BRC Racing take the positives from difficult WTCR opener


June 09, 2021

by Phil Kinch

BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Squadra Corse endured a difficult start to its 2021 FIA World Touring Car Cup - WTCR effort at the opening races on the Nürburgring Nordschleife, however, there were positives to be taken away from the performance of the new Hyundai Elantra N TCR in it WTCR debut.

Despite a slow start in Free Practice, both Gabriele Tarquini and Norbert Michelisz were able to extract good speed in Qualifying to line up in fifth and third places respectively for the reverse grid race whilst the main race would see them line up in sixth and eighth places respectively.

Tarquini was able to get one of his trademark starts off the line in race one and this lead to him being able to pressure Yann Ehrlacher, which involved contact from the experienced tintop racer before he pursued Yvan Muller for the lead.

A move on the Döttinger Höhe straight led to him going around the outside of the Lynk & Co driver where he lost out going into Tiergarten and fall back down the order to finish in sixth place, behind team-mate Norbert Michelisz.

Race two was a write off for the team as Michilesz made contact with Mikel Azcona, leaving him an instant retirement whilst Tarquini also retired from the race due to picking up damage from the incident, and both cars out on the spot.

Despite this outcome, Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team were able to showcase what the new Elantra could do on track with a controversial one-two finish, giving BRC Racing Team principal Gabriele Rizzo some hope about what Tarquini and Michelisz could soon achieve themselves.

"Naturally, we are disappointed today. We showed we had the pace to win at Race of Germany but incidents outside of our control prevented us from bringing home a great result. We are delighted with the overall results of the Hyundai Elantra N TCR, with Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team securing a brilliant 1-2 finish in Race 2."

"A year ago we started supporting Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing on the development of this new car, and to see it immediately able to win race makes myself and our whole team proud of the work we have done in the past year. The team will keep working hard and we look forward to the next race in Portugal."

The 2021 FIA World Touring Car Cup - WTCR returns to action in three weeks time as it moves onto the Circuito do Estoril for the WTCR Race of Portugal.

Image Credit: DPPI Images / FIA WTCR

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