The TCR International Series has been dismissed by the GP of Macau with two races that define perfectly the essence of this test and compete in the Circuit Da Guia. Beginning very rough, red flags, and just in time to compete have been a common feature on both sleeves. While Stefano Comini has won the first race, the Portuguese Tiago Monteiro, official driver of Honda in the WTCC, has achieved the victory in the second race. With the accumulated results in both races, and the problems of James Nash, the title of the TCR International Series is for the own Stefano Comini.
Stefano Comini was placed leader of the first race after passing in the outlet to your teammate Leopard, Jean-Karl Vernay. However, the first round of the TCR Series are not delivered from an output rough in that Gianni Morbidelli was the main victim with his accident in ‘Mandarin’. James Nash, a great favorite for the title in advance, took advantage of the great initial chaos to be placed in fourth position before the red flag caused by the different incidents on the first lap and which also was affected Tang Chi Lun.
The restart of the race was no less rugged with one manoeuvre, three bands between Dusan Borkovic, Matej Homola and James Nash who was causing a new accident in ‘Lisbon’ and what is more important, affected the suspension of the Seat of James Nash. The delay at the time of check out the vehicles and the general retardation of the race meant that this came to an end when it had only been completed five laps, forcing you to deal half of the points and left as the winner Stefano Comini. The podium of this abrupt career closed Jean Karl Vernay and Tiago Monteiro. Pepe Oriola was fifth.
Results first race TCR Series in the GP of Macau
|1||Stefano Comini||Leopard Racing||Volkswagen Golf||5 turns|
|2nd||Jean Karl Vernay||Leopard Racing||Volkswagen Golf||+1.040|
|3rd||Tiago Monteiro||West Coast Racing||Honda Civic||+1.467|
|4th||Dusan Borkovic||B3 Racing Team||Seat Leon||+1.844|
|5th||Pepe Oriola||Craft Bamboo Racing||Seat Leon||+2.192|
The second race of the TCR Series in Macau had a script very similar. Tiago Monteiro managed to keep his lead until the third lap when a mess caused by Shing Sunny led to a new red flag to stop blocked to a large number of cars after his accident. In the resalida, after the relevant lap after the Safety Car, Monteiro managed to retain once more the first position with his Honda Civic, despite the large amount of overtaking that took place to your back. The first, the one of Jean-Karl Vernay, his partner Stefano Comini.
Nor cut his Pepe Oriola, which anticipated in the first term to Dusan Borkovic, and in the second instance, already in the last lap because the race was reduced to seven turns, at the same Comini. These manoeuvres meant that Tiago Monteiro had no trouble to cross the finish line in first position. Jean Kar Vernay was second and Pepe Oriola was getting close to the podium, although the greatest joy was for a Stefano Comini who with his fourth position and got the title, as James Nash could only be eighth. In this way, the swiss rider saved in their showcases his second championship of the TCR Series in a row.
Results second career TCR Series in the GP of Macau
|1||Tiago Monteiro||West Coast Racing||Honda Civic||7 laps|
|2nd||Jean Karl Vernay||Leopard Racing||Volkswagen Golf||+0.926|
|3rd||Pepe Oriola||Craft Bamboo Racing||Seat Leon||+1.441|
|5th||Dusan Borkovic||B3 Racing Team||Seat Leon||+3.077|