WTCR - Hungaroring - 16-18/10/2020 • The fourth round of the 2020 WTCR season on the Hungaroring was successful for Jean-Karl Vernay and the Mulsanne team. A 3rd place in Race 2 and two more Top 10 finishes allowed the Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce driver prepared by Romeo Ferraris to also obtain three successes in the Trophy classification.
In Race 1, Vernay started perfectly from 8th position on the grid to complete a very bumpy first lap in P7. But behind, Azcona was pressing, very pressing, and launched a move “push and pass” not very elegant but common in WTCR, to overtake the Frenchman. P8 on the finish line, JK will finally be classified P9 after receiving a 1” penalty (track limit).
At the start of Race 2, Berthon missed what JK immediately took advantage of to gain a position and stick in the aspiration of Link & Co of Ehrlacher and Muller. Ideally placed, he took the inside at the first brake to steal 3rd position to Boldzis, started on pole. Chasing several laps behind Muller without finding the opening, sometimes attacked by Urrutia, a little distanced after a safety car following a collision between Coronel and Engstler, he preserved his place until the chequered flag.
Jean-Karl Vernay could enjoy another podium finish: “I was very satisfied with my start. Afterwards, as Yvan said, he managed… it was a family business, which is quite acceptable, it was their strategy. But it complicated things for me because Yvan was slowing me down a bit and Santi [Urrutia] was coming back, so I had to face both. So I stayed calm, I didn’t make any mistakes, I tried to swerve where I could, and to delay when I had to, but I made sure that Santi didn’t pass me. I wasn’t fast enough to pass Yvan and I was happy with the podium. It’s a good result for us, I’m really happy with the balance of the car. It wasn’t the best track for Alfa Romeo in the last two years and I think that showing the consistency we’ve shown since the beginning of the season is a very good thing. We will try to keep going! »
In the third and final race of the weekend, Vernay once again got off to a great start and took fourth place at the expense of Azcona. He was then the only one to follow the pace of the Honda trio for 2/3 of the race before being caught again by the Spaniard on lap 11, in an unstoppable and clean move this time.
Michela Cerruti, Director of Operations for Romeo Ferraris: “I am very happy, we managed to get rid of the bad luck in Budapest, a track where we had never shone much in previous years. We worked hard to adapt the car’s configuration between a wet track on Saturday and a dry one on Sunday. Luca and Jean-Karl both managed to get the best out of the Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce.”
Good weekend for Jean-Karl Vernay who ran his 300th race since his debut in Formula 4. It goes up to the 5th place of the pilot classification of the WTCR and takes the head of the Trophy classification. Next meeting on the 31/10 in Aragon on the circuit of Motorland where the WTCR will land its wheels for the first time of its history.
Race 1 results:
1 – E. Guerrieri / ARG / All-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport / Honda Civic / 12 laps
2 – Y. Ehrlacher / FRA / Cyan Racing Lynk & Co / Lynk &Co / +0.500
3 – N. Girolami /ARG / All-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport / Honda Civic / +1.105
9 – JK. Vernay / FRA / Mulsanne Srl / Alfa Romeo Giulietta / +5.223
Race 2 results:
1 – Y. Ehrlacher / FRA / Cyan Racing Lynk & Co / Lynk &Co / 14 laps
2 – Y. Muller / FRA / Cyan Racing Lynk & Co / Lynk &Co / +1.496
3 – JK. Vernay / FRA / Mulsanne Srl / Alfa Romeo Giulietta / +2.128
Race 3 results:
1 – E. Guerrieri / ARG / All-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport / Honda Civic / 15 laps
2 – T. Monteiro / PRT / All-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport / Honda Civic / +0.478
3 – N. Girolami /ARG / All-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport / Honda Civic / +0.869
5 – JK. Vernay / FRA / Mulsanne Srl / Alfa Romeo Giulietta / +2.055
WTCR driver’s standing:
1 – Y. Ehrlacher / 169 p.
2 – E. Guerrieri / 147 p.
3 – T. Muller / 114 p.
5 – JK. Vernay / 106 p.
WTCR Trophy driver’s standing:
1 – JK. Vernay / 78 p.
2 – T. Coronel / 70 p.
3 – N. Berthon / 53 p.