Stefano Comini was elated with a brace of third place finishes at Salzburgring as he took the lead of the TCR International Series.
Comini, who battled through on both occasions to claim the final place on the rostrum, now holds a three-point advantage heading to the Hungaroring at the start of July.
The defending champion paid tribute to the safety standards of the TCR machines amid a weekend of changeable circuit conditions.
“This was not a bad weekend for me at all,” explained Comini.
“It’s like a game of roulette here in Salzburgring, because every session it’s different.
“You need to have big respect for Turn 9 because a lot of drivers crashed there.
“It’s amazing what TCR has done with the cars because they were scary crashes but here is ‘Attilino’ finishing second after a big crash. It’s good to know that we are working with safe cars.”
Comini also revealed his Audi RS3 battled through the second race with a slow puncture, and underlined the need to take risks at Salzburgring in order to make any headway.
“I don’t actually remember much about the races, only that some overtaking moves were good and that I had a puncture!
“If you want to overtake here, you have to take risks so you can defend quite easily.”
The Swiss driver paid tribute to Comtoyou Racing as they lead the standings half a season into their TCR International Series career.
“After only two and a half months, we are leading the championship with a new team, a new car and a last-minute project.”