanks to a helping hand from team-mate Yvan Muller.

Muller and Ehrlacher had started the reversed-grid race from second and third place respectively, but after a poor getaway from polesitter Bence Boldizs, the two Frenchman eased into the lead of the race.

Muller quickly pulled over to let his nephew through, and in doing so ensured that Ehrlacher would maximise his points tally from the race.

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From then on, Muller acted as a defence from Jean-Karl Vernay behind, but truthfully neither of them were really challenged once they had got out in front.

Overall, the race was a lesson in how to execute team orders perfectly, a lesson which seemed particularly relevant in the wake of Honda’s inter-team battling during the previous round at the Slovakiaring.

In the end, the team’s efforts would result in a forty-point margin in the standings back to Ehrlacher’s nearest rival, Honda’s Esteban Guerrieri.

Naturally, the young Frenchman was rightfully pleased with this, and was keen to acknowledge the support that he has received from everyone at Cyan Racing.

“We had a good start, Yvan and me. We managed to get by the CUPRA and then Yvan let me by and cover my back all the race, so that was a proper team effort. I’m really thankful for this,” Ehrlacher said.

“Then I just had to manage my pace and don’t do any mistakes, be careful with the tyres because I knew if there was a safety car there is no point to build a 10-second gap, so I was managing it.

“A reverse-grid win never tastes the same as a proper win, but it’s good points and I need them.”

Starting race three from eighth place on the grid, Ehrlacher suggested that his fate would be in the hands of the other midfield drivers.

“[You could easily] finish in the barrier as well when you see the standard in the middle and at the back of the field, it looks like a war,” he said.

“It’s going to be exciting and I will try to make my way through the safest way. You never know what can happen, but for me the weekend is already a good second.

“After FP2 we were one and a half seconds off and now we are back in the game with two podiums, so we’ll just keep going that way.”

The final WTCR race at the Hungaroring gets underway later this afternoon at 16:15 CEST (15:15 BST).

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