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TCR Europe @ Spa-Francorchamps
Mikel Azcona is alone on top of the standings

The TCR Europe Series' third event at Spa-Francorchamps favoured the French drivers, as race victories went to Jean-Karl Vernay and Julien Briché. However, the man who left Belgium with the biggest smile was Spanish youngster Mikel Azcona who is alone on top of the Drivers' classification that he was co-leading with Dušan Borković after the previous event in Zandvoort.
Local driver Maxime Potty - who lives only 40 kilometres away of Francorchamps - had also reasons to rejoyce as he finished twice on the podium.
In Race 1, Vernay took his maiden win in the series, driving his Leopard Lukoil Racing Audi RS3 LMS to a lights-to-flag victory from pole position. Potty was the only one who could resist his pace, claiming his first podium at the wheel of his Comtoyou Racing Volkswagen Golf GTI. With a solid race, Azcona finished third in the PCR Sport Cupra and left Borković five points behind in the standings. The Serbian was classified fourth in a Target Competition Hyundai i30 N, fiercely defending his position in the final laps from the attacks of Briché's JSB Compétition Peugeot 308.
Briché joined the club of the 2018 TCR Europe race winners (five in six races) thanks to a time penalty imposed to Kris Richard who had been the first under the chequered flag in a closely-fought Race 2. Richard and Briché collided on the final lap, while they were fighting for the lead; the contact sent the Frenchman's Peugeot straight through the chicane, which helped the Swiss to maintain the lead until the end with a margin of 0.7 seconds. The Steward inflicted a penalty of one second to Richard that was enough to swap the positions.
Richard took the lead during the first lap, but then had to work hard to defend the position, first from Josh Files (who was later stopped by an electrical problem) and then from Briché, who attacked relentlessly. Potty visited the podium for a second time, taking third ahead of a very clever  Azcona who further extended his lead in the Drivers’ Championship standings, as Borković could finish no higher than 7th. Vernay was a victim of some fierce battling in the closing laps while he was fighting for a podium position.
In the championship standings, Azcona has increased his tally to 95 points, 11 clear of Borković; Vernay lies third with a gap of 39 points, while Dániel Nagy is fourth a further two points adrift.
The series will resume at the Hungaroring in the first weekend of July.

Photos: TCR-Photo 4

 

 

 

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In this issue:
    - Spotlight: GTI TCR Concept, the fastest Golf ever
    - WTCR @ Zandvoort
    - TCR Europe @ Zandvoort & Spa
    - TCR Asia & Thailand @ Buriram
    - TCR China @ Zhuhai
    - TCR Germany @ Red Bull Ring
    - TCR Portugal @ Braga
    - TCR Russia: @ Niznhiy Novgorod
    - TCR UK @ Brands Hatch
    - Pirelli World Challenge @ Lime Rock Park
    - Endurance: 2H TCE Series, Super Taikyu and CER
    - Standings of all TCR series
    - Three questions to: Ryan Eversley

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TCR Germany @ Red Bull Ring
Proczyk takes victory on home soil

The traditional visit to Austria by TCR Germany resulted in two eventful races at the Red Bull Ring, where a field of 29 cars delivered some spectacular fights.
Niels Langeveld in a Racing One Audi RS3 LMS and Harald Proczyk in a HP Racing International Opel Astra claimed one win apiece, while Antti Buri and Benjamin Leuchter finished second and third respectively in both races.
In Race 1 Langeveld took advantage of his pole position to claim an authoritative lights-to-flag victory, the first for him in the current season, and provisionally joined Proczyk on top of the championship standings.
Langeveld started well, followed by Buri, Proczyk and Mike Halder. The latter tried to overtake Proczyk at Turn 1, but missed the braking point, hit the back of Buri’s car and dropped to fifth behind Leuchter. After a safety car period, Langeveld pulled away from Buri, while Proczyk tried to defend third place from Leuchter and Halder, but he ran a little wide at Turn 1 on lap 9, giving Leuchter and Halder the opportunity to overtake him.
Proczyk started Race 2 from sixth on the grid, but quickly moved up into fourth, then benefited from the battle between pole-sitter Sandro Kaibach, Luca Engstler and Leuchter to take the lead for good. Behind him, Buri worked his way from fifth position to third and, on the penultimate lap, overtook Leuchter for second place.
Proczyk now has 185 points and leads Langeveld by 22 points, with Luca Engstler third, a further 4 points adrift.
TCR Germany next visits the Nürburgring in early August.

