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Quarta, 13 Fevereiro 2019 21:04 | Actualizado em Quarta, 23 Setembro 2020 18:34

TCR Middle East @ Dubai
Münnich and Breukers are champions

René Münnich and Luc Breukers became the first drivers to wrap up TCR titles in the 2019 season when they were crowned champions in the TCR Middle East Series and the 24H Middle East Championship respectively, last week at Dubai Autodrome.
In the final event, Münnich and his Honda Civic Type R FK7 completed a perfect score in the TCR Middle East sprint races, with six victories out of six races.
In Race 1, Münnich started from the pole and pulled away, increasing his lead up to 23.8 seconds over Breukers; Zengő Motorsport teammates Tamás Tenke and Zoltán Zengő delivered a close fight for third that eventually saw Zengő overtaking Tenke on lap 7.
Breukers led during the first lap of Race 2, as he was able to pass both Zengő and Tenke who had started from the front row of the reverse grid. However, despite taking the start from the pit lane, Münnich recovered quickly, took the lead in lap 2 and went to claim his sixth victory in the series. Breukers took the chequered flag 16 seconds behind; both the Zengő Motorsport CUPRA cars pitted with technical issues and rejoined after losing a few laps.
In the 4-hour race that ended the season, the CUPRA that Luc and Ivo Breukers shared with Yusif Bassil took a comfortable victory after emerging from a fight with the Zengő Motorsport CUPRA of Tamás Horvath and Gábor Kismarty-Lechner that lasted for the first hour.
After moving into the lead, the orange CUPRA kept a consistent pace increasing its margin as both the Zengő Motorsport cars suffered from fuel feeding issues. The father-and-son Breukers duo and Bassil completed 103 laps of the Dubai Autodrome, while the Zengő Motorsport cars finished second (Horváth and Kismarty-Lechner) and third (Zoltán Zengő-Csába Tóth).

Race 1
1. R. Münnich ( Münnich Motorsport, Honda Civic FK7 TCR), 14 laps
2. L. Breukers (Red, CUPRA TCR), 23.885
3. Z. Zengő (Zengő Motorsport, CUPRA TCR), 1:57.214

Race 2
1. R. Münnich ( Münnich Motorsport, Honda Civic FK7 TCR), 14 laps
2. L. Breukers (Red, CUPRA TCR), 16.613
3. Z. Zengő (Zengő Motorsport, CUPRA TCR), 4 laps

4H Race 3
1. Red, CUPRA (L. Breukers/I. Breukers/Y. Bassil), 103 laps
2. Zengő Motorsport, CUPRA (T. Horvath/G. Kismarty-Lechner), 13 laps
3. Zengő Motorsport, CUPRA (Z. Zengő/C. Tóth), 20 laps

Championship points – TCR Middle East
1. Münnich 195 pts; 2. L. Breukers 150; 3. Zengő 107

Championship points – 24H Middle East
1. L. Breukers 68 pts; 2. Zengő & Tóth 55

Photos: Creventic



Daniel Lloyd confirmed as TCR official BoP tester

Reigning TCR UK champion Daniel Lloyd has been again appointed as the official driver for the TCR Balance of Performance test that will take place next Monday, February 18th, at Valencia’s Circuit Ricardo Tormo.
During the day, Lloyd will drive five models that are yet to be certified by the TCR Technical Department: the Lynk&Co 03, Renault Mégane, Hyundai Veloster N, LADA Vesta Sport and Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce, plus an already-certified car that will be used as a reference.
Lloyd’s debuted as TCR official BoP tester last year at the same Spanish racetrack. His professionalism and dedication, together with the accurate information he was able to convey, gained the confidence of the TCR technical staff who was keen to confirm him in the role for this year’s test.
“I'm really looking forward to working with TCR again this year in Valencia. Last year’s BoP test was a great success, so to be asked back to do the job again is a huge privilege. I had a really successful season last year in TCR UK, however I’m still actively looking for a drive for 2019. Hopefully I will secure something in the near future,” Lloyd said.

