In Vallelunga, WTCR Race 1 didn't go as deliberate by the WTCR organizers. After qualifying on Saturday, Lynk & Co had requested them to make choices following a collection of punctures which had affected the Chinese crew. A threat of withdrawal of the 5 automobiles hovered earlier than the beginning and that's what occurred this Sunday. After the formation lap, the Chinese crew determined to recall its drivers to the pits. ” We have knowledgeable all WTCR stakeholders that whole weight and tire scenario is an unimaginable equation. This is just not the choice we wished to make, however no ample answer to this drawback has been discovered for the reason that begin of the Vallelunga weekend till as we speak. “says Lynk & Co in a press launch.
They have been solely eleven to line up on the beginning grid with Nestor Girolami on pole place forward of Mikel Azcona. But if Lynk & Co determined not to participate within the two races of the day, it's exactly to keep away from the quite a few punctures which appeared in Italy. Mehdi Bennani, Tiago Monteiro and even Nathanael Berthon needed to undergo the pits to vary their tyres. The French driver could harbor regrets when he was in third place earlier than his incident. With a lot of particles on the observe, the marshals determined to launch the protection automobile on the observe. Nestor Girolami then needed to accept preserving Mikel Azcona behind him when the inexperienced flag was waved for the ultimate two laps. Gilles Magnus completes the Race 1 podium.
An episode that echoes the Nürburgring
Beyond the consequence, which turns into nearly anecdotal, this isn't the primary time that the WTCR has encountered difficulties with GoodYear tyres. Already on the Nürburgring, the organizers have been pressured to cancel each races after critical dangers of punctures. In Italy, the warmth of the asphalt definitely contributed to worsen the scenario. But solutions should now be supplied by all of the actors involved after a new episode which raises many questions. The second race of the day is scheduled for five:00 p.m.
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