Attila Tassi happy with fourth after race two damage caused overheating engine

Attila Tassi happy with fourth after race two damage caused overheating engine

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Home racer Attila Tassi was pleased to finish race two of TCR Europe at the Hungaroring in fourth, after he struggled with an overheating engine following contact on the opening lap.

Tassi, who was running strongly in the opening race of the weekend until his race was ended by contact with Julien Briché, was unlucky again in the second race.

He told TouringCars.Net that after sustaining damage to his front bumper early in the race, he was forced to manage an overheating engine which caused a lack of power.

“At the start I got hit by [Mikel] Azcona, I hit Josh and I damaged my front bumper and my engine didn’t get enough air,” said Tassi. “So from four laps after the start I was struggling with the power – I didn’t have enough power to overtake.

“It wasn’t just letting Josh past, I was letting him past because I knew that I didn’t have the power. He just went straight past. So from then I knew there was big trouble for me so I just let him past to try to make up as much positions as he can.

“I was trying to get some fresh air into the engine but until the end I kept having to press the reset button because I was getting the alarm every time. So it could have been again a strong podium – I think P2 at least but it was an unlucky weekend for me – hopefully the next one will be much better.”

With both drivers looking out of contention for the drivers championship, Tassi says the focus for him and teammate Josh Files is to bring home points to attempt to win the team’s title for the Hell Energy Racing Team with KCMG.

“After yesterday’s race we are just thinking of the championship in terms of trying to race as best we can,” he said.

“Because the championship is almost gone for both of us. If some wonder might happen in the next weekends with the frontrunners then maybe but today I had some unlucky moments.

“We decided with Josh to race for the team because our championship is almost run. We just want to race as much as we can and score as much points as we can for the team to at least win the Team’s championship.”