Attila Tassi makes it two out of two in Hungary

Attila Tassi makes it two out of two in Hungary

Attila Tassi
Photo: TCR Media

M1RA’s Attila Tassi followed up his maiden TCR International Series victory in race one with another win in race two at the Hungaroring, finishing ahead of Craft-Bamboo Racing’s Pepe Oriola to take the championship lead.

Jens Reno Møller started the reverse-grid race from pole position, and it was the Dane who led for the first ten laps of the race, as behind him Tassi fought his way from eighth on the grid to the front.

A two-lap safety car intervention was required after an accident on the exit of the first turn on the first lap, which was triggered when Stian Paulsen tapped Leopard Racing’s Rob Huff into a slide.

That slide saw the second Leopard car of Jean-Karl Vernay pass Huff, but slight contact between the duo pitched Vernay into the rear corner of the Alfa Romeo of Davit Kajaia. That in turn spun the GE-Force driver into WestCoast Racing’s Gianni Morbidelli and Craft-Bamboo’s Dan Lloyd, who were on the outside line, forcing all three into retirement.

At the restart after the safety car it was Møller leading WestCoast Racing’s Giacomo Altoè and Tassi, and the leading Dane initially built up a two-second advantage in the following laps.

On lap six Tassi got past Altoè for second, and he set about closing the gap to the leader, such that by lap ten he was able to mount an attack.

The young Hungarian got past Møller for the lead at Turn 13 on lap 11, and made it two wins out of two at his home circuit.

Oriola followed past two laps later to claim second, whilst Møller was able to hold on to claim his first TCR podium in third.

Altoè just missed out on a maiden TCR International podium in fourth, although the result marks his best finish of the season. Former points leader Roberto Colciago took fifth, ahead of M1RA team-mate and team boss Norbert Michelisz.

Vernay finished the race in seventh, ahead of Paulsen in eighth, who scored his first points finish of the season after seven non-scores beforehand.

Craft-Bamboo Racing’s James Nash and Comtoyou Racing’s Stefano Comini completed the top ten, the latter benefitting by a place when team-mate Frédéric Vervisch retired from the race when the front-right wheel of his Audi broke on lap 12.

After losing out on the opening lap, Huff could only manage 11th, meaning he leaves Hungary without adding any points to his tally, whilst Mat’o Homola again powered through from the back of the grid to finish in 12th position.

Dušan Borković’s poor run of form in Budapest continued with the GE-Force driver bringing his Alfa Romeo into the pits with technical issues for the second race in a row.

Tassi’s double victory gives him the lead of the drivers’ championship, six points clear of team-mate Roberto Colciago, who took fifth in the race. Vernay is now 13 points adrift in third.

Race result

19Attila TASSIM1RAHonda Civic Type-R TCR1414 LAPS1:55.3908
274Pepe ORIOLALukoil Craft-Bamboo RacingSEAT León TCR141.8611:54.3307
311Jens Reno MØLLERReno RacingHonda Civic Type-R TCR143.2831:55.1811
421Giacomo ALTOÈWest Coast RacingVolkswagen Golf GTi TCR143.7651:55.7272
55Roberto COLCIAGOM1RAHonda Civic Type-R TCR144.3971:55.6306
659Norbert MICHELISZM1RAHonda Civic Type-R TCR144.9801:54.65510
72Jean-Karl VERNAYLeopard Racing Team WRTVolkswagen Golf GTi TCR145.3721:54.6949
834Stian PAULSENStian Paulsen RacingSEAT León TCR146.2541:55.2944
954James NASHLukoil Craft-Bamboo RacingSEAT León TCR1412.0551:55.39512
101Stefano COMINIComtoyou RacingAudi RS3 LMS TCR1417.1351:55.46416
113Rob HUFFLeopard Racing Team WRTVolkswagen Golf GTi TCR1417.4001:54.4895
1270Mat’o HOMOLADG Sport CompétitionOpel Astra TCR1418.5051:55.42324
1366Grégoire DEMOUSTIERDG Sport CompétitionOpel Astra TCR1421.9751:56.28618
1455Ferenc FICZAZengő MotorsportKIA Cee’d TCR1428.9231:56.92320
1520Márk JEDLÓCZKYUnicorse TeamAlfa Romeo Giulietta TCR1433.9141:57.46119
1626István BERNULABotka Rally TeamKIA Cee’d TCR1438.1931:56.74526
1777Anett GYÖRGYZengő MotorsportSEAT León TCR DSG1459.1761:58.15821
1878Csaba TÓTHZengő MotorsportSEAT León TCR DSG141:14.9982:00.15823
R31Milovan VESNIĆASK VesnićAudi RS3 LMS TCR12DNF1:57.28722
R6Frédéric VERVISCHComtoyou RacingAudi RS3 LMS TCR11DNF1:55.25613
R18Duncan ENDEIcarus MotorsportsSEAT León TCR8DNF1:56.66525
R62Dušan BORKOVIĆGE-ForceAlfa Romeo Giulietta TCR8DNF1:56.48017
R10Gianni MORBIDELLIWest Coast RacingVolkswagen Golf GTi TCR0DNFN/A3
R17Daniel LLOYDLukoil Craft-Bamboo RacingSEAT León TCR0DNFN/A11
R16Davit KAJAIAGE-ForceAlfa Romeo Giulietta TCR0DNFN/A15
R80Dániel NAGYZengő MotorsportSEAT León TCR0DNFN/A14