Jimmy Clairet takes maiden TCR Europe win in Paul Ricard race two

Jimmy Clairet repeated his brother’s performance from yesterday and took his first TCR Europe win in the second race at Circuit Paul Ricard in France.

Clairet, who had started race two in France from fourth on the grid, found himself taking advantage of Mikel Azcona ahead running deep into the chicane at turn one, with the French driver managing to claim the lead coming out of turn two as a result.

Azcona, who had tried a move up the inside of several cars at the first corner, did manage to move up from third on the grid into second on the opening lap, although he couldn’t match the pace of Clairet ahead.

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The pair comfortably pulled away from the chasing pack throughout the 10-lap race on Sunday, with the championship leader finishing ahead of third placed Sami Taoufik in the leading Sebastien Loeb Racing Hyundai Elantra N.

Taoufik, who had started down in sixth, made an outstanding move at turn 10 on lap four that saw him overtake three cars around the outside including SLR teammates Mehdi Bennani and Felice Jemlmini as well as Franco Girolami in the PSS Racing Team Honda.

The Moroccan also claimed his first podium of the season after contact ahead between the Brutal Fish Racing Honda of Jack Young and the Hyundai of Niels Langeveld that saw both drivers being forced to retire from the race.

The two drivers had earlier got past race two pole sitter Viktor Davidovski at turn one on lap three, but the pair would collide while battling for what was third with Young suffering a left front puncture and he was forced to pull off the track.

Langeveld was seemingly able to continue despite the contact, however he dived for the pitlane at the end of lap five with damage.

This had promoted Davidovski back into third, however he lost out to Taoufik on the penultimate lap and he would end the race fourth.

Davidovksi’s teammate Franco Girolami – who had also collided with Jack Young earlier in the race – finished race two of the weekend in fifth, with reigning champion Mehdi Bennani getting the better of teammate Jelmini for sixth.

Eighth in race two was the ComToYou Racing Audi of Tom Coronel, with him and Mat’o Homola both leapfrogging Isidro Callejas on the last lap in France.

More drama took place on the last lap as three drivers – Klim Gavrilov, Dušan Borković and Evgenii Leonov – went side by side into the final corner of the race. Gavrilov was the first over the line in 11th ahead of the Serbian who was then followed by the CUPRA driver.

The top 15 were completed by Nicolas Baert and Sylvian Pussier, while Teddy Clairet – race one winner yesterday – retired on the opening lap of the race after struggling to move off the start line.

Race results

POS NO CL NAT DRIVER ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP GD
1 21 Jimmy CLAIRET Team Clairet Sport Peugeot 308 TCR 10 10 LAPS 2:14.166 4
2 96 Mikel AZCONA Volcano Motorsport CUPRA Leon Competición TCR 10 1.142 2:14.249 3
3 25 Sami TAOUFIK Sébastien Loeb Racing Hyundai Elantra N TCR 10 9.359 2:14.503 7
4 110 Viktor DAVIDOVSKI PSS Racing Team Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 10 10.044 2:14.704 1
5 72 Franco GIROLAMI PSS Racing Team Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 10 11.250 2:14.393 2
6 250 Mehdi BENNANI Sébastien Loeb Racing Hyundai Elantra N TCR 10 11.683 2:14.394 9
7 44 Felice JELMINI Sébastien Loeb Racing Hyundai Elantra N TCR 10 13.933 2:14.765 8
8 32 Tom CORONEL Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 10 22.818 2:15.504 13
9 70 Mat’o HOMOLA Janík Motorsport Hyundai i30 N TCR 10 23.208 2:15.585 16
10 26 Isidro CALLEJAS Brutal Fish Racing Team Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 10 24.432 2:15.741 11
11 14 Klim GAVRILOV VRC-Team Audi RS3 LMS TCR 10 24.620 2:14.921 21
12 162 Dušan BORKOVIĆ Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 10 24.662 2:14.999 19
13 16 Evgenii LEONOV Volcano Motorsport CUPRA Leon Competición TCR 10 24.859 2:15.876 12
14 8 Nicolas BAERT Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 10 25.087 2:15.945 15
15 77 Sylvain PUSSIER Team Clairet Sport CUPRA TCR 10 28.985 2:15.712 14
16 17 Martin RYBA Brutal Fish Racing Team Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 10 33.161 2:16.278 18
17 66 Gilles COLOMBANI Team Clairet Sport CUPRA TCR 10 33.575 2:16.391 20
R 10 Niels LANGEVELD Sébastien Loeb Racing Hyundai Elantra N TCR 6 DNF 2:13.890 6
R 62 Jack YOUNG Brutal Fish Racing Team Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 5 DNF 2:13.760 5
R 24 Jáchym GALÁŠ Janík Motorsport Hyundai i30 N TCR 3 DNF 2:21.133 17
R 20 Teddy CLAIRET Team Clairet Sport Peugeot 308 TCR 1 DNF N/A 10
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