Dániel Nagy capitalised on a great overtaking manoeuvre at Jean-Karl Vernay’s expense to claim his maiden victory in TCR Europe, the second consecutive for the M1RA team.
Dušan Borković delivered a thrilling performance, as he was able to recover and finish sixth, a result that helped him to retake the leadership in the standings with a margin of five points over Mikel Azcona who is now on equal points with Nagy.
After setting the fastest lap in Qualifying and being dropped to fourth on the grid by a penalty, Josh Files took a brilliant start and chased the leading duo of Vernay and Nagy until he was pushed wide by Kris Richard; an incident that is currently under investigation. From that moment onwards, the pace of Files’ Honda faded and he dropped until finishing in tenth position at the end.
The second position meant that Vernay won the TCR Benelux race and climbed to fourth in the standings, 35 points behind Borković. Giovanni Altoè won the DSG Trophy in 18th position overall.
Race 2 will start tomorrow at 11:00, with Stian Paulsenon pole on the top-ten reverse grid. Live streaming on www.tcr-series.com and www.tcr-series.tv.
Start – Vernay sprints well from the pole and takes the lead from Nagy, Files, Tassi, Richard, Comini and Potty who takes a slow start from second on the grid
Lap 1 – Cencetti goes off after making contact with Azcona; Briché overtakes Paulsen for seventh
Lap 2 – Richard overtakes Tassi for fourth
Lap 3 – Borković overtakes Kroes for 11th
Lap 5 – Nagy and Vernay run abreast in a chicane, Nagy hits a tyre stack but manages to take the lead
Lap 6 – Files, Richard, Tassi and Comini have a close fight for third; Borković moves up to ninth ahead of Azcona
Lap 7 – Richard pushes Files wide and climbs to third, while the Briton drops to sixth; Borković overtakes Paulsen for eighth
Lap 8 – Comini attacks Richard who maintains the third position; Files overtakes Tassi for firth, but then drops to seventh behind his teammate and Potty
Lap 9 – Vernay attacks Nagy who resists and then pulls away
Lap 10 – Borković overtakes Files for seventh; Terting retires with a gearbox failure
Lap 11 – Azcona misses the braking point and cuts a chicane
Lap 12 – Paulsen and Azcona overtake Files for eighth and ninth
Lap 13 – Briché drops after a contact with Møller
Lap 14 – Nagy wins from Vernay, Richard, Comini and Tassi; Borković overtakes Potty for sixth