Mikel Azcona praises ‘amazing’ CUPRA after fifth win of 2021 TCR Europe season

Championship leader Mikel Azcona admitted he “couldn’t imagine winning five races” after taking another victory in the 2021 TCR Europe series at the Nürburgring.

Azcona completed his second double win weekend in a row with a commanding victory in the second race in Germany on Sunday afternoon and the Spaniard admitted that he has been surprised by his form in 2021.

“I’ve been driving in this Championship since 2018 and I remember I only won one race during the entire season when I became Champion,” explained Azcona after taking his second win of the weekend.

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“This year, I couldn’t imagine winning five races including two double victories, it’s incredible. I think it’s easier with a new model of car and the experience of what we are doing together; the car now is amazing. At the same time I feel I am at a high level but I am surprised to be winning so many races.”

After starting the race on the third row of the grid, Azcona soon found himself in second by the end of the opening lap after making the most of a number of drivers struggling ahead of him.

“The start again was a key moment; I did a really good launch, Davidovski lost some positions and I used the opportunity,” Azcona went on to explain.

“I could overtake two or three places around the outside and afterwards I was very comfortable behind Jack Young.

“When I saw the Honda behind me I asked on the radio ‘is that Girolami or Davidovski?’ and the team said ‘it’s Girolami – push, push!’

“Young didn’t really block me, so it was very easy for me and after that it was just managing the gap. A good, comfortable race for me.”

The former TCR Europe champion finished the second race of the weekend ahead of title rival Franco Girolami, with the pair now split by 32 points at the top of the Drivers Standings as the series heads to Monza later this month.

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