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‘Unhappy’ Mat’o Homola hopes to be more competitive on ‘standard circuits’

An unhappy Mat’o Homola hopes he can be more competitive on ‘standard circuits’ after the DG Sport Compétition driver struggled to another trio of points-less races in the FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) in Germany.

Homola was twice 14th in the first two races of the weekend, before finishing race three in 16th position after picking up a post-race five-second penalty for contact with Gordon Shedden.

The Peugeot 308 driver lamented the lack of speed which his car has, saying that the car was not truly competitive on the high-speed Nürburgring Nordschleife.

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“I gave it my best,” said Homola of his weekend. “I had several supercritical moments when my car was going sideways in high-speed corners at speeds of around 220 kph.

“Then later, on the straights, I was easily overtaken by several cars … It felt like they drove cars from a different category. It was so frustrating! There was nothing I could do.

“I would push on the limit all the time, risk in the high-speed corners, but then the straights come and suddenly I’d lose everything I gained.

“I knew I was in no way in a position to compete on the straights and therefore I pushed it over the limits in few places. I needed to keep [James] Thompson behind me, who was slower in technical parts, but came much closer on the straights.”

Homola leaves the Nürburgring not happy with his performances and is hoping to score stronger results at ‘standard circuits’ starting with Zandvoort in The Netherlands next weekend.

“We have several issues and to be frankly honest I am not really happy to be so far back in the grid and race.

“However, given the circumstances, I am grateful for the result, which shows, how hard I fought, often over the limits of the car. I do hope, that we can be more competitive on standard circuits.”

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