WestCoast 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).
|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|