tcr / Vernay on the podium in Race-1 and 3rd in the Championship

Local hero Attila Tassi secured his maiden win in the TCR International Series in Race-1 and then won Race-2 at the Hungaroring to boost himself at the top of the championship ahead of Colciago and Vernay, who claimed a podium finish in Race-1. A DNF and an 11th place for Huff in the two races.

Race-1 started this morning at 9:10 local time and pole-sitter Norbert Michelisz made it clear from the start that his strategy was to help his fellow-countryman Attila Tassi to win his first race and to claim a podium finish for himself.

At the beginning of the race Vernay and Colciago engaged in a fight for third place which saw the French driver of Leopard Racing WRT taking the position to eventually threat Michelisz’s second place. Meanwhile, teammmate Rob Huff was in sixth position chased by Lloyd and Nash but a pierced radiator forced him to retire on Lap 3.

In the end Tassi claimed his maiden win in front of his home-crowd ahead of Michelisz and Vernay. Roberto Colciago’s fourth place propelled the Italian driver to the top of the standings, while the previous leader, Stefano Comini, did not score and dropped to fourth in the standings.

Race-2 started at 13:00 local time with Jens Reno Møller and Giacomo Altoè on the front row. At the start there was a series of contacts that led to the deployment of the safety car for 3 laps.

Michelisz did his job again by keeping Jean-Karl Vernay at bay for the whole race while Tassi went on claim his second victory of the day ahead of Oriola and Møller. Huff, Comini and Homola had a close fight for 11th but it was the Brit of the Leopard Racing WRT team to take the position under the chequered flag.

Followrng today’s results, Tassi now leads the championship with a 6-point gap over Roberto Colciago and Vernay third a further seven points adrift, The next event of the TCR International Series will take place in Oschersleben, Germany, on July 8-9.

 

 

Jean-Karl VERNAY:
“It has been a pretty good weekend after what happened at the Salzburgring and the team did a really good job at rebuilding the car. I did not know if I was going to be able to race till thursday as I have two fractures on one rib. It wasn’t easy as it’s been quite painful the whole weekend, but the car was really good, with a very good set-up. In Race-1 we could have done better but the Hondas have a really good traction-control and we couldn’t beat them at the start. Even if I was really fast, I wasn’t able to overtake them as they were really quick on the straight. In Race-2 we had a good start but then we had a crash that damaged the car quite a lot. After that there wasn’t much I could do as Michelisz was defending his team mate, which I totally understand, but I couldn’t overtake him as the Honda were just flying today. All things considered, it has been a really good weekend for us and I am very pleased.”

 

Rob HUFF:
“Of course that wasn’t the best of days for us. In Race-1 we had a good start but couldn’t make it to the end as our engine had an electrical problem. That was frustrating as the car was really, really good, but at least that was ok for J-K as he could get P3. For Race-2 we changed all the electrics and the car was once again really good. Thanks to a fantastic start I made it up to P2 but unfortunately I’ve got hit from behind and when the car stopped spinning I had lost 14 places. From P16 then I was able to recover a little and finish the race in P11. The car was great and we also did the fastest last sector of the race but unfortunately that’s the best we could do. It’s a shame because I think we had the pace to win the race, but after I’ve got hit it was basically over. However, the team did a brilliant job: J-K and I are happier today than we’ve ever been with the car”.

 

Results – Race1:

1 – A. Tassi / HUN / M1RA / Honda Civic Type-R / 14 Laps
2 – N. Michelisz / HUN / M1RA / Honda Civic Type-R / +0.865
3 – J.K. Vernay / FRA / Leopard Racing Team WRT / VW Golf GTI / +1.744
4 – R. Colciago / ITA / M1RA / Honda Civic Type-R / +12.769
5 – P. Oriola / SPA / Lukoil Craft-Bamboo Racing / Seat Leon / +14.029
6 – D. Lloyd / GBR / Lukoil Craft-Bamboo Racing / Seat Leon / +14.959
7 – J. Nash / GBR / Lukoil Craft-Bamboo Racing / Seat Leon / +22.569
8 – G. Altoe / ITA / West Coast Racing / VW Golf GTI / +25.074
9 – G. Morbidelli / ITA / West Coast Racing / VW Golf GTI / +27.448
10 – M. Homola / SVK / DG Sport Competition / Opel Astra / +27.869

 

Results – Race2:

1 – A. Tassi / HUN / M1RA / Honda Civic Type-R / 14 Laps
2 – P. Oriola / SPA / Lukoil Craft-Bamboo Racing / Seat Leon / +1.861
3 – J.R. Moller / DNK / Reno Racing / Honda Civic Type-R / +3.283
4 – G. Altoe / ITA / West Coast Racing / VW Golf GTI / +3.765
5 – R. Colciago / ITA / M1RA / Honda Civic Type-R / +4.397
6 – N. Michelisz / HUN / M1RA / Honda Civic Type-R / +4.980
7 – J.K. Vernay / FRA / Leopard Racing Team WRT / VW Golf GTI / +5.372
8 – S. Paulsen / NOR / Paulsen Racing / Seat Leon / +6.254
9 – J. Nash / GBR / Lukoil Craft-Bamboo Racing / Seat Leon / +12.055
10 – S. Comini / SWI / Comtoyou Racing / Audi RS3 LMS / +17.135
11 – R. Huff / GBR / Leopard Racing Team WRT / VW Golf GTI / +17.400

 

Drivers’ Classification

1 – A. Tassi 151 p.
2 – R. Colciago 145 p.
3 – J.K. Vernay 138 p.
4 – S. Comini 126 p.
5 – P. Oriola 109 p.
6 – D. Borković 82 p.
7 – J. Nash 74 p.
8 – D. Kajaia 59 p.
9 – F. Vervisch 53 p.
10 – H. Valente 46 p.
15 – R. Huff 27 p.

 

Teams’ Classification

1 – M1RA 308 p.
2 – Lukoil Craft-Bamboo 229 p.
3 – Comtoyou Racing 185 p.
4 – Leopard Racing WRT 169 p.
5 – GE-Force 143 p.