Klim Gavrilov claims maiden win in final race of the season

Kilim Gavrilov claimed a lights-to-flag win in the final reverse-grid TCR Europe race of the season in Barcelona, as the Volcano Motorsport driver eased to his first victory in the series.

Gavrilov had qualified in tenth on Saturday, giving the Russian racer the pole position for Sunday’s partially reversed grid race.

Racing a CUPRA for the first time this weekend, Gavrilov made a strong start to lead into the first corner, as behind him the Brutal Fish Racing team-mates Jack Young and Isidro Callejas swapped positions, with Young claiming second on the outside line into the first corner.

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Young then held second for most of the race, but the Northern Irishman was handed a drive-through penalty just three laps from the end for exceeding track limits, dropping him down the order.

In any case, Young was unable to close in on and challenge Gavrilov for the win, although both drivers had broken free of the third place battle.

Callejas had run in third for most of the race, defending stoically against the Sébastien Loeb Racing Hyundai of Mehdi Bennani.

That became second when Young served his penalty, whilst Bennani completed the podium after being unable to find a way past the young Spaniard.

Sami Taoufik followed his team-mate and Moroccan compatriot home in fourth, having jumped two places at the start and then passing team-mate Niels Langeveld into Turn 1 on the third lap, followed by Teddy Clairet at the same place two laps later.

Teddy Clairet was the leading Peugeot driver in fifth, directly ahead of his brother Jimmy Clairet in sixth, the latter having picked off Langeveld on lap four with the help of slight contact on the exit of Turn 2, which caused the Hyundai driver to slide and lose momentum.

Langeveld brought his Hyundai home in seventh, ahead of the PSS Racing Honda of Franco Girolami in eighth, the erstwhile title contender having fought his way through the field from the back of the pack, most of his work being done on the opening lap when he gained eight places.

The top ten was completed by the Janík Motorsport Hyundai i30 N cars of Jáchym Galáš and Mat’o Homola, who had gradually worked their way up the order, each driver gaining four places in the race and benefitting from penalties for those ahead.

Comtoyou Racing’s Nicolas Baert was 11th, outside the points after the Audi driver was hit by Viktor Davidovski whilst running in tenth.

Baert was the sole Audi representative in the race after both Tom Coronel and Dušan Borković failed to take the start, the former due to commuting to Most to race in the FIA World Touring Car Cup and the latter due to a combination of engine issues and personal reasons, as Borković flew to be with his expectant wife.

SLR’s Felice Jelmini was 12th, having battled hard with Volcano Motorsport’s Evgenii Leonov.

In fact, both Leonov and Brutal Fish’s Martin Ryba were handed drive-through penalties for contact early in the race, resulting in Leonov finishing down in 18th whilst Ryba later retired. The result effectively cost Ryba a chance of the Diamon class title.

Team Clairet CUPRA drivers Gilles Colombani and Sylvain Pussier were 13th and 14th, the former with his best result of the season, whilst Young completed the points in 15th after his penalty.

New champion Mikel Azcona was absent from the grid after flying to the Czech Republic, like Coronel, to race in WTCR.

Race result

POS NO CL NAT DRIVER ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 14 Klim GAVRILOV Volcano Motorsport CUPRA Leon Competición TCR 12 23:32.264 1:56.376 1
2 26 Isidro CALLEJAS Brutal Fish Racing Team Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 12 8.758 1:57.079 2
3 250 Mehdi BENNANI Sébastien Loeb Racing Hyundai Elantra N TCR 12 9.031 1:57.055 4
4 25 Sami TAOUFIK Sébastien Loeb Racing Hyundai Elantra N TCR 12 9.407 1:56.246 9
5 20 Teddy CLAIRET Team Clairet Sport Peugeot 308 TCR 12 9.641 1:57.133 8
6 21 Jimmy CLAIRET Team Clairet Sport Peugeot 308 TCR 12 10.106 1:56.836 11
7 10 Niels LANGEVELD Sébastien Loeb Racing Hyundai Elantra N TCR 12 11.061 1:57.028 5
8 72 Franco GIROLAMI PSS Racing Team Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 12 11.833 1:57.203 20
9 24 Jáchym GALÁŠ Janík Motorsport Hyundai i30 N TCR 12 17.339 1:57.427 13
10 70 Mat’o HOMOLA Janík Motorsport Hyundai i30 N TCR 12 19.235 1:57.026 14
11 8 Nicolas BAERT Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 12 24.015 1:57.722 7
12 44 Felice JELMINI Sébastien Loeb Racing Hyundai Elantra N TCR 12 24.740 1:57.420 21
13 66 Gilles COLOMBANI Team Clairet Sport CUPRA TCR 12 26.719 1:58.095 19
14 77 Sylvain PUSSIER Team Clairet Sport CUPRA TCR 12 27.907 1:58.338 16
15 62 Jack YOUNG Brutal Fish Racing Team Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 12 28.137 1:56.498 3
16 101 Sergio LÓPEZ RC2 Junior Team CUPRA Leon Competición TCR 12 29.430 1:57.468 12
17 19 Felipe FERNÁNDEZ Gil RC2 Junior Team CUPRA Leon Competición TCR 12 33.903 1:58.472 17
18 16 Evgenii LEONOV Volcano Motorsport CUPRA Leon Competición TCR 12 50.026 1:58.198 10
19 3 Giacomo GHERMANDI Lema Racing CUPRA Leon Competición TCR 12 55.800 1:58.913 18
20 110 Viktor DAVIDOVSKI PSS Racing Team Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 11 + 1 LAP 1:56.574 15
R 17 Martin RYBA Brutal Fish Racing Team Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 8 DNF 1:58.096 6
NS 96 Mikel AZCONA Volcano Motorsport CUPRA Leon Competición TCR DNS N/A
NS 32 Tom CORONEL Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR DNS N/A
NS 162 Dušan BORKOVIĆ Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR DNS N/A
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