Win and podium for i30 N TCR drivers set up season finale
Four i30 N TCR drivers will go into the TCR Italy finale with a chance to clinch the title after a strong showing at the penultimate weekend at Imola (September 3-5).
Title contenders Nicola Baldan and Kevin Ceccon each took a trip to the podium. For Target Competition man Baldan it was for a second place in Race 1. After starting third he took second place and closely shadowed the leader all the way to the line, challenging for the victory until the final corners of the race to finish less than three-tenths of a second behind.
Ceccon took full advantage of a spot on the front row of the partly-reversed grid of Race 2 – moving into the lead at the drop of the green flag and was never headed on his way to a third win of the season. They will be joined in the title fight by Antti Buri, who finished fifth in Race 1, and Eric Brigliadori. Converting to the Hyundai for the crucial final part of the season after previously running with another manufacturer Brigliadori was only 20th in qualifying, but used the pace of the car to excellent effect to take ninth in Race 1 before storming to fourth in the final standings for Race 2.
The weekend also saw strong results for Igor Stefanovski – with two top tens – and Dušan Kouřil Jr., who took a career best fourth in Race 1, as a total of nine Hyundai customers took places on the grid.