Yann Ehrlacher has moved back ahead of Frédéric Vervisch to be the #1 ranked TCR driver in the world following the latest KUMHO TCR World Tour event at El Pinar, Uruguay.
The Frenchman’s tally allowed him to take over the Belgian who’d held the spot since the second round of the season at Spa-Francorchamps. Ehrlacher’s team-mate Santiago Urrutia took the biggest points haul of the weekend and has moved up to an all-time best of fifth in the ranking, passing Rob Huff and Tom Coronel.
Juan Manuel Casella has also become the top ranked TCR South America driver, taking over from last year’s champion Fabricio Pezzini. The Uruguayan mixed it with the TCR World Tour drivers at the weekend, qualifying in their midst and scored a class podium in the first race. The returning Esteban Guerrieri also reignited his ranking after being out of competition this year. His podium and race win in South America saw him move up 29 places to 44th overall.
After the TCR Denmark races at Jyllandsringen, Kasper H. Jensen is back as the best of the Danish contingent, 15th overall, while Jan Magnussen moved up to 23rd and could assume his place as top of the Danes before the season’s end.
Bruce Winfield stays as the best-placed TCR UK driver despite a mixed weekend at Silverstone – while Hyundai Motorsport Junior Driver Alex Ley is now the second-best of the championship’s drivers, now 23rd after his win in Race 2.
In TCR Japan, an absent ‘Hirobon’ moved nowhere in terms of points and is still the best of the series’ in 65th overall, while Anna Inotsume’s double DNF cost her six places but remains as the second top of the Japanese drivers. It was an incredible weekend for the returning Takeshi Matsumoto, who with two wins at Motegi, climbed more positions than any other driver this week, up 235 places to 430th overall.
Picture: TCR South America/Hernán Capa