Julien Briché receives time penalty, Bäckman inherits win

Julien Briché receives time penalty, Bäckman inherits win

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Julien Briché has been handed a five-second time penalty for an outside of position start, dropping him to second in the final result of the opening TCR Europe race at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

That means Andreas Bäckman inherits a first ever win in the category for Target Competition, with Santiago Urrutia still third behind Briché despite a time penalty of his own.

It also boosts Josh Files’ championship lead up from 49 points to 54 heading into the final race in Spain tomorrow [22nd September].

Briché gained the lead after splitting the Hyundai’s on the run down to Turn 1 and passing Bäckman on the inside of the sweeping right-hander.

He then confidently managed the gap to Files behind – 1.3 seconds at the flag before the Brit’s 30-second penalty in lieu of a drive-through for an out of position start – as well as a safety car restart to mark up his then-fourth win of the campaign.

The Frenchman also starts ahead of his chief title rival Files for tomorrow’s reverse-grid contest at 12:30 CEST, giving him another opportunity to thin the advantage heading to the season finale at Monza next month.

Revised race result

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 19 Andreas BÄCKMAN Target Competition Hyundai i30 N TCR 11 25:57.154 1:56.207 1
2 24 Julien BRICHÉ JSB Compétition Peugeot 308 TCR 11 3.105 1:55.901 3
3 55 Santiago URRUTIA Team WRT Audi RS3 LMS TCR 11 5.813 1:56.196 4
4 100 Jack YOUNG Vuković Motorsport Renault Mégane RS TCR 11 6.507 1:56.761 8
5 12 Nelson PANCIATICI M Racing Hyundai i30 N TCR 11 8.005 1:57.071 13
6 50 Tom CORONEL Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR 11 9.442 1:56.729 7
7 58 Dominik BAUMANN Target Competition Hyundai i30 N TCR 11 9.920 1:57.161 11
8 123 Daniel LLOYD Brutal Fish Racing Team Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR 11 10.246 1:57.030 10
9 226 Francisco MORA Veloso Motorsport CUPRA TCR 11 12.271 1:57.365 17
10 45 Gianni MORBIDELLI WestCoast Racing Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 11 12.641 1:57.030 19
11 23 Tamás TENKE Zengő Motorsport CUPRA TCR 11 16.820 1:56.658 23
12 25 Natan BIHEL M Racing Hyundai i30 N TCR 11 18.514 1:57.098 20
13 70 Mat’o HOMOLA Target Competition Hyundai i30 N TCR 11 18.778 1:56.914
14 88 Maxime POTTY Team WRT Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 11 19.668 1:57.083 15
15 67 Zsolt Dávid SZABÓ M1RA Motorsport Hyundai i30 N TCR 11 19.735 1:57.261 34
16 26 Jessica BÄCKMAN Target Competition Hyundai i30 N TCR 11 20.921 1:57.521 16
17 204 Robin VAKS ALM Honda Racing Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR 11 27.377 1:58.696 26
18 17 Martin RYBA Brutal Fish Racing Team Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR 11 27.894 1:58.944 28
19 7 Aurélien COMTE DG Sport Compétition Peugeot 308 TCR 11 28.947 1:58.167 35
20 111 Teddy CLAIRET Team Clairet Sport Peugeot 308 TCR 11 29.195 1:56.644 6
21 9 Josh FILES Target Competition Hyundai i30 N TCR 11 29.406 1:56.243 2
22 10 Viktor DAVIDOVSKY PSS Racing Team Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR 11 34.165 1:57.826 24
23 223 Mattias VAHTEL ALM Honda Racing Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR 11 39.855 1:59.666 25
24 112 Jimmy CLAIRET Team Clairet Sport Peugeot 308 TCR 11 40.177 1:57.345 5
25 224 Gustavo MOURA Team Novadriver Audi RS3 LMS TCR 11 44.206 2:00.230 31
26 5 Alex MORGAN Wolf-Power Racing CUPRA TCR 11 46.347 1:57.797 14
27 27 John FILIPPI PCR Sport CUPRA TCR 10 + 1 LAP 1:56.765 21
28 30 Luca FILIPPI BRC Racing Team Hyundai i30 N TCR 10 + 1 LAP 1:56.774 18
R 66 Gilles COLOMBANI Team Clairet Sport Peugeot 308 TCR 7 DNF 1:58.785 30
R 8 Luca ENGSTLER M1RA Motorsport Hyundai i30 N TCR 6 DNF 1:57.327 12
R 16 Gilles MAGNUS Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 4 DNF 2:13.123 9
R 21 Marie BAUS-COPPENS JSB Compétition CUPRA TCR 0 DNF N/A 22
R 216 Evgeni LEONOV Tecnicars Racing Team CUPRA TCR 0 DNF N/A 27
R 96 Abdulla Ali AL-KHELAIFI QMMF Racing by PCR Sport CUPRA TCR 0 DNF N/A 32
R 46 Olli KANGAS WestCoast Racing Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 0 DNF N/A 33