The Young Driver From Haut-Rhin Yann Ehrlacher Has Just Won The Esports WTCR

The young driver from Haut-Rhin Yann Ehrlacher has just won the Esports WTCR, World Touring Car Cup contested on a car racing simulator, organized while waiting to return to the circuits for good.

The Young Driver From Haut-Rhin Yann Ehrlacher Has Just Won The Esports WTCR

Whether it's a real or virtual competition, Yann Ehrlacher has only one goal as long as he has a shuttlecock in his hands: to win. The Haut-Rhinois, therefore, approached the Esports WTCR, World Cup for touring cars contested on a motor racing simulator, organized due to the coronavirus pandemic while waiting to find the circuits for good, on September 12 and 13 on the Salzburgring, Austria, with the utmost seriousness.

On the program, six meetings of two races each after free practice and qualifying, on the Salzburgring, Hungaroring, Hungary, Slovakia Ring, Slovakia, Ningbo, China, Macao and Sepang circuits, in Malaysia. In the running, about fifteen drivers entered in regular times in WTCR, volunteers to try the adventure, on their material or on that provided by their team, and eager to do battle. On the track, the usual cars of different brands in the colours of each other, but all identical in terms of engine and settings. We could just play with the distribution of the brakes, said Yvan Muller's nephew - also in the game, but in just four meetings. To make the difference, we could only count on our driving. 

There were some great fights.

Yann Ehrlacher, however, was not very confident when entering this unprecedented competition, even though he had spent hours and hours training. Right before that, I had competed in simulator races alongside professional pilots like myself, but also dedicated video game specialists, and I had been particularly bad, he explains. No matter how hard I looked, I didn't understand why, until I realized that I had set up my machine incorrectly. I hadn't disconnected the handbrake, which I use when I'm having fun rallying or rallycross, and the system on the straights automatically slowed me down. When I figured out where the problem was, I was much faster right away. Suddenly, I revised my ambitions upwards: I who, at the start, wanted to avoid the last place, I found myself dreaming of first! 

True to himself, Yann Ehrlacher spared no effort. To his credit, two pole positions, two victories in Slovakia and China, two-second places and three third places against intense competition.

There were some great fights; it was quite captivating, by the way. Sometimes I was a little stressed; I even felt an absolute pressure, which is not bad. My most dangerous opponents were the Hungarian Norbert Michelisz and the Argentinian Esteban Guerrieri Editor's note: 2nd and 3rd in the final standings, and I'm happy to have beaten them! It's just another way of setting the record straight before getting down to business, the 24-year-old smiles.

Perfect for confidence and morale.

He is, however, the first to admit it: the result of this Esports WTCR does not mean much. Still: he's glad he won: It's always good to take. Perfect for confidence and morale! 

And then he enjoyed participating in these rallies which, if they broadcast from mid-June to mid-July, were disputed. In two days. It kept me busy for a weekend: I was glued to my screens from 8 a.m to 6 p.m, He recalls. I admit it was a bit long. Since then, I haven't touched my simulator, that is to say. But I plan to get back to it very soon.

For now, the pilot, who as usual does a lot of cycling and running to stay in good physical condition, has only one desire and one hurry: to get back into the seat of his Lynk & Co 03 TCR in the colours of the Swedish Cyan Racing team. It will do, if all goes as planned, in mid-August, during the first post-containment tests, scheduled in Germany Nurburgring, France Magny-Cours and Austria Salzburgring.

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