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Circuit Paul Ricard, France – 5 / 6 May 2017


Borković pips Vernay during the final lap

Dušan Borković encored his yesterday’s win thank to a perfect overtaking manoeuvre on Jean-Karl Vernay during the final lap of the second race at Le Castellet.
An intermittent rain began to fall just while the cars – all on slicks – reached the starting grid and intensified during the first laps, which resulted in a number of drivers spinning or running wide. In these tricky conditions two drivers were in a league of their own: Vernay and Stefano Comini. The Frenchman performed an impeccable drive and took the lead during the first lap; as for Comini he put in a great show at the wheel of his Subaru, elbowing his way through the field from 25th on the grid to fifth.
Proceedings were disrupted when Igor Stefanovski crashed heavily, prompting first the safety car and then the red flag.
Before action resumed, a few drivers, including Josh Files and Kris Richard elected to change to rain tyres; the bet didn’t pay off as the rain stopped and the racing lines began to dry. Vernay tried his best to maintain the lead, but couldn’t prevent Borković from passing on the final lap. Dániel Nagy finished on the podium once again, third, inches ahead of Francisco Mora. Comini dropped to tenth with the consolation of the last spot into the points behind a group of survivors who filled the places between fifth and ninth: Mikel Azcona (third yesterday), Attila Tassi, Jens Reno Møller (who started from pole), Danny Kroes and Loris Cencetti.
With two victories in the opening event, Borković has already built a gap in the standings, scoring 55 points against Nagy’s 36, Azcona’s 29 and Vernay’s 26.

The TCR Europe Series’s second event will be held at Circuit Zandvoort, Netherlands, on 19/21 May.

Key facts
Start – Møller makes a perfect start and retains the lead, with Files taking third from Richard to the outside of Turn 1
Lap 1 – Mora runs wide and Vernay passes him and Files; Paulsen goes off the track limits, as does Richard in the tricky conditions; Vernay seizes the lead from Møller.
Lap 2 – A spin from Files drops him back to P13; Mora half-spins at Turn 1 and Møller loses three positions in quick succession; Borković moves through the action into second
Lap 3 – The safety car is deployed after Stefanovski crashes into tyre barrier
Lap 4 – The race is red flagged with the top ten: Vernay, Borković, Nagy, Azcona, Møller, Comini, Potty, Mora, Richard and Tassi
Lap 5 – After a 20 minute delay, Vernay makes a textbook restart and keeps the lead, but is forced on the defensive by Borković; Comini and Møller run wide debating 7th
Lap 6 – Piro stops out on circuit; Paulsen is also forced to pit; Nagy and Azcona apply the pressure on Borković
Lap 7 – Barr and Baldan make contact and retire into the pits; Azcona runs and falls to 5th behind Mora
Lap 8 – The top five cars are now split by just 1.7 seconds and running together
Lap 9 – In a dramatic final lap Borković takes the lead from Vernay, with Nagy, Mora, Azcona, Tassi, Møller, Kroes, Cencetti and Comini rounding out the top ten

Quotes after the second race at Paul Ricard

Dušan Borković (winner): “While we had been waiting for the race to resume after the red flag, I was saying myself that I was happy with second place. However, as the track began to dry in the final laps I saw that I could make a move and try to overtake Vernay. On the straight his car was faster, but mine was better in cornering. I made an safe attempt and passed him. I wouldn’t have done this if I thought that there was the lesser risk to spoil our race. I’m super happy, it was a great weekend for myself, Target Competition, Hyundai and Serbia!”

Jean-Karl Vernay (second): “I have done all I could. Until the track was wet and slippery I was able to stay ahead, as the car was perfect. But when the racing lines began to dry I knew I had no chance. The Hyundai is far superior by now; I was able to keep Borković at bay until halfway through the final laps, but eventually I could not prevent him from passing me.”

Dániel Nagy (third): “It was a crazy race. Before the red flag the track was very tricky and we must be super focused to avoid mistakes. I drove well and was able to move up to third. After the red flag, I began putting the pressure on Borković, but I also had to defend myself from Mora, who was right behind me. In the end I settled with third, another podium, that put me second in the championship. An excellent start of the season.”


2018 TCR Europe Series – calendar

5/6 May – Circuit Paul Ricard, France (International GT Open)
19/21 May – Circuit Zandvoort, Netherlands (Jumbo Racing Days) *
9/10 June – Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium (International GT Open) *
7/8 July – Hungaroring, Hungary (International GT Open) *
18/19 August – TT Circuit Assen, Netherlands (Gamma Racing Days) *
22/23 September – Autodromo di Monza, Italy (International GT Open)
20/21 October – Circuit de Barcelona Catalunya, Spain (International GT Open) **

*        With TCR Benelux
**      With TCR Benelux and TCR Portugal

Further information, results, points and HD pictures at




Ange Barde launches limited edition TCR watch 

Ange Barde is well known as a watch-maker, but also as a passionate high-level amateur racing driver with four European Ferrari Challenge titles and one FIA GT3 World Championship crown under his belt.
Being a motorsport connoisseur and fan, he was fascinated by the level of competition provided by the different TCR series and has launched a limited edition of the Ange Barde TCR Watch.
“We have established a partnership with TCR, which is a wonderful racing category that involves a long list of important brands, drivers and teams, and provides exciting races all around the world. We are pleased to announce that in association with TCR we will produce a limited edition of 88 watches,” Barde explained while visiting the TCR Europe paddock al Le Castellet.
The TCR Watch will be exhibited in the TCR hospitality at all the TCR Europe events and one of these watches is to be a longed-for special prize. “In fact, the winner of the TCR Europe title will be awarded with a TCR watch at the end of the season,” Barde explained.
The TCR Watch will be exclusively produced for the TCR organisation.

Picture, from the left: Paulo Ferreira (TCR Europe promoter), Ange Barde, Marcello Lotti

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