There were many changes in the KUMHO TCR World Ranking this week, with Frédéric Vervisch returning to the top after he was deposed for just one week. Vervisch’s switch back to number one comes after a mixed weekend for Cyan Racing driver Yann Ehrlacher, which saw him slip back to second place.
The gap at the top has closed up after very strong weekends for Norbert Michelisz and Rob Huff in particular, with the top five now very close together on points heading into the ten-week break before the next round.
Michelisz, the new KUMHO TCR World Tour points leader, remains third in the ranking, but he’s now just under two points away from Ehrlacher. Huff has moved up a spot to fifth, passing the 100 points threshold, while Santiago Urrutia slipped two places after a tough weekend in Argentina.
Of the TCR South America drivers, Ignacio Montenegro has now taken over as the top driver from the series in the ranking, catapulting up 11 spots to 20th overall. Just three places behind him is his title rival Bernardo Llaver, who made a massive 20-place climb to 23rd, but Llaver also has another accolade, as following his points haul from the El Pinar and La Pedrera races, the Toyota driver is in the top 15 of the TCR World Tour, and so currently has a free pass to the TCR World Ranking Final.
Meanwhile, in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge, Virginia race winners Chris Miller and Mikey Taylor are back to the #1 pair in the ranking, sharing 85th position in the ranking. They move two places clear of Tim Lewis Jr, whose DNF cost him six positions.
Picture: TCR South America/Maximiliano Sanabria