On a warm afternoon, the Hungaroring produced another lively race, which was won by Francisco Mora, at the wheel of the M1RA Hyundai i30 N. This was the maiden win for the Portuguese driver and M1RA, with Dániel Nagy providing the icing on the cake by securing a 1-2 finish for the Hungarian team.
Mora made a perfect use of the pole position on the reversed grid, having to fight in the early stages with the Peugeot 308 cars of his fellow countryman Francisco Abreu and Julien Briché; then he managed to maintain a safe leading gap ahead of local hero Nagy in the closing lap.
Josh Files emerged from the tough battle to take the third spot on the podium, ahead of his teammate Attila Tassi, while Abreu was classified fifth – his best result so far – as he was able to keep at bay Reece Barr and Kris Richard.
The remaining points positions were filled by Stefano Comini – who recovered again from 22nd on the grid – series returnee Ferenc Ficza and Stian Paulsen.
In a race that saw both Mikel Azcona and Dušan Borković – first and second in the standings – out of the points, Nagy has closed the gap and is now a closer third, 25 points behind Azcona and 24 from Borković.
The TCR Europe series will resume at Assen TT Circuit on August 18/19.
Start – Mora sprints from the pole, Abreu overtakes Briché for second on the outside at T1
Lap 1 – Abreu overtakes Mora at T3 and takes the lead; Briché, Nagy, Files and Borković follow
Lap 2 – Files, Borković, Tassi are in a close fight for fifth; Vernay and Kroes make contact
Lap 3 – Mora closes in on Abreu; Briché defends third place from Nagy; Borković bumps into the back of Files’ car and retires; Tassi moves up to fifth ahead of Files
Lap 4 – Nagy overtakes Briché for third
Lap 5 – Tassi overtakes Briché for fourth; Files tries to pass Briché as well and sends him sideways
Lap 6 – Mora steals the lead from Abreu; Briché and Vernay are given a drive-through for track limit infringements
Lap 7 – Abreu runs wide and drops to third behind Nagy
Lap 8 – Files overtakes Tassi for fourth; Azcona is given a drive-through for track limits
Lap 9 – Files overtakes Abreu for third; Davidovski is given a drive-through for track limits
Lap 10 – Abreu and Tassi make contact while fighting for fourth; Møller is given a drive-through for track limits
Lap 11 – Abreu runs wide at T1 and drops behind Tassi
Lap 12 – Kroes is given a drive-through for track limits
Lap 13 – Mora keeps the advantage and wins ahead of Nagy, Files, Tassi, Abreu, Barr, Richard, Comini (winner of TCR Benelux), Ficza (winner of the DSG Trophy) and Paulsen