Santiago Urrutia won’t settle for second best in this season’s WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup – but he admits that he needs to beat the “big guys” first.
Although the Uruguayan talent’s programme for 2021 is to be announced, the 24-year-old is aiming for the top in the Goodyear-equipped series when he hopes to continue behind the wheel of a Cyan-prepared Lynk & Co 03 TCR.
Speaking prior to the Christmas break, Urrutia said: “My goal is to race with Cyan. I want to become world champion [but] there is more I need to learn. I need to improve. I’m still a little under the level compared to the big guys. But with a good pre-season and by working hard I can get there and fight for the championship. That’s going to be my goal. Winning the [Teams’ title] for Cyan is the most important thing but then I want to become the Drivers’ champion.”
Urrutia excelled during his debut WTCR season with a DHL Pole Position double and Race 3 victory at WTCR Race of Aragón the highlight of an impressive attack for Cyan Performance Lynk & Co.
Asked what he found hardest about racing in WTCR, Urrutia said: “There are guys with a lot of experience, they know how to race and when to be aggressive, when not to be. In terms of speed, I think I was always there but I was penalised a little bit during the races. Sometimes I did mistakes, sometimes I take risks I shouldn’t take and that’s why if I want to fight for the championship I need to focus and work on all races.”
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