Photo: TCR-Photo 4



Langeveld completes the Audi Sport line up

Audi Sport customer racing tackles WTCR’s second season with a strong quartet, having added Niels Langeveld to Gordon Shedden, Jean-Karl Vernay and Frédéric Vervisch. They will all be at the wheel of Audi RS 3 LMS cars.
“We’ve decided to include a successful driver from our customer racing programme in the Audi Sport squad,” explained Chris Reinke, Head of Audi Sport customer racing. “Niels Langeveld has performed consistently well in the ADAC TCR Germany over the last two years and has impressed us.”
The 30-year-old Dutchman concluded the 2017 season in fifth place and last year he scored two race victories for the Racing One team and was classified third in the Drivers’ Championship.
Langeveld will team up with Vervisch in the Comtoyou Team Audi Sport, while the Leopard Racing Team Audi Sport will remain unchanged with Shedden and Vernay.
They have all scored race victories in the 2018 WTCR: Vernay had four and finished fifth in the standings, while Shedden and Vervisch had one each and were classified ninth and 13th respectively. The Frenchman claimed another three victories in TCR Europe on his way to end runner up in the points.

Photo: ADAC Motorsport


TCR Germany
Halder and Fugel together again at Team Honda

2017 ADAC TCR Germany Vice-champion Mike Halder and series’ race winner Dominik Fugel will team up once again in the 2019 German championship.
They will be at the wheel of two Honda Civic Type R FK7 cars run under the banner of Team Honda ADAC Sachsen.
Last year, Halder scored three race wins and was classified fourth in the final standings. “The goal is obvious: to be champion! Now we must prepare well before the season starts because it will be crucial to score points in every race,” he said.
Fugel, who had won two races in the series between 2016 and 2018, added: “We have finished twice second in the Teams’ championship in 2016 and 2018, so now we are aiming to win both the Drivers’ and Teams’ titles. Since Mike joined us last year, the team has improved a lot, so we are confident that he has the potential to become champion.”

Photos: ADAC Motorsport


TCR Australia
Jimmy Vernon to drive a GRM Alfa Romeo

Garry Rogers Motorsport signed rising star Jimmy Vernon as its first driver to its TCR Australia program for this year.
Vernon, 2017 Toyota Racing Series champion, will drive one of the team’s 2019-specification Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce cars.
After the karting years, the 21-year-old Vernon competed in Formula Ford in 2012, then advanced to Formula 4 in 2015, production cars in 2016, before claiming the 2017 Toyota 86 Racing Series title. Last year, Vernon finished fourth overall in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge, winning the final round on his home racetrack at Sydney Motorsport Park.
Vernon said: “To have been offered the opportunity to link with Garry Roger’s Motorsport is a great honour. Seeing the way GRM has nurtured some of the best Australian drivers over many years, it was an easy decision to make. I can’t wait to cast my eyes over the new Alfa Romeo. I believe we will be bringing a really strong package to the category.”


TC America ROWE Racing with an Audi car

In 2019 ROWE Racing will expand to TC America, in addition to their campaign in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge.
“We’re very excited to be racing in the new TC America DSG Cup,” said team owner, Matt Moran. “The series is a great way for customers to get wheel-to-wheel experience and compete against other similarly rated drivers for wins and podiums. We hope to contribute to the growth of the field this year and beyond.”
The ROWE Racing will enter an Audi RS 3 LMS for Bryan Putt who returned to racing, after a 12-year hiatus, spending the past three years at the club level.
“I think the series offers a great opportunity to compete in the pro ranks, with tight competition, skilled drivers and an excellent organization. The TCR class offers a high level of performance with reasonable costs, a growing global field, and real competitive depth,” Putt stated.


TCR Italy
Opel Astra cars for Argenti and Nataloni

Andrea Argenti and Nello Nataloni will return to TCR Italy for the 2019 season driving their Opel Astra cars.
Argenti will be supported by the South Italy Racing Team once again, while Nataloni's car will be run by his own team N Motors.
Both drivers will benefit from technical support from Lubner Motorsport that has taken over Opel Motorsport's customer programme for the Astra TCR from Kissling Motorsport.

Photo: ACI Sport-Photo 4

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