Race one winner Gilles Magnus criticises driving standards in second Spa contest

Race one winner Gilles Magnus criticises driving standards in second Spa contest

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Comtoyou Racing’s Gilles Magnus said there was “way too many incidents” in the second race of TCR Europe at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, with multiple drivers making contact in the closing stages.

Magnus, who fended off pressure from Santiago Urrutia to convert pole position into victory in race one yesterday, struggled to progress from tenth on the grid in the following contest.

In the final laps he was then hit from behind by fellow Audi runner Urrutia, damaging the right-rear corner of his Audi and forcing him to retire.

He told TouringCars.Net that the closing laps were “not racing anymore,” and that he hopes to see certain drivers penalised for their actions.

“There were way too many incidents, this is not racing anymore,” said Magnus.

“Something should happen and I really hope there’s going to be a few penalties because I think it went too far this time.

“I know it’s TCR and contact is normal in this class but not as much as now, it’s too much, they have to do something.”

Having hoped to follow up on his race one victory with a top five, Magnus described his disappointment at the driving standards of some “stupid drivers,” but admitted he had a good weekend overall.

“It destroyed my race and I got no points which is really bad for the championship,” he said.

“But let’s think about yesterday, we won the race and we had pole, so it was still a good weekend although we didn’t take any points now.

“I’m not going to say names but there’s some stupid things happen with some stupid drivers in this championship, who will always stay stupid and always be stupid.

“But you cannot do anything, sometimes shit happens. We go onto the next one.”

After scoring maximum points yesterday and describing the weekend as a potential “turning point,” Magnus leaves the Spa round second in the championship standings, behind three-time race two winner Julien Briché.

“In the whole of the weekend we scored 45 points which is really good,” Magnus said.

“Although this race was shit we’re still happy about the weekend overall.”