Vervisch targets performance after tough WTCR start
Frédéric Vervisch is hoping for a change of fortune when the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup presented by OSCARO resumes in Hungary later this month.
The Belgian endured a tough Marrakech weekend, becoming the first driver to retire from a WTCR counter, stopping early in Race 1 with damaged suspension on his Comtoyou Racing-run Audi RS 3 LMS following contact with James Thompson.
That incurred a five-place grid penalty for Race 2, which was curtailed by a brake issue. And there were more brake woes for Vervisch in Race 3 when a failure led to him crashing into the rear of Pepe Oriola’s Cupra TCR.
“Saturday was not good with the incident at the start; but then on Sunday things started much better,” he said. “We changed quite a lot and we were really going in the right direction and were much closer to the WRT cars, but then in the two races I had no brakes. We really don’t know what’s wrong, but two times when I tried to slow I had nothing; I tried to slow it with the handbrake, so we have a big issue there.”
While Vervisch was a non-finisher in Races 2 and 3, his Comtoyou Racing team-mate Denis Dupont was unable to start both due to damage sustained when a brake issue caused a crash in Second Qualifying.
“There’s been a failure somewhere and we need to investigate,” said Vervisch. “It’s up for us to gain a bit of performance, there are still so many races left, but this was not the best start.”
Nathanaël Berthon scored Comtoyou’s best finish at WTCR AFRIQUIA Race of Morocco with P12 in Race 1. Aurélien Panis left North Africa with P14 in Race 2 his best result.