Photos: ADAC Motorsport

 

CER @ Navarra
One apiece for RC2 Junior Team and NM Racing

The third round of the Campeonato España Resistencia took place at Navarra, where the TCR cars competed against the GTs in two one-hour races.
In the first race the Catalan duo of Max Llobet and David Cebrián took victory in a SEAT León run by the RC2 Junior Team and also claimed a brilliant third position overall close behind two sports cars. For the whole race the winning duo had a close battle with Lluc Ibañez and Maxime Guillemat in a NM Racing Team Cupra DSG and took the chequered flag with a margin of only four seconds. The Cupra DSG of PCR Sport shared by Ferrán and Fernando Monje, father and son, finished third. However, Ibañez-Guillemat were dropped to fifth by a 25-second penalty, which promoted the Monjes to second and Guillermo Aso to third.
Ibañez and Guillemat took revenge in the second race, in which they left the rest of the field one lap behind. Two other Cupra DSG cars completed the TCR podium with Gianluigi Vicinanza and Álex Cosin taking second place for Monlau Competición, while Antonio Aristi and Harriet Arruabarrena were third for PCR Sport.
Llobet-Cebrián lead the championship with 127 points, 14 clear of Vicinanza-Cosin; third on equal points are Ibañez-Guillemat and Joan Vinyes-Jaime Font (Baporo Motorsport Cupra DSG) with 104 points.
The CER will resume at Jarama on October 6 and 7.

Photo: Trazando Fino

 

TCR Scandinavia
Next stop: Anderstorp

Anderstorp is the venue that will host this weekend TCR Scandinavia's second event of the season.
Lat year the championship visited Anderstorp in September, for its penultimate event that steered the title fight in favour of Robert Dahlgren. The PWR Racing driver won two of the weekend's three races while his closest competitor Fredrik Ekblom did not score in the second race because of a collision.
Dahlgren arrives at Anderstorp second in the standings, only one point behind his PWR Racing teammate Daniel Hanglöf who won the opening race of the season at Ring Knutstorp.
The two Cupra drivers are closely chased by a trio of Volkswagen Golf GTI cars: Andreas Wernersson (the winner of Kuntstorp Race 2), Johan Kristoffersson and Ekblom.
The series will welcome guest driver Andre Kiil from Estonia who will be at the wheel of a SEAT León run by the ALM Motorsport.

Photo: Teambild 

 

TCR Italy
A record field of 32 cars to race at Misano

The TCR Italy championship is heading for Misano Adriatico for its third event of the season, after it previously visited Imola and Le Castellet.
Luigi Ferrara is currently leading the standings in the Alfa Romeo Giulietta run by V-Action Racing, thanks to his double victory at Imola and despite he did not score in France. However, his gap has shrunk to 3.5 points ahead of the SEAT Motorsport Italia pairing of Salvatore Tavano and Matteo Greco who share a SEAT León. At Le Castellet, victories went to Pit Lane Competizioni's Andrea Larini (Cupra) and Nicola Baldan (Hyundai) who are now ranking third and fourth in the classification, 9 and 9.5 points from the leader respectively.
When the championship visited Misano last year, Baldan claimed his first win on his way to eventually clinch the Italian crown, while Eric Scalvini won the second race.
This weekend's event will feature a record field of 32 cars. Daniele Cappellari (Volkswagen Golf GTI), Nello Nataloni (Opel Astra) and Giuseppe Montalbano (SEAT León DSG) are due to make their first appearance in the current season, while Felix Wimmer (Wimmer Motorsport Cupra DSG) and Edoardo Cappello (Otto Motorsport Alfa Romeo Giulietta) are set for their debut in the championship.

Photo: ACI Sport-Photo 4

 

The TCR events of the week

15 / 17 June - TCR Italy, Rounds 5 & 6 @ Misano, Italy
16 / 17 June - TCR Scandinavia, Rounds 3 & 4 @ Anderstorp, Sweden

Live streaming at www.tcr-series.com and www.tcr-series.tv.

Saturday: TCR Italy, Race 1 - 18:10 (CET)
Sunday: TCR Italy, Race 2 - 10:40 (CET)
Sunday: TCR Scandinavia, Race 1 - 12:45 (CET)
Sunday: TCR Scandinavia, Race 2 - 15:15 (CET)

 

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