Vernay wins race 2 at Spa
Jean-Karl Vernay claimed a superb win in race two at Spa, where last year he had obtained his maiden TCR International Series victory. The Frenchman took the lead with authority in lap 5, passing Edouard Mondron and Rob Huff in one move, and pulled away. This success allowed him to extend his lead in the championship.
Huff took a podium finish in his first appearance as a full-time competitor in the series and completed the triumphant day for the Volkswagen Golf cars of Leopard Racing, in what can be deemed as a home win, the team being based in nearby Luxembourg and assisted technically by Belgium’s Team WRT.
After claiming his first 2017 victory in race one, Stefano Comini took a valuable third place in the Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS that promoted him to second in the standings, 25 points behind his former teammate.
Once again the TCR International Series competitors delivered a very lively race, with many exciting battles. A trio of Belgian drivers took the positions from fourth to sixth,, Mondron (Delahaye Racing Volkswagen Golf), Benjamin Lessennes (Boutsen Ginion Honda Civic) and Frédéric Vervisch (Comtoyou Audi RS3 LMS) finished in the order.
Davit Kajaia, with the GE-Force Alfa Romeo Giulietta, took the seventh place after an entertaining fight with James Nash (Lukoil Craft Bamboo SEAT León) and Attila Tassi (M1RA Honda Civic). It was a weekend to forget for the two race winners of the previous weekend in Bahrain. Both, Roberto Colciago (M1RA Honda Civic) and Dušan Boković (GE-Force Alfa Romeo Giulietta) struggled to be on the pace, their cars laden by 30 kilos of success ballast. Nash was the best of the Seat drivers in eight, while his teammate Pepe Oriola saw his hopes swept away in the incident caused by Tom Coronel at the start.
As for the two Opel Astra cars of DG Sport Compétition, they were both stopped by a loss of power while Pierre-Yves Corthals and Mat’o Homola were lying tenth and 11th respectively.
The International Series will resume in a few days at Monza for rounds 7 and 8 on May 13 and 14.