2018
10.06

RACE REVIEW

> First victory in the TCR Europe for Vernay

 

The Frenchman of Leopard Lukoil Racing drove his Audi RS3 LMS to a lights-to-flag victory from pole position in Race1.

 

The Spa-Francorchamps racing weekend started on the right foot for the Leopard Lukoil Team: on his Audi RS3 LMS run by WRT, Jean-Karl Vernay topped the timesheet of both Free Practice sessions, as he posted the fastest lap and set a new track record for TCR cars, with a lap of 2:30.534, beating the pole position in last year’s TCR International Series.

As expected, the Frenchman continued to top the Qualifying session on Saturday morning and secured pole position for Race1 in a stunning 2:28.735. In a warm afternoon, Jean-Karl Vernay took a maiden win in the TCR Europe 2018. The only other driver who could resist his pace was local hero Potty. Azcona took third to become the new championship leader, 5 points clear of Dušan Borković who finished fourth.

Race 2 took place on Sunday at 14:55, with Danny Kroes starting from pole on the top-ten reverse grid. Unfortunately, Jean-Karl Vernay fell victim of some fierce battling while fighting for victory. The drama occurred in Lap 7: at the Bus Stop, Vernay unintentionally hit Briché with the Audi RS3 LMS forced to retire because of a broken shaft.

Briché ultimately won the race while former WRT driver Potty claimed his second podium finish in row and Spain’s Azcona further extended his lead in the Drivers’ Championship standings.

 

2018 TCR Europe (GMT +2)
Circuit: Spa-Francorchamps
Length: 7004m
Race distance: 25 Minutes

 

FP1
1 - Vernay / FRA / Leopard Lukoil Team / Audi RS 3 LMS / 2’31.416
2 - Potty / BEL / Comtoyou Racing / VW Golf GTi / +2’31.670
3 - Borković / SRB / Target Competition / Hyundai i30 N / +2’32.064

FP2
1 - Vernay / FRA / Leopard Lukoil Team / Audi RS 3 LMS / 2’30.534
2 - Potty / BEL / Comtoyou Racing / VW Golf GTi / +2’30.705
3 - Brichè / FRA / JSB Competition / Peugeot 308 / +2’31.122

 

Qualifying
1 - Vernay / FRA / Leopard Lukoil Team / Audi RS 3 LMS / 2’28.735
2 - Potty / BEL / Comtoyou Racing / VW Golf GTi / +2’29.302
3 - Brichè / FRA / JSB Competition / Peugeot 308 / +2’29.714

 

Race 1

1 - Vernay / FRA / Leopard Lukoil Team / Audi RS 3 LMS / 11 Laps
2 - Potty / BEL / Comtoyou Racing / VW Golf GTi / +0.705
3 - Azcona / ESP / PCR Sport / Cupra TCR / +5.055

 

Race 2
1 - Brichè / FRA / JSB Competition / Peugeot 308 / 11 Laps
2 - Richard / SUI /arget Competition / Hyundai i30 N / +0.283
3 - Potty / BEL / Comtoyou Racing / VW Golf GTi / +1.130
NC - Vernay / FRA / Leopard Lukoil Team / Audi RS 3 LMS /

 

DRIVERS’ STANDING:
1 - Azcona / 95 points
2 - Borković / 84 p.
3 - Vernay / 56 p.
4 - Nagy / 54 p.
5 - Files / 50 p.


TEAMS’ STANDING:
1 - Target Competition / 132 points
2 - PCR Sport / 125 p.
3 - Leopard Lukoil Team / 94 p.
4 - Hell Energy Racing / 94 p.
5 - M1RA / 74 p.

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