Gabriele Tarquini opened the scoring for victories in the new WTCR seasonApril 8, 2019
BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse pilot Gabriele Tarquini celebrated his victory in the second WTCR race in Marrakech.
The 57-year-old current champion of the series started second and remained in his position after the first turn, while the leader was retained by the holder of the reverse position Nick Catsburg. Up to the 10th round, the situation in the top three, as well as at all other levels of the peloton, remained stable. No one risked, given that between the finish of the second arrival and the start of the third on schedule was only an hour. And it must be the case that it was the leader on the 10th lap who suffered the real drama – on braking, Katsburg suddenly lost control, drove in a straight line and ended up in the fence so promising a race for himself.
Tarquini came out on the first position, which he retained without much difficulty at restart after leaving the safety car, and rushed off to his first victory in the rank of WTCR champion and sixth in the World Cup.
“Nicky had a fantastic start, so I could not overtake him,” commented Tarquini in a blitz interview. – I do not know what happened to him – it seems that there are technical problems. I am very sorry for him, he deserved to win. ”
Jean-Karl Verne, who finished second, conceded three seconds to Italian super veteran.
The most intense struggle in the last laps was boiling for third place – Jan Earlacher, who played one position at the start and another one at the expense of Katsburg, restrained the onslaught of the winner of the Esteban Gerrieri Saturday race, while the WTCR newcomer Mikel Ackona was pressing the Argentinean. The status quo between them has been preserved, but this three at the finish line was divided by some 0.7 seconds.
Behind the Atskon, the race was completed by Erlächer’s Cyan Racing teammates Ted Björk and Ivan Muller.
Closed the top 10 on the results of the arrival of Tiagu Monteiro, pole holder in the third race Frederic Vervish and Nestor Girolami.
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