Roberto Colciago defied maximum success ballast to claim his third victory of the season in the second TCR International Series race at Salzburgring.
A non-start for Jean-Karl Vernay after damage in race one, coupled with Stefano Comini’s third-place finish behind the impressive Attila Tassi ensures Comini will take a three-point championship lead to the Hungaroring.
The Craft-Bamboo pairing of James Nash and rookie Daniel Lloyd came next in sixth and seventh, though Lloyd remains under investigation by officials for potentially overtaking under yellow flag conditions.
Giacomo Altoe, Jens Reno Moller and Race 1 pole-sitter Mat’o Homola completed the top ten.
Colciago, as expected, made a blistering get-away, leaving Morbidelli to dispute second with Nash’s SEAT into the chicane at Turn 1.
The Brit lost out in the scrap, releasing Tassi to claim second at the long sweeping right-hander of Turn 9 a lap later.
The Italian veteran would force the matter with a boisterous move back to the inside of Tassi, but was ultimately forced to settle for third at that stage.
The net result of those squabbles was a 2.5 second lead for Colciago at the front, with Comini able to close on the leading three amid the dicing.
Comini was next to relegate Morbidelli, with Pepe Oriola opportunistically seizing on the manouevre to slide up the inside into fourth.
Disaster struck Race 1 winner Dusan Borkovic as he spun into the gravel at half-distance.
A puncture for Oriola heading through the fast right-hander at Turn 9 would then similarly pitch him around into the gravel, forcing the safety car back out on circuit.
Colciago made a clean restart following the stoppage and from there extended his advantage to 1.2 seconds at the chequered flag.
The series heads next to the Hungaroring on 1-2 July.
|1||5||Roberto COLCIAGO||M1RA||Honda Civic Type-R TCR||17||27:50.474||1:27.084||1|
|2||9||Attila TASSI||M1RA||Honda Civic Type-R TCR||17||1.267||1:27.160||6|
|3||1||Stefano COMINI||Comtoyou Racing||Audi RS3 LMS TCR||17||1.503||1:27.142||3|
|4||35||Thomas JÄGER||Team Kissling Motorsport||Opel Astra TCR||17||1.945||1:26.583||5|
|5||10||Gianni MORBIDELLI||West Coast Racing||Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR||17||2.453||1:26.882||2|
|6||54||James NASH||Lukoil Craft-Bamboo Racing||SEAT León TCR||17||2.815||1:26.999||4|
|7||17||Daniel LLOYD||Lukoil Craft-Bamboo Racing||SEAT León TCR||17||6.777||1:27.561||10|
|8||21||Giacomo ALTOÈ||West Coast Racing||Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR||17||7.436||1:27.698||16|
|9||11||Jens Reno MØLLER||Reno Racing||Honda Civic Type-R TCR||17||8.337||1:27.886||13|
|10||70||Mat’o HOMOLA||DG Sport Compétition||Opel Astra TCR||17||9.431||1:27.674||9|
|11||16||Davit KAJAIA||GE-Force||Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR||16||1 Lap||1:27.107||12|
|12||36||Enrico BETTERA||Pit Lane Competizioni||Audi RS3 LMS TCR||16||1 Lap||1:27.925||18|
|R||6||Frédéric VERVISCH||Comtoyou Racing||Audi RS3 LMS TCR||12||DNF||1:27.546||11|
|R||66||Grégoire DEMOUSTIER||DG Sport Compétition||Opel Astra TCR||11||DNF||1:27.496||15|
|R||74||Pepe ORIOLA||Lukoil Craft-Bamboo Racing||SEAT León TCR||10||DNF||1:26.692||7|
|R||18||Duncan ENDE||Icarus Motorsports||SEAT León TCR||9||DNF||1:27.818||17|
|R||62||Dušan BORKOVIĆ||GE-Force||Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR||5||DNF||1:27.843||8|
|R||34||Stian PAULSEN||Stian Paulsen Racing||SEAT León TCR||4||DNF||1:41.648||14|
|NS||31||Milovan VESNIĆ||ASK Vesnić||Audi RS3 LMS TCR||–||DNS||N/A||–|
|NS||3||Rob HUFF||Leopard Racing Team WRT||Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR||–||DNS||N/A||–|
|NS||2||Jean-Karl VERNAY||Leopard Racing Team WRT||Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR||–||DNS||N/A||–|
|NS||32||Luigi FERRARA||Top Run Motorsport||Subaru WRX STi TCR||–||DNS||N/A||–|