Catsburg explains tough start to WTCR raceday in Slovakia
Nicky Catsburg has blamed the combination of his own mistake and hefty contact from a rival for his failure to convert his DHL pole position into his first race win in the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup presented by Slovakia.
Catsburg had high hopes of a strong result in Race 1 but was quickly in trouble on a damp but drying track in his Hyundai i30 N TCR.
“I made a mistake in Turn 1 which made me be in traffic and, unfortunately, when you are in traffic you are going to be hit and hit hard,” said the BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Racing Team driver. “I was hit extremely hard in Turn 4 and my car was done. It was just one big survival after that
“I had to let my team-mates through, after first trying to keep them behind for a bit, but no chance. I had a very nice last couple of laps with Tom Coronel but obviously I was a bit slower because of my issues but he was not smashing me off like everybody else.
“I hope the next races are a little more clean but I shouldn’t have made a mistake. I was a little bit too quick into the first corner. I had a poor start compared to the Ma Qinghua and I wanted to stay in the lead and then the track was a little damp, a tricky situation but my race was done because of the big hit.”
He continued: “I had some splitter damage and the bodywork was in between my tyre and the car so I couldn’t turn to the right as much as I could to the left. Actually I was surprised I managed to finish where I did. It’s not been my most lucky season.”