Mikel Azcona doubles up with Nürburgring race two win in TCR Europe

Mikel Azcona further extended his championship lead in the TCR Europe series with another victory in race two at the Nürburgring.

The Volcano Motorsport CUPRA driver had started the race on the third row of the grid, but found himself in second by the exit of the first corner after making yet another fine start and driving round the outside of several of the drivers ahead.

He also benefited from slow starts from both front row man Viktor Davidovski and Klim Gavrilov that enabled him to move quickly up the field, and by the end of lap two he’d also caught up to early race leader Jack Young.

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A few moments later he dived up the inside of the British driver at Turn 13 to take the lead and the Spaniard pulled away from the rest of the field throughout the rest of the race.

Young, who had started from pole, also soon lost out to Franco Girolami at Turn One on lap four and by the later of the stages found himself in a close battle for the final podium position.

The Brutal Fish Racing driver led five drivers who were all fighting for the position, including Teddy Clairet and podium finisher on Saturday Niels Langeveld, with a controversial incident taking place on the last lap.

Despite struggling with pace during the final laps of the race, Young was seemingly on course to hold on for third despite pressure from the drivers behind, however Clairet made a dive up the inside of the Brit at turn three.

The pair made contact, with Young being forced sideways and Clairet moved into a controversial third on the road as a result, but the stewards decided post-race to swap the positions and Young was given third place as a result.

With Clairet being demoted to fourth after his collision with Young, fifth in race two went to Langeveld, with Jáchym Galáš ending the race sixth in his Janik Motorsport Hyundai.

Klim Gavrilov took seventh, with that train of drivers all finishing comfortably ahead of ComToYou Racing pair Nicolas Baert and Dusan Borkovic.

Race one pole sitter Isidro Callejas could only manage a tenth place finish in race two in another of the Brutal Fish Racing Honda’s, with Jimmy Clairet, Sami Taoufik, Viktor Davidovski, reigning champion Mehdi Bennani, and Martin Ryba also finishing in the points scoring positions in Germany.

The next rounds of the 2021 TCR Europe season are set to take place at Monza in three weekends time.

Race results

POS NO CL NAT DRIVER ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 96 Mikel AZCONA Volcano Motorsport CUPRA Leon Competición TCR 11 11 LAPS 2:07.962 6
2 72 Franco GIROLAMI PSS Racing Team Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 11 3.618 2:08.228 9
3 62 Jack YOUNG Brutal Fish Racing Team Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 11 18.138 2:09.515 1
4 20 Teddy CLAIRET Team Clairet Sport Peugeot 308 TCR 11 18.222 2:09.335 7
5 10 Niels LANGEVELD Sébastien Loeb Racing Hyundai Elantra N TCR 11 18.428 2:09.523 8
6 24 Jáchym GALÁŠ Janík Motorsport Hyundai i30 N TCR 11 18.704 2:09.345 3
7 14 Klim GAVRILOV VRC-Team Audi RS3 LMS TCR 11 19.155 2:09.395 4
8 8 Nicolas BAERT Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 11 23.134 2:09.749 12
9 162 Dušan BORKOVIĆ Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 11 24.541 2:09.726 11
10 26 Isidro CALLEJAS Brutal Fish Racing Team Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 11 24.975 2:09.590 10
11 21 Jimmy CLAIRET Team Clairet Sport Peugeot 308 TCR 11 25.454 2:10.074 16
12 25 Sami TAOUFIK Sébastien Loeb Racing Hyundai Elantra N TCR 11 28.159 2:10.095 15
13 110 Viktor DAVIDOVSKI PSS Racing Team Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 11 33.243 2:10.177 2
14 250 Mehdi BENNANI Sébastien Loeb Racing Hyundai Elantra N TCR 11 34.592 2:10.168 13
15 17 Martin RYBA Brutal Fish Racing Team Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 11 35.344 2:10.493 18
16 77 Sylvain PUSSIER Team Clairet Sport CUPRA TCR 11 39.050 2:10.478 19
17 66 Gilles COLOMBANI Team Clairet Sport CUPRA TCR 11 40.039 2:10.792 20
18 53 Lukas STOLARCZYK BTC Maszyny Audi RS3 LMS TCR 11 1:05.920 2:13.237 21
R 70 Mat’o HOMOLA Janík Motorsport Hyundai i30 N TCR 7 DNF 2:09.870 14
R 44 Felice JELMINI Sébastien Loeb Racing Hyundai Elantra N TCR 5 DNF 2:09.882 17
NS 32 Tom CORONEL Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR DNS N/A 5
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