Berthon explains why the WTCR double is still an achievement too far
Nathanaël Berthon has explained why he became the latest driver not to achieve the seemingly impossible win double in the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup.
Since the all-action series switched to a two-race-per-weekend format for the 2021 season, no driver has managed to win twice during an event, a feat that would require a victory from pole position and again from P10 on the partially reversed grid.
After winning Race 1 at WTCR Race of Alsace GrandEst, Berthon placed eighth at the flag in Race 2 from ninth on the grid aboard his Goodyear-equipped Audi RS 3 LMS. Afterwards he revealed what stopped him from finishing higher up the order for Comtoyou DHL Team Audi Sport.
“From P9 I couldn’t see the lights, just the repeater, which is not the same, and I did a bad start and I lost everything,” Berthon explained. “I was in a bad position and was pushed off at the second corner and I was last basically. But the car was really fast and I was able to overtake two cars and then two more cars on the last lap. It was frustrating and with a better start it could have been different but I still won my home race in WTCR.”
Esteban Guerrieri was the last WTCR driver to win twice in one weekend when the series ran to a different format during the 2020 season. Back then the results of Qualifying Q1 decided the grid for Race 1, the fastest 10 in Q2 started Race 2 in reverse order while the Race 3 grid was made up of the combined Qualifying times with the fastest driver in Q3 starting from pole in Race 3. Guerrieri won Race 1 and Race 3 at the Hungaroring driving a Honda Civic Type R TCR for ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport.