Stefano Comini secures first win of the season in Spa race one

Comtoyou Racing’s Stefano Comini took his first win of the TCR International Series season in the first race at spa-Francorchamps, ahead of Boutsen Ginion Racing’s Benjamin Lessennes and M1RA’s Attila Tassi.

Comini started the race from pole position alongside team-mate Frédéric Vervisch, but neither of the Audi drivers got off to a strong start, allowing Tassi and Lessennes to get past before Turn 1.

Comini then followed the Hungarian for a lap before passing into Turn 5 early on lap two, and the double champion was unchallenged thereafter, as Tassi fought to hold on to a podium position.

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Lessennes got past fellow Honda racer Tassi for second on lap three, although the Belgian Benelux driver had no answer to Comini ahead and couldn’t close the gap.

Tassi took third, and his second podium of the season, despite strong late-race pressure from Leopard Racing’s Jean-Karl Vernay, who had to settle for fourth.

Vervisch ended up in fifth in his first race in a front-wheel drive car, having lost out to Frenchman Vernay on lap five, whilst the second Leopard Volkswagen of Rob Huff took sixth.

Delahaye Racing Team’s Eduoard Mondron took seventh, being involved in a close battle with Boutsen Ginion Racing’s tom Coronel throughout the race, with Coronel having to settle for eighth on his TCR International début.

Craft-Bamboo Racing’s Pepe Oriola and DG Sport Compétition’s Pierre-Yves Corthals completed the top ten, with 11th-placed James Nash just missing out on the points despite getting a strong start to pass six cars when the lights went out.

WestCoast Racing’s Gianni Morbidelli was never a factor in the race for points and took the chequered flag in 12th, ahead of Zengő Motorsport’s Ferenc Ficza, who crossed the finish line with damaged left-rear suspension as a result of late-race contact whilst battling for the final point.

All 24 cars were classified as finishers in the race, although the last classified Opel of Mat’o Homola picked up a puncture and had to pit for a replacement tyre following contact from Maxime Potty.

The reverse grid second race takes place at 10:35 BST (11:35 CEST) on Saturday morning.

Race result

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 1 Stefano COMINI Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 9 9 LAPS 32.101 1
2 63 Benjamin LESSENNES Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda Civic Type-R TCR 9 3.547 32.839 3
3 9 Attila TASSI M1RA Honda Civic Type-R TCR 9 8.343 33.649 6
4 2 Jean-Karl VERNAY Leopard Racing Team WRT Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 9 8.764 32.481 4
5 6 Frédéric VERVISCH Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 9 9.063 33.256 2
6 3 Rob HUFF Leopard Racing Team WRT Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 9 9.325 33.174 5
7 25 Edouard MONDRON Delahaye Racing Team Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 9 9.619 33.170 8
8 64 Tom CORONEL Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda Civic Type-R TCR 9 10.550 32.962 7
9 74 Pepe ORIOLA Lukoil Craft-Bamboo Racing SEAT León TCR 9 11.790 33.369 9
10 23 Pierre-Yves CORTHALS DG Sport Compétition Opel Astra TCR 9 12.075 33.016 15
11 54 James NASH Lukoil Craft-Bamboo Racing SEAT León TCR 9 13.133 33.290 16
12 10 Gianni MORBIDELLI West Coast Racing Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 9 13.552 33.441 13
13 55 Ferenc FICZA Zengő Motorsport SEAT León TCR 9 14.611 32.353 12
14 21 Giacomo ALTOÈ West Coast Racing Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 9 14.611 33.509 14
15 7 Hugo VALENTE Lukoil Craft-Bamboo Racing SEAT León TCR 9 16.397 33.539 23
16 62 Dušan BORKOVIĆ GE-Force Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR 9 17.184 33.229 19
17 52 Maxime POTTY Michaël Mazuin Sport Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 9 19.149 33.746 10
18 16 Davit KAJAIA GE-Force Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR 9 19.450 34.147 11
19 12 Guillaume MONDRON Delahaye Racing Team SEAT León TCR 9 21.315 33.692 22
20 5 Roberto COLCIAGO M1RA Honda Civic Type-R TCR 9 25.797 34.517 18
21 11 Jens Reno MOLLER Reno Racing Honda Civic Type-R TCR 9 32.529 35.266 21
22 18 Duncan ENDE Icarus Motorsports SEAT León TCR 9 36.992 35.672 24
23 34 Stian PAULSEN Stian Paulsen Racing SEAT León TCR 8 1 LAP 34.209 20
24 70 Mat’o HOMOLA DG Sport Compétition Opel Astra TCR 8 1 LAP 33.711 17
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