Attila Tassi takes maiden TCR win in front of home crowd

Attila Tassi takes maiden TCR win in front of home crowd

Attila Tassi
Photo: TCR Media

Attila Tassi scored his first-ever win in the TCR International Series in front of a home crowd at the Hungaroring, as he led home a M1RA 1-2 finish, with Norbert Michelisz in second and Leopard Racing’s Jean-Karl Vernay in third.

Tassi moved past team-mate Michelisz at the very start of the race, taking the lead before Turn 1 and remaining in charge of the race thereafter. The win for Tassi means he moves to eight points from the championship lead.

For his part, Michelisz did exactly as he said he would, helping Tassi in his battle for the championship and holding station in second, keeping the Volkswagen of Vernay behind him. The result also gives Michelisz a first TCR International podium in his first race in the series.

Roberto Colciago took the chequered flag in fourth, meaning the M1RA team just missed out on a perfect 1-2-3 finish on home soil. The result gives the Italian the championship lead over Vernay by just three points.

Craft-Bamboo Racing’s Pepe Oriola headed up his two team-mates in fifth, despite putting serious pressure on Colciago’s Honda ahead for the position. Brits Dan Lloyd and James Nash finished in sixth and seventh respectively.

WestCoast Racing duo Giacomo Altoè and Gianni Morbidelli were eighth and ninth respectively, having swapped positions on lap ten as Altoè got past his more experienced team-mate into Turn 1.

DG Sport Compétition’s Mat’o Homola completed the top ten, having put in a determined drive from the back of the grid. The Opel Astra racer put in a particularly determined pass on GE-Force’s Davit Kajaia at Turn 1 on lap 11 to take the final points position.

Kajaia finished as the leading Alfa Romeo driver in 11th, whilst team-mate Dušan Borković retired from the race in the pit lane after seven laps with an issue on his car.

Former points leader Stefano Comini was unable to make any headway in the session, with the Comtoyou Racing Audi driver ending the race in 12th place to record only his second non-points finish of the season.

Also stopping with issues on their cars during the race were Leopard Racing’s Rob Huff, after two laps whilst running in sixth, and Comtoyou Racing’s Frédéric Vervisch, after seven laps. Neither drivers were able to make it back to the pits with their issues, with Vervisch needing to be recovered at Turn 4.

The second race at the Hungaroring takes place at 13:00 CEST (12:00 BST).

Race result

19Attila TASSIM1RAHonda Civic Type-R TCR1414 LAPS1:54.4313
259Norbert MICHELISZM1RAHonda Civic Type-R TCR140.8651:54.2521
32Jean-Karl VERNAYLeopard Racing Team WRTVolkswagen Golf GTi TCR141.7441:54.2542
45Roberto COLCIAGOM1RAHonda Civic Type-R TCR1412.7691:54.8695
574Pepe ORIOLALukoil Craft-Bamboo RacingSEAT León TCR1414.0291:54.9674
617Daniel LLOYDLukoil Craft-Bamboo RacingSEAT León TCR1414.9591:55.00011
754James NASHLukoil Craft-Bamboo RacingSEAT León TCR1422.5691:55.72412
821Giacomo ALTOÈWest Coast RacingVolkswagen Golf GTi TCR1425.0741:55.7529
910Gianni MORBIDELLIWest Coast RacingVolkswagen Golf GTi TCR1427.4481:55.4798
1070Mat’o HOMOLADG Sport CompétitionOpel Astra TCR1427.8691:55.55326
1116Davit KAJAIAGE-ForceAlfa Romeo Giulietta TCR1431.2701:55.90314
121Stefano COMINIComtoyou RacingAudi RS3 LMS TCR1435.4791:56.61315
1366Grégoire DEMOUSTIERDG Sport CompétitionOpel Astra TCR1435.8931:56.34417
1411Jens Reno MØLLERReno RacingHonda Civic Type-R TCR1437.9041:56.47810
1580Dániel NAGYZengő MotorsportSEAT León TCR1439.1061:56.16213
1655Ferenc FICZAZengő MotorsportKIA Cee’d TCR1440.7421:56.25624
1720Márk JEDLÓCZKYUnicorse TeamAlfa Romeo Giulietta TCR1441.8981:56.77920
1831Milovan VESNIĆASK VesnićAudi RS3 LMS TCR1445.9841:56.92422
1977Anett GYÖRGYZengő MotorsportSEAT León TCR DSG141:10.4871:58.70621
2078Csaba TÓTHZengő MotorsportSEAT León TCR DSG141:27.9551:59.46723
R6Frédéric VERVISCHComtoyou RacingAudi RS3 LMS TCR7DNF1:56.33525
R62Dušan BORKOVIĆGE-ForceAlfa Romeo Giulietta TCR7DNF1:55.60616
R3Rob HUFFLeopard Racing Team WRTVolkswagen Golf GTi TCR2DNF1:57.6696
R34Stian PAULSENStian Paulsen RacingSEAT León TCR2DNFN/A7
R18Duncan ENDEIcarus MotorsportsSEAT León TCR0DNFN/A18