Santiago Urrutia and Frédéric Vervisch penalised for Race 2 opening lap incidents (updated)
Santiago Urrutia and Frédéric Vervisch have been hit with post-race penalties for two separate incidents on the eventful opening lap of TCR World Tour Race 2 in Argentina.
Audi driver Vervisch made contact with Lynk & Co driver Thed Björk when heading into Turn 1 at the start, fighting for second place, sending them both down the order.
Vervisch finished sixth and Björk seventh, but oddly enough, the penalty handed to Vervisch was seven seconds which still puts him ahead of Björk by three tenths, seemingly due to a mistake by the stewards. The only change to their positions is that they get elevated to fifth and sixth due to Urrutia’s penalty.*
Urrutia was hit with a 30-second penalty for making contact with Hyundai’s Mikel Azcona, an incident which saw the Spaniard hitting the wall and later retiring from the race.
Cyan Racing’s Urrutia was able to continue the race to finish fifth and this penalty drops him to 11th place.
The result of Race 2 is yet to be declared final, with further investigations currently ongoing.
* = Updated at 23:07 CEST