WestCoast Racing’s Rob Huff took a welcome eighth win on the streets of Macau, as the British touring car ace streaked away to take a dominant victory in the penultimate race of the inaugural TCR International Series.
Despite pressure at the start from Team Craft-Bamboo Lukoil’s Jordi Gené and Target Competition’s Stefano Comini, Huff would secure his début TCR win, finishing ahead of the pair after fending them off at Lisboa.
Just after the start, the red flag was brought out, as Target Competition’s Francisco Mora hit the wall at Mandarin Bend. Craft-Bamboo’s Frank Yu tried to brake in avoidance, but was hit from behind by Prince Racing’s Kenneth Lau. Mora was later sent the medical centre for checks, after the hefty impact.
After the restart three laps later, Huff was able to use his extensive knowledge of the 6.2km street track to open up a gap that would remain relatively unchallenged.
However, the title battle was still in full effect for the remainder of the race, as Comini, Gene and Pepe Oriola were still trying to gain the upper hand in the drivers’ standings. Gene would be out of contention at the end of the race, whilst Comini still has a slim advantage of seven points over Oriola heading into the final race of the season.
Apart from Mora, Yu and Lau, the two other non-finishers were PAS Macau Racing Team’s Henry Ho, who headed back to the pits, as his Honda Civic had electrical issues, along with Proteam Racing’s James Nash, as the Brit’s Ford Focus was suffering overheating issues.
Jordi Oriola made it four Seat Leóns in the top five, finishing fifth ahead of WestCoast Racing’s Gianni Morbidelli and Kevin Gleason. Andrea Belicchi would only be able to manage eighth, as Liqui Moly Team Engstler’s Lorenso Veglia and Craft-Bamboo Lukoil’s Sergey Afanasyev rounded out the top ten.
|1||27||Rob HUFF||West Coast Racing||Honda Civic TCR||10||32:52.232||2:34.136||1|
|2||88||Jordi GENÉ||Team Craft-Bamboo LUKOIL||SEAT León Racer||10||7.832||2:34.449||4|
|3||25||Stefano COMINI||Target Competition||SEAT León Racer||10||9.050||2:34.875||3|
|4||74||Pepe ORIOLA||Team Craft-Bamboo LUKOIL||SEAT León Racer||10||10.459||2:34.985||5|
|5||21||Jordi ORIOLA||Target Competition||SEAT León Racer||10||13.361||2:35.104||8|
|6||10||Gianni MORBIDELLI||West Coast Racing||Honda Civic TCR||10||16.268||2:35.820||6|
|7||24||Kevin GLEASON||West Coast Racing||Honda Civic TCR||10||17.008||2:35.112||2|
|8||33||Andrea BELICCHI||Target Competition||SEAT León Racer||10||18.229||2:35.519||9|
|9||7||Lorenzo VEGLIA||Liqui Moly Team Engstler||Volkswagen Golf TCR||10||26.627||2:36.116||11|
|10||77||Sergey AFANASYEV||Team Craft-Bamboo LUKOIL||SEAT León Racer||10||34.592||2:35.612||7|
|11||8||Mikhail GRACHEV||Liqui Moly Team Engstler||Volkswagen Golf TCR||10||36.767||2:37.334||14|
|12||30||Rodolfo AVILA||Asia Racing Team||SEAT León Racer||10||48.016||2:39.092||10|
|13||14||Josh FILES||Campos Racing||Opel Astra OPC||10||53.645||2:39.044||16|
|14||27||Robb HOLLAND||Roadstar Racing Team||SEAT León Racer||10||1:01.420||2:40.572||17|
|15||28||Sunny WONG Yat Shing||West Coast Racing||Honda Civic TCR||10||1:24.708||2:41.910||15|
|16||68||Michael CHOI||Prince Racing Hong Kong||Honda Civic TCR||10||1:39.400||2:45.017||21|
|17||49||Guillame CUNNINGTON||Liqui Moly Team Engstler||SEAT León Racer||10||2:09.842||2:47.015||22|
|18||98||Keith CHAN||Target Competition||SEAT León Racer||10||2:17.575||2:48.739||23|
|19||56||Samson CHAN||Roadstar Racing Team||SEAT León Racer||10||2:28.983||2:51.512||24|
|R||73||James NASH||Proteam Racing||Ford Focus ST TCR||5||DNF||2:49.713||19|
|R||29||Henry HO Wai Kun||PAS Macau Racing Team||Honda Civic TCR||3||DNF||2:41.306||13|
|R||50||Francisco MORA||Target Competition||SEAT León Racer||0||DNF||N/A||12|
|R||99||Frank YU||Craft-Bamboo Racing||SEAT León Racer||0||DNF||N/A||18|
|R||38||Kenneth LAU||Prince Racing Hong Kong||Honda Civic TCR||0||DNF||N/A||20|
|NS||63||Sam LOK Chi Kit||Asia Racing Team||SEAT León Racer||–||DNS||N/A||–|
|NS||67||Johnson HUANG||Roadstar Racing Team||SEAT León Racer||–||DNS||N/A||–|
|NS||65||Douglas KHOO||Niza Racing||SEAT León Racer||–||DNS||N/A||–|
|NS||76||Dan WELLS||Campos Racing||Opel Astra OPC||–||DNS||N/A||–|
|NS||35||Rafaël GALIANA||Target Competition||SEAT León Racer||–||DNS||N/A||–|
|NS||52||Alain MENU||Top Run Motorsport||Subaru STi TCR||–||DNS||N/A||–|