Stories of the first WTCR year: Vervisch completes zero to hero mission in Macau
Frédéric Vervisch became winner number 15 in the inaugural WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup presented by OSCARO season with victory in the second of three races in Macau last month.
It was the perfect way for the Belgian to make up for a disastrous start to his WTCR OSCARO campaign, which began with a point-less trip to Morocco, a weekend that was plagued by brake issues and resulted in three non-finishes.
But it was a different story in Macau where the Circuito da Guia rookie, driving an Audi Sport Team Comtoyou-entered RS 3 LMS, beat Timo Scheider and Yvan Muller top top spot in Race 2 from third on the grid.
“We had a strong car on the straight,” the Belgian ace said afterwards. “Our start was quite okay, I managed to overtake [Kevin] Ceccon and then I was behind Timo, but on the first lap he was pulling away so I thought it would be difficult. But on the second lap his pace dropped a bit and I thought it was a possibility to overtake.
“It was not easy, but I could just overtake before Mandarin. I said it was ‘now or never’, thanks to my great car, and then I think it was just about controlling the race and not making any mistakes. I am very happy and it’s great to be in front of these two legends [Scheider and Muller]. I am very happy for the team as well, for our first victory.”
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