Race victories and podiums for BRC Racing Team
Our customer team, BRC Racing Team, extended its lead further at the top of both title standings in WTCR after wins in Race 1 and Race 2 with Mikel Azcona and Norbert Michelisz respectively at the Race of Bahrain.
The team also secured an impressive pole position with the Elantra N TCR in sweltering conditions at the Bahrain International Circuit.
A 1-2 finish
Under the floodlights for Race 1, BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse driver Mikel powered to a lights-to-flag victory, claiming his fourth win of the season.
“Bahrain has been a fantastic weekend for us,” explained Mikel. “To get another win in Race 1 was amazing, it’s given us lots of important points.”
Team-mate Norbert qualified fourth, but had a fantastic start off the line, enabling him to slot into second position, where he would remain at the chequered flag.
“This weekend feels like a dream, it’s been amazing,” said a smiling Norbert. “The car was feeling great in Race 1, and I was very happy to be back on the podium.”
BRC Hyundai N Racing Team driver Nicky stormed through the field after dropping down the order on the first lap due to incident to finish where he began the race, in fifth.
“It’s been quite tough to jump back in and try to be competitive,” said Nicky. “During the weekend I felt that I was getting better and better.”
First win of the season
The team’s winning ways continued into Race 2 after Norbert made up five places in the opening lap to secure second position. He was hot on the heels of the car ahead and ultimately took the lead on lap five. The win marked his first of the 2022 season.
“I knew I had all the possibilities to win the race today because I could see that I was a bit faster than the car ahead,” said Norbert. “I waited for my time, and it worked out just right.”
His team-mate Mikel navigated his way through the field after starting tenth to finish in fifth. A post-race penalty applied to a competitor which moved him to fourth.
“It was a very positive race, I was able to overtake a lot and gain some positions to finish fourth,” said Mikel.
Nicky was also able to capitalise on the first lap, progressing from seventh to third, where he stayed for the rest of the race to take the final spot on the podium.
“It was great to end up on the podium this weekend, it’s a good boost ahead of the next round in Saudi Arabia,” said Nicky.
The next race of the 2022 WTCR season, Race of Saudi Arabia, takes place on November 25-27.
2022 FIA World Touring Car Cup for Teams
After Round 8
1. BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse 476
2. ALL-INKL.COM Muennich Motorsport 372
3. COMTOYOU DHL TEAM AUDI SPORT 283
4. COMTOYOU TEAM AUDI SPORT 277
5. ZENGÖ MOTORSPORT 251
6. Cyan Performance Lynk & Co 211
7. Cyan Racing Lynk & Co 211
8. Liqui Moly Team Engstler 134
2022 FIA World Touring Car Cup for Drivers
After Round 8
1. Mikel Azcona 297
2. Nestor Girolami 237
3. Nathanael Berthon 200
4. Robert Huff 197
5. Norbert Michelisz 179
6. Gilles Magnus 165
7. Santiago Urrutia 137
8. Esteban Guerrieri 135
9. Yann Ehrlacher 133
10. Mehdi Bennani 112
11. Qinghua Ma 97
12. Tom Coronel 83
13. Attila Tassi 78
14. Yvan Muller 78
15. Tiago Monteiro 56
16. Daniel Nagy 52
17. Thed Björk 35
18. Bence Boldizs 12