Julien Briché masters changeable conditions for race two win

Julien Briché masters changeable conditions for race two win

Julien Briché
Photo: TCR Media

Julien Briché mastered tricky conditions in the second TCR Europe race at the Hungaroring, taking his Peugeot to victory ahead of the Audi of Gilles Magnus and Hyundai of Dániel Nagy.

At the start, reverse-grid pole-sitter Santiago Urrutia lost out to fellow front-row start Dušan Borković, with the Target Competition driver slipping up the inside.

However, Borković then lost out to fellow Hyundai driver Nagy at Turn 2, whilst Briché also briefly got past the Serbian driver who was fighting to control his carry in the drizzly conditions, before slipping back to fourth.

Nagy then led the first seven laps of the race, three of which were spent behind the safety car due to accidents for both TCR Eastern Europe driver Jáchym Galáš on the start line and John Filippi at Turn 3.

The race resumed on lap four and Nagy got off to a strong restart, but by lap eight he had Briché applying pressure, the Frenchman having dispatched Urrutia on lap five and Borković on lap seven.

Briché blasted around the outside of Nagy for the lead at Turn 11 on lap eight and the JSB Compétition driver never looked back, easing to a comfortable win as he mastered the changing conditions.

Comtoyou Racing’s Magnus was second after having nudging past Borković on lap eight, followed by Nagy on lap nine. Nagy completed the podium on home soil to the delight of the local fans, whilst Borković was fourth after fighting with his car sliding in the conditions throughout the race.

M Racing’s Nelson Panciatici was fifth, ahead of Urrutia in sixth, the duo being two of the only drivers not to swap positions in the second half of the race after Panciatici passed the Uruguayan on lap seven.

Boutsen Ginion Racing’s Stéphane Lémeret was seventh, having started 19th, whilst an impressive eighth was Target Competition’s Josh Files, who had started the race from the pitlane.

Files was as low as 31st by the end of the opening lap, but the Brit posted a fastest lap of the race which was over two seconds faster than most of the top ten as he fought back with a strong drive.

WRT’s Maxime Potty was ninth in his Volkswagen, whilst PCR Sport’s Davit Kajaia completed the top ten in his CUPRA.

Race one winner Mat’o Homola was 11th after slipping down the order in the mid-stages of the race, ahead of M1RA’s Luca Engstler in 12th, the German staging a remarkable recovery drive from 37th on the grid. The German had started the race in a repaired Hyundai after his qualifying crash on Saturday which came about due to the wheel nuts on his car coming loose.

The Peugeot of Teddy Clairet was 13th, ahead of Hyundai siblings Andreas and Jessica Bäckman in 14th and 15th respectively in their Target Competition cars.

Notable retirements included BRC Racing’s Luca Filippi, who crashed into the tyre barrier at Turn 1 on lap eight, and Wolf-Power Racing’s Alex Morgan, who crashed his Renault into the Turn 12 barriers after apparent contact from Abdulla Ali Al-Khelaifi.

The result means that the top six drivers in the series are covered by just five points, with Panciatici and Magnus topping the table on 57 points, followed by Nagy, Borković and Homola all on 54 points. Files has 52 points, whilst Briché is on 40 points in seventh after being disqualified from fourth in race one.

Race result

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 24 Julien BRICHÉ JSB Compétition Peugeot 308 TCR 11 11 LAPS 2:02.418 5
2 16 Gilles MAGNUS Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 11 1.634 2:03.107 6
3 99 Dániel NAGY M1RA Motorsport Hyundai i30 N TCR 11 5.822 2:01.712 3
4 62 Dušan BORKOVIĆ Target Competition Hyundai i30 N TCR 11 7.167 2:02.211 2
5 12 Nelson PANCIATICI M Racing Hyundai i30 N TCR 11 7.583 2:02.597 8
6 55 Santiago URRUTIA Team WRT Audi RS3 LMS TCR 11 7.895 2:03.741 1
7 2 Stéphane LEMERET Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR 11 8.278 2:00.399 19
8 9 Josh FILES Target Competition Hyundai i30 N TCR 11 8.375 1:57.337 7
9 88 Maxime POTTY Team WRT Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 11 9.543 2:01.897 13
10 3 Davit KAJAIA PCR Sport with Georgia CUPRA TCR 11 10.517 1:59.895 22
11 70 Mat’o HOMOLA Target Competition Hyundai i30 N TCR 11 10.691 2:03.177 10
12 8 Luca ENGSTLER M1RA Motorsport Hyundai i30 N TCR 11 10.976 1:58.003 37
13 111 Teddy CLAIRET Team Clairet Sport Peugeot 308 TCR 11 11.177 2:01.792 15
14 19 Andreas BÄCKMAN Target Competition Hyundai i30 N TCR 11 12.128 2:01.143 9
15 26 Jessica BÄCKMAN Target Competition Hyundai i30 N TCR 11 14.975 2:03.433 4
16 46 Olli KANGAS WestCoast Racing Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 11 18.649 2:01.020 21
17 331 Milovan VESNIĆ ASK Vesnić CUPRA TCR 11 23.679 1:59.375 24
18 81 Stéphane VENTAJA Team Clairet Sport Peugeot 308 TCR 11 34.932 2:01.515 28
19 96 Abdulla Ali AL-KHELAIFI QMMF Racing by PCR Sport CUPRA TCR 11 48.490 1:59.494 26
20 377 Jakub WYSZOMIRSKY ASK Vesnić Honda Civic Type R FK2 TCR 11 1:00.831 2:02.886 29
21 376 Petr ČíŽEK Fullinrace Academy CUPRA TCR 11 1:15.336 2:05.480 32
22 374 Žarko KNEGO Auto Klub Dubrovnik Racing CUPRA TCR 11 1:33.192 2:06.294 36
23 322 Carol WITTKE Fullinrace Academy CUPRA TCR 11 2:11.232 2:06.054 33
24 10 Viktor DAVIDOVSKY PSS Racing Team Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR 10 + 1 LAP 2:02.078 25
25 21 Marie BAUS-COPPENS JSB Compétition CUPRA TCR 10 + 1 LAP 1:59.400 31
R 25 Natan BIHEL M Racing Hyundai i30 N TCR 9 DNF 2:00.411 11
R 112 Jimmy CLAIRET Team Clairet Sport Peugeot 308 TCR 9 DNF 2:03.743 17
R 44 Lilou WADOUX JSB Compétition Peugeot 308 TCR 9 DNF 2:00.038 27
R 17 Martin RYBA Brutal Fish Racing Team Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR 9 DNF 2:00.114 20
R 5 Alex MORGAN Wolf-Power Racing Renault Mégane RS TCR 8 DNF 1:59.498 23
R 307 Maciej ŁASKIEWICZ RTM Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 8 DNF 2:06.815 35
R 30 Luca FILIPPI BRC Racing Team Hyundai i30 N TCR 7 DNF 2:01.138 18
R 7 Aurélien COMTE DG Sport Compétition Peugeot 308 TCR 7 DNF 2:02.766 14
R 45 Gianni MORBIDELLI WestCoast Racing Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 6 DNF 2:00.400 16
R 332 Rudi PEŠOVIĆ GM Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 1 DNF N/A 34
R 27 John FILIPPI Vuković Motorsport Renault Mégane RS TCR 0 DNF N/A 12
R 324 Jáchym GALÁŠ GT2 Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 0 DNF N/A 30