Liqui Moly Team Engstler’s Diego Moran claimed his second win of the TCR Asia season in race two at Zhejiang, held with TCR China, as Pepe Oriola and Luca Engstler completed the podium.
Moran started from fifth on the reversed grid, and the Ecuadorian was quick to move up the order, putting his Hyundai in third by the first corner as Daniel Miranda led the field through the opening sequence of turns.
The lead then opened up to Moran as front-row starters Miranda and Martin Xie tangled at Turn 6, allowing the Hyundai driver to start building a lead as Pepe Oriola also tried to follow through into second.
Oriola made it briefly into second by the end of the opening tour, but as the Spaniard ran wide at the final corner Miranda was able to re-take second for a few corners, until Oriola re-passed at Turn 4.
Xie, meanwhile, dropped down the order after picking up damage on the right-rear wheel of his Honda.
Points leader Luca Engstler failed to make the rapid progress he has become accustomed to on the opening lap, but the German was nonetheless up to third by lap three, at which point the status quo settled down.
Moran eventually won by more than ten seconds ahead of Oriola and Engstler, keeping the title battle alive as he leaves Zhejiang on 153 points, with Engstler at the top of the standings on 183 points.
Terry Huang won the TCR China class and was fourth overall, the Team NewFaster driver having settled into the position after the first three laps.
Miranda had been set to finish in fifth on the road, but the Philippines racer was shown a black flag for not serving a drive-through penalty he had received for the earlier contact with Xie.
That gave Volkswagen Team Oettinger’s Adam Khalid fifth, ahead of Dongfeng’s Dan Lloyd in sixth, the Brit taking second in class in TCR China.
Of note, Zhang Zhen Dong brought the new MG6 home in tenth overall, which was also third in the TCR China class, giving the brand new car a series podium in its first-ever event.
There were no retirements in the race, as all drivers managed to make it to the finish for the first time in TCR Asia.
The season finale takes place on the streets of Bangsaen in Thailand on 30 August – 1 September.
|1||23||Diego MORAN||Liqui Moly Team Engstler||Hyundai i30 N TCR||17||27:09.520||1:35.108||5|
|2||74||Pepe ORIOLA||Solite Indigo Racing||Hyundai i30 N TCR||17||10.138||1:35.294||8|
|3||1||Luca ENGSTLER||Liqui Moly Team Engstler||Hyundai i30 N TCR||17||15.573||1:34.773||10|
|4||81||Terry HUANG Chu Han||Liqui Moly Team NewFaster||Audi RS3 LMS TCR||17||15.863||1:34.992||7|
|5||4||Adam KHALID||Volkswagen Team Oettinger||Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR||17||18.476||1:35.604||3|
|6||77||Daniel LLOYD||Dongfeng Honda MacPro Racing Team||Honda Civic Type-R FK7 TCR||17||22.217||1:35.489||9|
|7||30||GAO Hua Yang||Eurasia Motorsport||Hyundai i30 N TCR||17||28.495||1:36.639||15|
|8||97||KIM Jin Soo||Solite Indigo Racing||Hyundai i30 N TCR||17||28.670||1:36.298||6|
|9||88||Kelvin WONG Kiang Kuan||Elegant Racing Team||CUPRA TCR||17||34.792||1:36.021||14|
|10||18||ZHANG Zhen Dong||MG XPower||MG 6 TCR||17||36.538||1:36.330||11|
|11||88||Kenneth LOOK||Liqui Moly Team NewFaster||Audi RS3 LMS TCR||17||37.219||1:36.035||4|
|12||3||Roland HERTNER||Volkswagen Team Oettinger||Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR||17||43.098||1:36.373||13|
|13||9||Rodolfo ÁVILA||MG XPower||MG 6 TCR||17||50.013||1:37.044||12|
|14||12||ZOU Si Rui||Dongfeng Honda MacPro Racing Team||Honda Civic Type-R FK7 TCR||17||56.042||1:37.300||16|
|15||65||Douglas KHOO Kok Hui||Viper Niza Racing||CUPRA TCR||16||+ 1 LAP||1:40.474||17|
|16||55||Martin XIE Xin Zhe||Dongfeng Honda MacPro Racing Team||Honda Civic Type-R FK7 TCR||16||+ 1 LAP||1:36.953||2|
|17||48||James WONG||Champ T.A. Motorsport||Audi RS3 LMS TCR||15||+ 2 LAPS||1:38.131||18|
|DQ||20||Daniel MIRANDA||Eurasia Motorsport||Hyundai i30 N TCR||16||+ 1 LAP||1:35.642||1|