Dušan Borković was highly critical of Jean-Karl Vernay for contact in the opening TCR International Series race at Imola, which ultimately prevented the Serbian racer from starting the second race.
Borković was taken out of the first race in Italy by contact from Leopard Racing’s Vernay whilst the duo were battling for sixth position late in the race.
As the pair headed towards Turn 14, Vernay tagged Borković’s SEAT, sending him spinning across the inside of the Rivazza and into the gravel trap on the outside of the bend.
Whilst Vernay was later hit with a double penalty in the race, one of which was for the contact, Borković was left to rue another point-less weekend in the championship.
“I am very disappointed with what happened in Imola,” said a downbeat Borković, who also struggled in qualifying after having all of his Q2 lap times deleted for exceeding the track limits. “First [it was] deleted times in qualifying, after which I considered not continuing for the rest of the day. After that Vernay acted very unsportsmanlike throughout the whole of race one and was cutting in every corner, which enabled him to catch up with me faster.
“At the end he hit me a few times until he spun me out of the track completely, although there was enough space for him to move and fight fair. In the crash my car got damaged too much to be fixed for race two.”
Borković leaves Italy having dropped to tenth in the championship standings on 47 points, having failed to pick up any points over the weekend.
“I am very disappointed that I didn’t score new points this weekend. I am constantly in the top five fastest drivers in the championship, and now we have to focus and fight through all other challenges to get up the score board.”