Diego Moran keeps title fight alive with race two win

Diego Moran keeps title fight alive with race two win

Diego Moran
Photo: TCR Asia

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.

Race result

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
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