In race one, Azcona engaged in an exhilarating wet-weather battle with Huff and the Comtoyou Audis of Gilles Magnus and Frederic Vervisch, the latter needing victory to maintain his slender title probabilities alive within the partially reversed-grid opener.
However Jean-Karl Vernay made a demon begin from the second row to separate early chief Magnus and Vervisch, as Esteban Guerrieri’s personal title problem resulted in a giant lap-one crash when he ran broad on the lengthy Flip 3 and smacked right into a barrier.
Following a security automobile intervention, racing resumed on lap 4 when Vernay handed Magnus for the lead with a run on the within of Flip 3 – and Azcona and Huff triggered a fraught and thrilling race.
Huff’s race resulted in a door-to-door collision with Vervisch, as Azcona labored his approach as much as second within the closing levels, then pulled an ideal transfer on the brakes into Flip 2 to go Vernay for victory on the final lap.
Vervisch completed third, forward of Magnus with a 3rd Comtoyou Audi of Nathanael Berthon in fifth.
But it surely wasn’t sufficient to cease Ehrlacher calmly securing his second WTCR after a race through which he stored out of hassle to complete the place he began in sixth.
In race two, Huff scored his first WTCR victory since his return to the sequence this 12 months and have become the the twelfth winner in 16 races in an exhilarating finale.
The Briton got here from sixth on the grid to win, as two security automobile interruptions broke up an incident-filled conclusion to the season.
The primary intervention adopted straight from the beginning when Magnus and Honda’s Attila Tassi made contact off the road, the previous’s Audi left stranded on the observe.
Yann Ehrlacher, Cyan Racing Lynk & Co Lynk & Co 03 TCR
Photograph by: WTCR
Racing was attributable to resume on lap 4, however then pole place starter Yvan Muller slammed into the again of chief Azcona on the penultimate nook as the security automobile returned to the pits. The influence left each out of the race.
As Nestor Girolami led the restart, Cupra driver Bence Boldizs and Lada native entry Kirill Ladygin collided at Flip 3, the Hungarian strolling away from a big effect which as soon as once more neutralised the race.
When the motion lastly obtained below approach on lap seven, Huff chased down Girolami and took the lead with a tremendous transfer at Flip 13.
He then stretched a spot to win from Vervisch, who handed Girolami on lap 10 and secured second within the factors standings behind new champion Ehrlacher.
Nathanael Berthon accomplished the rostrum, whereas Tassi survived his begin conflict with Magnus to complete fourth from twelfth on the grid. Jean-Karl Vernay was fifth, with new champion Ehrlacher scoring his second sixth place of the day.
Gabriele Tarquini’s WTCR profession resulted in disappointment. The 59-year-old Italian, who has introduced his retirement, began race two in fifteenth and bumped into the again of fellow veteran Jordi Gene on lap eight.
Heavy front-end harm compelled Tarquini out of the race.
WTCR Sochi Race 2 outcomes
WTCR Sochi Race 1 outcomes