Kevin Gleason wins opening TCR race in Singapore

Kevin Gleason wins opening TCR race in Singapore

Kevin Gleason (USA) Honda Civic TCR, West Coast Racing

Race 1, StartWestCoast Racing’s Kevin Gleason took victory in the opening TCR International Series race on the streets of Singapore, after the American passed pole man Stefano Comini for the lead with just three laps to go.

Gleason took the lead at the end of lap seven when Comini, who had led the race from pole position up to that point, appeared to slow with a temporary electrical gremlin exiting the final corner. Gleason powered his Honda past along the pit straight to take the lead which he would hold for the next two laps, taking his second win of the season.

Morbidelli finished in third, making it two WestCoast Honda’s on the podium, despite the Italian admitting that he was feeling under the weather during the race.

Craft-Bamboo Racing’s Pepe Oriola was fourth, despite the Spaniard making late-race challenges on Morbidelli for the final podium position. His two team-mates Sergey Afanasyev and Jordi Gené were behind in fifth and sixth positions respectively.

Mikhail Grachev brought his Liqui Moly Team Engstler Volkswagen Golf home in seventh, ahead of team-mate Lorenzo Veglia in eighth and Target Competition’s débutant Loris Hezemans in ninth. The trio enjoyed a close battle in the second half of the race, but ultimately remained in formation.

Prince Racing’s Michael Choi took top honours in the TCR Asia Series category in 14th, taking his Honda Civic to a class win ahead of Craft-Bamboo Racing’s Frank Yu in 16th position.

After the struggles of getting their brand new Subaru Impreza STi TCR car to Singapore, Top Run Motorsport were granted permission to race the car from the back of the grid. Luca Rangoni enjoyed a solid race, bringing the car home in 15th position as it ran trouble-free in its first-ever race.

There were embarrassing scenes for Hong Kong racer Mak Hing Tak on the formation lap, as he lost control of his Campos Racing Opel and spun into the wall. On the opening lap of the race, George Chou also made contact with Filipe Clemente de Souza, sending the latter into a spin.

Race two takes place at 16:35 local time on Sunday (10:35 CEST, 09:35 BST).

Race result

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME/GAP BEST GD
1 24 Kevin GLEASON West Coast Racing Honda Civic TCR 10 24:42.376 2:26.749 3
2 25 Stefano COMINI Target Competition SEAT León Racer 10 0.819 2:26.735 1
3 10 Gianni MORBIDELLI West Coast Racing Honda Civic TCR 10 4.73 2:26.693 2
4 74 Pepe ORIOLA Team Craft-Bamboo LUKOIL SEAT León Racer 10 51.4 2:27.007 5
5 77 Sergey AFANASYEV Team Craft-Bamboo LUKOIL SEAT León Racer 10 7.752 2:27.248 4
6 88 Jordi GENÉ Team Craft-Bamboo LUKOIL SEAT León Racer 10 8.076 2:26.955 9
7 8 Mikhail GRACHEV Liqui Moly Team Engstler Volkswagen Golf TCR 10 13.97 2:27.570 7
8 7 Lorenzo VEGLIA Liqui Moly Team Engstler SEAT León Racer 10 14.655 2:27.655 8
9 15 Loris HEZEMANS Target Competition SEAT León Racer 10 15.474 2:27.795 6
10 19 Fernando MONJE Campos Racing Opel Astra OPC 10 23.104 2:28.770 12
11 23 René MÜNNICH West Coast Racing Honda Civic TCR 10 24.753 2:28.699 11
12 4 Tomas ENGSTRÖM Liqui Moly Team Engstler Volkswagen Golf TCR 10 42.759 2:28.592 10
13 35 Rafaël GALIANA Target Competition SEAT León Racer 10 47.875 2:30.144 15
14 68 Michael CHOI Prince Racing Hong Kong Honda Civic TCR 10 1:22.257 2:32.705 17
15 51 Luca RANGONI Top Run Motorsport Subaru STi TCR 10 1:40.389 2:31.713 22
16 99 Frank YU Craft-Bamboo Racing SEAT León Racer 10 1:57.228 2:31.281 14
17 56 Samson CHAN Roadstar Racing Team SEAT León Racer 10 2:08.503 2:37.190 19
18 78 George CHOU Roadstar Racing Team SEAT León Racer 9 1 LAP 2:41.234 13
R 38 Kenneth LAU Prince Racing Hong Kong Honda Civic TCR 3 7 LAPS 2:40.822 18
R 66 Filipe Clemente DE SOUZA Roadstar Racing Team SEAT León Racer 0 DNF N/A 16
R 13 Kenneth MA FRD Ford HK Racing Team Ford Focus ST 0 DNF N/A 20
R 44 MAK Hing Tak Campos Racing Opel Astra OPC 0 DNF N/A 21

Complete race results