TCR Russia @ Fort
Surprise wins for Gavrilov and Golikov
The TCR Russia series’
opening event at Fort Grozny delivered a couple of unexpected results.
Lukoil Racing’s young gun Klim Gavrilov claimed an authoritative victory in
Race 1 in his first race at the wheel of the Audi RS3 LMS, while Roman
Golikov of UGMK Motorsport won the second race and so scored the Volkswagen
Golf GTI’s first success in Russia.
In Race 1, on a drying track, Gavrilov overtook Dmitry Bragin for the lead
and then benefited from the collision between the reigning champion and
Aleksey Dudukalo to build a small gap. However he made a mistake and handed
the lead to Kirill Ladygin. After mid race Ladygin's pace faded and
Gavrilov retook the lead, while Mikhail Grachev and Vladimir Sheshenin
closed the gap in second and third positions, but not enough to attack the
The second race saw Golikov making good use of his front row starting
position on the top-ten reverse grid to take the lead. For most of the
race, Dudukalo put in a great defensive drive to defend second position
from Ladygin, which helped Golikov to build a gap. Vitalj Dudin managed to pass
both Ladygin and Dudukalo, moving up to second in the Akhmat Racing Team
Golf GTI and Ladygin beat Dudukalo on the line for the third place.
After the race, however, Ladygin was given a 20 second penalty for unfair
driving and Dudin was excluded for a ride height infringement.
This meant that Golikov and Gavrilov are joint leaders in the standings
with 33 points, two clear of Dudukalo, while Sheshenin is fourth with 29.
TCR Russia will resume at the Smolensk Ring on 5/6 May.