Vervisch reveals pre-start drama in WTCR
Frédéric Vervisch feared he wouldn’t be able to take up his maiden DHL Pole Position at WTCR AFRIQUIA Race of Morocco yesterday after a technical issue struck prior to the start.
Driving an Audi RS 3 LMS for Comtoyou Team Audi Sport, Belgian Vervisch reckoned the issue hampered his usual pre-race preparations and ultimately cost him a shot at victory during the first weekend of the 2019 WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup presented by OSCARO.
“Before the start we had a steering problem,” explained Vervisch following his second-place finish in Race 3 in Marrakech. “We tried to get a new steering wheel, but we ran out of time so I had to hope it worked and it didn’t on the out lap. So I switched everything off, I had to slow down and everyone had to stay behind me and it was still rolling.
“Then suddenly it worked again, so I said ‘okay, let’s try’. But at the start I didn’t have the normal things I should have and I didn’t move at the start. I’m happy that we finished the race and second place is the best in the situation, and we have points. It’s a long championship and we all know you need points to win the championship.”