2018
23.09

RACE REVIEW

> Double wins at Monza, Vernay keeps alive TCR Europe title hope

 

Jean-Karl Vernay topped off a stunning TCR Europe weekend at Monza with a second victory scoring 55 points over the two days. The Leopard Lukoil Team driver undoubtedly is looking to compete for the title coming off these impressive results.

 

Jean-Karl Vernay hit the ground running at Monza by posting the fastest lap in the Free Practice; the Frenchman completed an impressive lap clocking in at 1:59.999 in his Audi RS 3 LMS. Title contender Azcona looked to set the fastest lap of the day soon after, but instead Vernay would walk away with the fastest lap coming in at 1:58.932.

 

The Leopard Lukoil Team driver claimed the pole position at Monza clinching the fastest laps in both stages of the Qualifying. Vernay was the only driver to beat the 1:58 barrier in both sessions along with Mikel Azcona, who beat the benchmark in Q2 in his PCR Sport Cupra, and doing so started alongside Vernay on the grid.

 

Race 1 started Saturday at 17:35 CET. The Frenchman tailed Mikel Azcona during the first five laps since Azcona had an early lead. After managing to pass Azcona, Vernay, despite two Safety Car periods,  had no further problems in setting the pace of the race and claimed his second win of the season.

 

Scheduled on Sunday Race 2 was going to be even more exciting with the top-ten reverse grid. But an impressive first lap saw the Audi RS3 LMS crossing the line yet in position 5. On the Lap 2, Borković jumped over the curb at the first chicane and forced Lessennes wide. Vernay saw this as an opportunity which he capitalized on by moving up to 2nd. The following lap, the Leopard Lukoil Team driver attacked and took the lead from Abreu, repeating his successes from the previous day.

 

Jean-Karl Vernay rounded off his perfect TCR Europe weekend at Monza with a second victory and achieved a maximum score of 55 points over both two days. With results like these, Vernay keeps his eyes set on battling for the title. The Frenchman has now moved to second in the standings, 19 points behind Mikel Azcona. The final event of the TCR Europe Series will be at Barcelona’s Circuit Catalunya on October 19-21.

 

Jean-Karl Vernay (winner): "It was really a perfect weekend. That's what we wanted to relaunch our title bid and what we sought: a good qualifying and a double win. We knew the car was going to be competitive here, also because we were quite light in success ballast, and it performed perfectly with a perfect job from the Team. Now we go to Barcelona for the final battle, it is going to be very tough and we'll carry success ballast, but we'll give it all.”

 

2018 TCR Europe (GMT +2)

Circuit: Autodromo di Monza
Length: 5793m


Qualifying 1
1 - Vernay / FRA / Leopard Lukoil Team / Audi RS 3 LMS / 1:57.820
2 - Azcona / SPA / PCR Sport / Cupra TCR / 1:58.257
3 - Tassi / HUN / Hell Energy Racing / Honda Civic Type-R / 1:58.777
4 - Files / GBR / Hell Energy Racing / Honda Civic Type-R / 1:58.847
5 - Tavano / ITA / Scuderia Girasole / Cupra TCR / 1:58.965

 

Qualifying 2
1 - Vernay / FRA / Leopard Lukoil Team / Audi RS 3 LMS / 1:57.626
2 - Azcona / SPA / PCR Sport / Cupra TCR / 1:57.936
3 - Tassi / HUN / Hell Energy Racing / Honda Civic Type-R / 1:58.459
4 - Files / GBR / Hell Energy Racing / Honda Civic Type-R / 1:58.465
5 - Potty / BEL / Comtoyou Racing / VW Golf GTi / 1:58.863

 

Race 1
1 - Vernay / FRA / Leopard Lukoil Team / Audi RS 3 LMS / 11 Laps
2 - Azcona / SPA / PCR Sport / Cupra TCR / +0.569
3 - Files / GBR / Hell Energy Racing / Honda Civic Type-R / +1.640
4 - Potty / BEL / Comtoyou Racing / VW Golf GTi / +1.964
5 - Tassi / HUN / Hell Energy Racing / Honda Civic Type-R / +5.451

 

Race 2
1 - Vernay / FRA / Leopard Lukoil Team / Audi RS 3 LMS / 11 Laps
2 - Files / GBR / Hell Energy Racing / Honda Civic Type-R / +0.480
3 - Tassi / HUN / Hell Energy Racing / Honda Civic Type-R / +1.654
4 - Potty / BEL / Comtoyou Racing / VW Golf GTi / +2.263
5 - Azcona / SPA / PCR Sport / Cupra TCR / +3.333

 

DRIVERS’ STANDING:
1 - Azcona / 164 p.
2 - Vernay / 145 p.
3 - Borković / 134 p.
4 - Tassi / 123 p.
5 - Nagy / 114 p.

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