Dušan Borković emerged as the first race winner of the new TCR Europe Series, which lived and intense and closely-fought inaugural race. The Serbian of Target Competition had no problems to keep the advantage of the pole position at the start and controlled the situation throughout the race at the wheel of his Hyundai i30 N. He beat the other Hyundai of M1RA driver Dániel Nagy and the PCR Sport Cupra of Mikel Azcona. While the leading trio had a relatively quiet afternoon, the battle was fierce and superb in a compact group of six cars that really put in the show for P4. Eventually it was Josh Files (Hell Energy Racing Honda) who won that race in the race thanks to a brilliant defense drive, ahead of Reece Barr (Target Competition Hyundai), Jean-Karl Vernay (Leopard Lukoil Racing Audi), Igor Stefanovski (Hyundai) and Stian Paulsen (Cupra), with Kris Richard (Target Competition Hyundai) being the only component of the group to drop out of contention because of a contact.
Race 2 will start tomorrow at 15:50, with Jens Reno Møller on pole on the top-ten reverse grid. Live streaming on www.tcr-series.com and www.tcr-series.tv.
Start – Good start from Borkovićwhile Nagy takes second from Azcona; Mora is pushed and spins at Turn 1; rejoins and pits for repairs
Lap 1 – Borkovićleads from Nagy, Azcona, Paulsen, Files, Vernay and Barr; Comini is already in P16 after starting 25th
Lap 3 – Tassi and Cencetti make contact; the Hungarian returns to the pits
Lap 4 – Comini drops two positions after being hit by Piro; Stefanovski and Richard clash
Lap 5 – The fight for P4 heats on, with a contact between Vernay and Barr; Paulsen drops from fourth to sixth after being hit
Lap 6 – Moura and Kroes retire in the pits after contacts with other cars
Lap 7 – The battle for fourth continues, with Files, Richard, Barr, Paulsen, Stefanovski and Vernay fighting each other
Lap 8 – Borkovićhas now a lead of over one second on Nagy and four on Azcona
Lap 9 – Files and Richard seem to pull away a bit, with the Briton keeping a slim advantage in the battle
Lap 11 – Richard spins after making contact with Barr; he drops to 12th; Files is fourtn with a small gap ahead of Barr, Vernay, Stefanovski and Paulsen
Lap 12 – Borkovićwins from Nagy and Azcona, while Files, Barr, Vernay, Stefanovski and Paulsen finish in that order; Møller and Baldan take the last two spots in the top-10