The Belgian squad heads to Spa with
The TCR Europe Series
resumes at Spa-Francorchamps for its third event of the season that also
counts as the second event of TCR Benelux.
The event sees the reappearance of two leading actors who were forced to
miss the previous race meeting at Zandvoort: Jean-Karl Vernay in the
Leopard Lukoil Team Audi RS3 LMS and Stefano Comini who has switched to a
new Honda Civic FK7 that will be run by Autodis Racing with THX.
Vernay, who was replaced by Jaap van Lagen in the Netherlands, aims for
his first victory in the series on a track that is home for his team and
one that he loves; in fact he has already won there twice; in the 2016
and 2017 TCR International Series.
Comini, after appearing at Le Castellet in the Top Run-built Subaru WRX
STI, has taken his time to put together a more competitive programme with
the new Honda. He too has won at Spa, in last year's TCR International
Thai driver Munkong Sathienthirakul will make his first appearance in TCR
Europe at Spa; he will be driving a Cupra TCR run by the experienced
Spanish outfit Monlau Competición. He is currently competing in the Super
2000 class of the Thailand Super Series, a category in which he was
crowned champion in 2015, but has already driven TCR cars several times,
claiming one race victory in the 2015 TCR Thailand series and making a
few appearances in the TCR International Series.
Spa will also offer the opportunity to local teams and drivers to shine.
Both WRT and THX that run Vernay's Audi and Comini's Honda are eager to
win, not to mention the all-Belgian pairing of Maxime Potty and Cometoyou
Racing. 18-year-old Potty is from Hamoir, only 40 kilometres away of
Francorchamps and knows the track like the back of his hand; and on top
of this he comes to Spa from scoring his first points in the series at
They all have to face competition from the two best drivers so far: Dušan
Borković and Mikel Azcona. The Serbian dominated the opening event at Le
Castellet, winning both races in the Target Competition Hyundai i30 N,
while the young Spaniard claimed his first victory in Zandvoort's Race 1
with the PCR Sport Cupra; they are jointly on top of the standings with
Track time at Spa
Friday, 8 June - 10:45, Free Practice 1 (30 min.)
Friday, 8 June - 16:35, Free Practice 2 (30 min.)
Saturday, 9 June - 10:55, Qualifying (Q1 20 min. + Q2 10 min.)
Saturday, 9 June - 17:20, Race 1 (23 min. + 1 lap)
Sunday, 10 June - 11:20, Race 2 (23 min. + 1 lap)
All time local - GMT +2