Robert Colciago wins as Stefano Comini establishes narrow championship lead

Robert Colciago wins as Stefano Comini establishes narrow championship lead

Roberto Colciago
Photo: TCR Media
Photo: TCR Media

Roberto Colciago defied maximum success ballast to claim his third victory of the season in the second TCR International Series race at Salzburgring.

A non-start for Jean-Karl Vernay after damage in race one, coupled with Stefano Comini’s third-place finish behind the impressive Attila Tassi ensures Comini will take a three-point championship lead to the Hungaroring.

Thomas Jager completed a stirring drive to claim fourth, with front-row start Gianni Morbidelli demoted to fifth.

The Craft-Bamboo pairing of James Nash and rookie Daniel Lloyd came next in sixth and seventh, though Lloyd remains under investigation by officials for potentially overtaking under yellow flag conditions.

Giacomo Altoe, Jens Reno Moller and Race 1 pole-sitter Mat’o Homola completed the top ten.

Colciago, as expected, made a blistering get-away, leaving Morbidelli to dispute second with Nash’s SEAT into the chicane at Turn 1.

The Brit lost out in the scrap, releasing Tassi to claim second at the long sweeping right-hander of Turn 9 a lap later.

The Italian veteran would force the matter with a boisterous move back to the inside of Tassi, but was ultimately forced to settle for third at that stage.

The net result of those squabbles was a 2.5 second lead for Colciago at the front, with Comini able to close on the leading three amid the dicing.

Comini was next to relegate Morbidelli, with Pepe Oriola opportunistically seizing on the manouevre to slide up the inside into fourth.

Disaster struck Race 1 winner Dusan Borkovic as he spun into the gravel at half-distance.

A puncture for Oriola heading through the fast right-hander at Turn 9 would then similarly pitch him around into the gravel, forcing the safety car back out on circuit.

Colciago made a clean restart following the stoppage and from there extended his advantage to 1.2 seconds at the chequered flag.

The series heads next to the Hungaroring on 1-2 July.

Race result

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 5 Roberto COLCIAGO M1RA Honda Civic Type-R TCR 17 27:50.474 1:27.084 1
2 9 Attila TASSI M1RA Honda Civic Type-R TCR 17 1.267 1:27.160 6
3 1 Stefano COMINI Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 17 1.503 1:27.142 3
4 35 Thomas JÄGER Team Kissling Motorsport Opel Astra TCR 17 1.945 1:26.583 5
5 10 Gianni MORBIDELLI West Coast Racing Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 17 2.453 1:26.882 2
6 54 James NASH Lukoil Craft-Bamboo Racing SEAT León TCR 17 2.815 1:26.999 4
7 17 Daniel LLOYD Lukoil Craft-Bamboo Racing SEAT León TCR 17 6.777 1:27.561 10
8 21 Giacomo ALTOÈ West Coast Racing Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 17 7.436 1:27.698 16
9 11 Jens Reno MØLLER Reno Racing Honda Civic Type-R TCR 17 8.337 1:27.886 13
10 70 Mat’o HOMOLA DG Sport Compétition Opel Astra TCR 17 9.431 1:27.674 9
11 16 Davit KAJAIA GE-Force Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR 16 1 Lap 1:27.107 12
12 36 Enrico BETTERA Pit Lane Competizioni Audi RS3 LMS TCR 16 1 Lap 1:27.925 18
R 6 Frédéric VERVISCH Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 12 DNF 1:27.546 11
R 66 Grégoire DEMOUSTIER DG Sport Compétition Opel Astra TCR 11 DNF 1:27.496 15
R 74 Pepe ORIOLA Lukoil Craft-Bamboo Racing SEAT León TCR 10 DNF 1:26.692 7
R 18 Duncan ENDE Icarus Motorsports SEAT León TCR 9 DNF 1:27.818 17
R 62 Dušan BORKOVIĆ GE-Force Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR 5 DNF 1:27.843 8
R 34 Stian PAULSEN Stian Paulsen Racing SEAT León TCR 4 DNF 1:41.648 14
NS 31 Milovan VESNIĆ ASK Vesnić Audi RS3 LMS TCR DNS N/A
NS 3 Rob HUFF Leopard Racing Team WRT Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR DNS N/A
NS 2 Jean-Karl VERNAY Leopard Racing Team WRT Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR DNS N/A
NS 32 Luigi FERRARA Top Run Motorsport Subaru WRX STi TCR DNS N/A