PWR gets WTCR campaign off to a flyer in Morocco
PWR Racing experienced a rollercoaster of emotions on its debut in the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup presented by OSCARO last weekend.
Having overcome the “big, big shame” of the puncture that dropped Daniel Haglöf out of the top 10 in Race 1, the Swedish squad was able to celebrate Mikel Azcona’s Race 3 podium, which capped a memorable WTCR AFRIQUIA Race of Morocco for the CUPRA-powered outfit.
“To perform at this level during our first WTCR race weekend is very strong,” said Team Principal Emil Axelsson. “I’m proud and impressed by everyone in the team. Mechanics, engineers and drivers have all been working very hard together. Of course there are things to improve, it’s our debut weekend in WTCR. But wow, a great performance.”
Haglöf was in a comfortable eighth position from P10 on the grid when a front-left puncture forced him to pit. “We are not entirely sure what happened, we believe it was a slow puncture that may have happened due to the contact with Yann Ehrlacher at the beginning of the race,” Axelsson explained. “For sure it was a big, big shame because we were on our way to a great first result.”
Azcona made sure PWR scored a point on its first WTCR / OSCARO appearance in P15, however. And it would get even better for the Spaniard with fifth in Race 2 and third in Race 3. Haglöf’s efforts, meanwhile, were rewarded with a charge from P18 to P10 in the Marrakech weekend’s final race for his maiden WTCR / OSCARO points.