Comini first-ever TCR race winner
Stefano Comini is the first-ever winner of the TCR International Series. Swissman scored the success in Race 1 at Sepang for team Target Competition, despite a slight mistake at turn 1. Comini took the lead from lap 2 and dominated thanks to the fierce battle behind him.
The Seat cars eventually monopolized the podium with the two Craft-Bamboo Lukoil drivers Pepe Oriola and Sergey Afanayev second and third. They had to sweat in their fight with the West Coast Honda Civic TCR cars of Gianni Morbidelli and poleman Kevin Gleason, who finihed on fourth and sixth, with Comini’s team mate Andrea Belicchi who clinched fifth on the penultimate lap.
It’s incredible to win the very first event of the TCR International Series! A moment I’ll always remember! I feel I have been very lucky in this race: I had a good start but missed the breaking point at turn 1 and had to do some drifting… I recovered well and was able to take the lead, pushing a lot in the first four laps to build a good advantage. The guys behind made my task easier as they were battling fiercely between them! – commented Stefano Comini.