Yann Ehrlacher claims Pre-season Esports WTCR Championship title

Yann Ehrlacher managed to secure the 2020 Pre-season Esports WTCR Championship title by a five-point margin to reigning real-life champion Norbert Michelisz in the season finale at the virtual version of Sepang International Circuit.

The first race saw Honda driver Esteban Guerrieri starting from pole position with team-mate Néstor Girolami right behind him.

And the Honda duo ran away as the lights went to green, with Guerrieri winning the race one second ahead of Girolami.

Lynk & Co Cyan Racing driver Ehrlacher had a quiet race in third position, crossing the line four seconds behind the Honda duo.

Cupra driver Mikel Azcona and Audi driver Niels Langeveld rounded off the top five.

The final race of the season saw Peugeot driver Aurelien Comte starting from the reversed grid pole position. But the Frenchman was quickly passed by Michelisz and Zengo Motorsport driver Bence Boldisz.

Michelisz managed to pull up a gap while the others fought hard behind him.

Former points leader Mat’o Homola and Guerrieri battled for second place, with the Honda driver managing to get past at Turn 1 with six minutes left of the race.

The Münnich Motorsport driver then chased down Michelisz, bringing the gap to less than one second as they started the final lap.

But it was not enough and Michelisz won the race by seven tenths of a second while Azcona finished third, four seconds behind.

Ehrlacher fought his way to finish seventh, enough for him to claim the title by five points ahead of Michelisz and six points ahead of Guerrieri.