Borkovic takes his first TCR win
Dusan Borković took his first TCR International Series victory in a GE-Force Alfa Romeo Giulietta in the second race at Bahrain International Circuit. This was also the second victory for the Romeo Ferraris-built Italian car after Davit Kajaia claimed a win in the season opener at the Rustavi track.
Starting from the second row, Attila Tassi passed both Borković and polesitter Ferenc Ficza taking the lead. Borković and Ficza quickly struck back and overhauled the M1RA Racing Honda Civic, with Borković leading from Ficza’s Zele Racing Seat León.
The Lukoil Craft-Bamboo Seat of James Nash and Jean-Karl Vernay in the Leopard Racing Volkswagen Golf GTi then passed Tassi, with Nash quickly snatching second place from Ficza. When Ficza ran wide on lap 2, Vernay was one of the four drivers to take advantage. Nash’s teammate Hugo Valente took third place from Vernay on lap 3 and that was how the race ended; Borković finishing ahead of Nash and Valente. Vernay held onto fourth place ahead of the Honda of Race 1 winner Roberto Colciago, while Pepe Oriola finished seventh, behind Ficza.
Reigning TCR champion Stefano Comini finished in ninth place in the Comtoyou Racing Audi RS 3 LMS, ahead of the WestCoast Racing VW of Italian Gianni Morbidelli.
Davit Kajaia lost a valuable sixth place on the last lap as he coasted to a halt with a stream of oil trailing from the underside of the Alfa Romeo; the oil sump was cracked after he had jumped over a kerb.
Two points now cover the top three in the Drivers’ series. Vernay has 52 points with Borković on 51 and Colciago on 50. Oriola and Kajaia – the two winners on the opening weekend in Georgia – are in fourth and fifth places with 45 and 39 points respectively. The TCR International Series will resume at Spa-Francorchamps on 4-5 May, in the same weekend of the FIA WEC 6 Hours of Spa.