Mikel Azcona made the most of slippery conditions to drive through the field to take his second win of the weekend in the TCR Europe series at Spa-Francorchamps.
Azcona, who incredibly repeated his performance at the circuit from 12 months ago after starting race two down in seventh, took the win after pulling away from Teddy Clairet in the second half of the race.
The result means the Spainard has now remarkably won three of the six races he has competed in within the championship this season and he therefore extends his championship lead as a result when drop scores are taken into account.
Race two started under the safety car after rainfall hit the Belgian circuit just moments before the race was set to get underway, with drivers therefore being forced to make a tricky tyre choice.
Many of the leading contenders at the front of the grid – including both Azcona and Clairet – elected to have a split tyre choice featuring slicks on the front and wets on the rear, with the track being both wet and dry at different parts of the circuit.
With Azcona out in front and simply too fast for anyone to catch, another man to benefit from the weather conditions was Janik Motorsport’s Mat’o Homola, after electing to use a full slick combination on the ever-changing circuit.
Homola, who had yesterday been set to fight for a strong performance before he was given a drive through penalty due to completing two laps in the build up to Friday’s race, ended the second race of the weekend in second place.
The Slovakian driver started race two in eighth but the second half of the race saw him move through the pack ahead and he managed to catch Clairet on the final lap and overtook at the Campus chicane as his slick tyres became more optimised for the drying track.
The opening laps saw pole sitter Klim Gavrilov head for the pitlane after deciding to start the race on full wets, but it soon proved to be the wrong decision.
He only lasted one lap after the safety car returned to the pitlane and he was forced to head to the pits and out of contention for a strong result as he decided to move to full slicks.
Fourth in race two went to Brutal Fish Racing’s Isidro Callejas who held off the Sebastien Loeb Racing duo of Niels Langeveld and Sami Taoufik in race two.
Franco Girolami and Nicolas Baert had an entertaining battle in the second half of the race for seventh, with the Argentinian managing to hold off the ComToYou Racing man despite the Belgian trying a move up the inside at the Les Combes chicane on several occasions.
The top 10 in race two was completed by reigning champion Mehdi Bennani and another of the ComToYou Racing drivers Tom Coronel.
Jimmy Clairet took 11th ahead of the recovering Gavrilov, while Jack Young – who had pitted to change to slicks under the safety car in a bid to try and force his way through the field – could only manage 13th in race two.
The next round of the 2021 TCR Europe championship is set to take place at the Nürburgring between September 3-5.
|1||96||Mikel AZCONA||Volcano Motorsport||CUPRA Leon Competición TCR||10||28:36.154||2:35.765||7|
|2||70||Mat’o HOMOLA||Janík Motorsport||Hyundai i30 N TCR||10||1.812||2:34.526||8|
|3||20||Teddy CLAIRET||Team Clairet Sport||Peugeot 308 TCR||10||2.412||2:36.694||3|
|4||26||Isidro CALLEJAS||Brutal Fish Racing Team||Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR||10||12.186||2:37.416||2|
|5||10||Niels LANGEVELD||Sébastien Loeb Racing||Hyundai Elantra N TCR||10||12.693||2:36.960||12|
|6||25||Sami TAOUFIK||Sébastien Loeb Racing||Hyundai Elantra N TCR||10||17.178||2:37.577||6|
|7||72||Franco GIROLAMI||PSS Racing Team||Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR||10||21.817||2:38.947||4|
|8||8||Nicolas BAERT||Comtoyou Racing||Audi RS3 LMS TCR||10||22.348||2:37.735||5|
|9||250||Mehdi BENNANI||Sébastien Loeb Racing||Hyundai Elantra N TCR||10||22.778||2:38.971||9|
|10||32||Tom CORONEL||Comtoyou Racing||Audi RS3 LMS TCR||10||26.019||2:38.103||11|
|11||21||Jimmy CLAIRET||Team Clairet Sport||Peugeot 308 TCR||10||48.206||2:34.883||15|
|12||14||Klim GAVRILOV||VRC-Team||Audi RS3 LMS TCR||10||1:01.152||2:33.318||1|
|13||62||Jack YOUNG||Brutal Fish Racing Team||Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR||10||1:19.441||2:37.750||19|
|14||162||Dušan BORKOVIĆ||Comtoyou Racing||Audi RS3 LMS TCR||10||1:22.508||2:44.476||16|
|15||17||Martin RYBA||Brutal Fish Racing Team||Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR||10||2:29.812||2:42.036||14|
|16||24||Jáchym GALÁŠ||Janík Motorsport||Hyundai i30 N TCR||10||2:32.663||2:35.867||17|
|17||66||Gilles COLOMBANI||Team Clairet Sport||CUPRA TCR||10||2:55.165||2:55.642||18|
|R||44||Felice JELMINI||Sébastien Loeb Racing||Hyundai Elantra N TCR||2||DNF||3:23.989||10|
|R||16||Evgenii LEONOV||Volcano Motorsport||CUPRA Leon Competición TCR||2||DNF||3:38.983||13|
|NS||77||Sylvain PUSSIER||Team Clairet Sport||CUPRA TCR||–||DNS||N/A||–|