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Hyundai Elantra N TCR Wins 2022 Drivers’ and Teams’ Double Titles at FIA WTCR
・Mikel Azcona, who drives the Hyundai Elantra N TCR, is the winner of the Race of Saudi Arabia.
Won the WTCR (FIA World Touring Car Cup) Drivers’ Title after qualifying ・This is BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse’s teammate of Mikel Azcona, The 2019 victory by Norbert Michelisz and Gabriele Tarquini Victory following the 2018 crown by (Gabriele Tarquini)
BRC Racing Team also wins first team title in close season, proving competitiveness of Hyundai Elantra N TCR
Alzenau (Germany), November 26, 2022 – The Hyundai Motorsport customer BRC Racing Team celebrated its first double WTCR (FIA World Touring Car Cup) title*. Mikel Azcona, driving the Hyundai Elantra N TCR, won the 2022 Drivers’ Championship, while the BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse also won the championship for the first time in the series in qualifying for the Race of Saudi Arabia.
This result marks the Hyundai Motorsports customer team’s fourth and fifth title wins in the series, demonstrating the competitiveness of the Hyundai Elantra N TCR at the pinnacle of international TCR racing. Mikel Azcona, who extended his lead in title contention after a successful Race of Bahrain, needed just six points at the Race of Saudi Arabia. After improving his form in two free practices, he beat his rivals in qualifying to finish in the top five and finish third. By this point, they had extended their lead to 68 points, securing the title early this weekend.
Mikel Azcona is now ahead of team-mate Norbert Michelisz, 2019 drivers’ champion, and 2018 champion team manager Gabriele Tarquini. ), becoming the first Spaniard to win the WTCR title.
Mikel Azcona won the opening round of the Race of France and put himself into contention for the title at an early stage. After taking his second win in Race 1 at the Hungaroring in June to lead the standings, he extended his lead with a third win at the Race of Spain, and continued on the podium with three more podiums in Portugal and Italy. increase. Two podiums in Alsace also lead to a 35-point lead with the last two races to go. After taking pole position and winning Race 1 at the Bahrain International Circuit, the drivers’ title was within immediate reach for Mikel Azcona.
The Italian team showed the best run in the series and will be at the top of the rankings in Round 4, the Race of Spain. The team continued to maximize the potential of the Hyundai Elantra N TCR and the title battle was quickly settled.
Overall, the team won the race with 2 pole positions, 5 fastest laps, 7 podiums and 5 victories. Ascona’s title win is the result of a fierce season in which they battled their rivals on the track many times. 2022 was the first season for both Mikel Azcona and the BRC Racing team, but the two quickly developed an effective partnership that led to a double title win.
Mikel Azcona said as follows. “Winning the WTCR [FIA World Touring Car Cup] is a dream come true. I have dreamed of this since I was a little girl. It has been an amazing year. I can’t thank them enough, I couldn’t have done this without their help, the ElantraN TCR was incredibly competitive and made each race a challenge. I’m happy to win the team title as well.It’s been a tough season, but this is the best reward.”
Hyundai Motorsport Deputy Team Director Julien Moncet said: “I am very proud that the Hyundai Motorsports customer team won the WTCR (FIA World Touring Car Cup), especially the double title. A well-deserved and outstanding performance. Winning the double title is a testament to the tremendous effort put in by the team and the customer racing department this season and the competitiveness of the Hyundai Elantra N TCR.”
Hyundai Motorsport President Sean Kim said: “Congratulations to Mikel and the BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse team on winning the WTCR (FIA World Touring Car Cup) title. The WTCR is a highly competitive series with strong drivers and teams, and this win is a testament to the talent of the drivers, the customer teams and everyone involved in the project as part of the Customer Racing Department. made clear.” Details about this release: