Comini claims first win at Spa
Reigning champion Stefano Comini claimed his first win of the season 1 at Spa. Swiss driver brought in race one the Audi RS3 LMS and Comtoyou Racing team to their maiden victory in the TCR International Series.
Comini, who started from pole position, dominated the race after re-taking the lead in lap 2 from Attila Tassi, who took a stunning start. The young M1RA Honda Civic driver shone again in the final laps, defending from a charging Jean-Karl Vernay in the Leopard Racing Volkswagen Golf. The Hungarian was rewarded with the third position on the podium behind Benjamin Lessennes, who took a brilliant second place in the Boutsen Ginion Honda Civic.
The battle for fifth was intense and thrilling as a long queue of cars was trailing the other Comtoyou Audi of Frédéric Vervisch. The Belgian managed to keep everybody at bay, finishing ahead of Rob Huff, Edouard Mondron, Tom Coronel, Pepe Oriola and Pierre-Yves Corthals.
Vernay stretched his leading margin in the points standings to 15, while Comini climbed to second on equal points with Tassi and Dušan Borković.
Race two will take place tomorrow, with Mazuin Racing Volkswagen of Maxime Potty and Pepe Oriola’s Lukoil Craft Bamboo Seat León sharing the front row on the top-ten reverse grid.
“It’s fantastic to win here and to give the Audi RS3 and Comtoyou their first pole and their first win on such a great track and in the team’s home country. I am really very, very happy. I adore Spa, as everybody knows, and the car today was simply perfect. I really want to thank Jean-Michel Baert, from Comtoyu, he saved my 2017 season, and it’s nice to able to thank him this way, and also my engineer Corrado Àvila, who is doing a fantastic job.” – Stefano Comini said.