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Ruben Volt gives new Honda first win in TCR Europe

ALM Motorsport’s Ruben Volt gave the new Honda Civic its first victory in TCR Europe, coming through from tenth on the grid in an exciting race with several changes of leader.

Giacomo Ghermandi had found himself on the reverse-grid pole position, with Aggressive Team Italia’s Giovanni Scamardi alongside, and the Audi driver assumed the lead at the start.

Ghermandi only led for half a lap, however, as Comtoyou Racing duo John Filippi and Tom Coronel got by at the Parabolica – Filippi upon entering the corner, and Coronel on the outside line on the exit.

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Filippi then led for just over a lap, before Coronel dived down the inside at the chicane on lap three – although the Dutchman had to cut the chicane in the process.

Nicola Baldan took advantage of the situation and passed Filippi for second, before Filippi then lost another place to the charging Volt at the start of the fourth tour.

Baldan applied stern pressure to Coronel and on lap five passed Coronel on the outside line into the chicane, with Coronel quickly losing out to Volt as well as he lost momentum.

It only took one more lap for Volt to claim the race lead on the exit of the Parabolica, although he carried slightly too much speed into the first chicane moments later and had to cut the corner.

With Volt ordered to give the place back, Baldan passed at the Variante Ascari, but on lap eight Volt definitely took the lead on the outside of the Parabolica, and the fight for the win was settled.

For Estonian racer Volt it is not only his first TCR Europe win, but his maiden TCR victory, after spending he past three seasons racing in TCR Italy with multiple podium finishes.

Baldan took second, again – his fourth in a row – with points leader Coronel completing the podium.

Viktor Andersson brought his MA:GP Lynk & Co home in fourth, the Swede’s best result of the season, ahead of Filippi in fifth.

Race one winner Kobe Pauwels was sixth, and as a result sees the deficit to series leader Coronel grow to ten points ahead of the final meeting of the year.

Having failed to start race one with a fuel pump issue, PMA Motorsport fixed the issue on Felice Jelmini’s Audi, and the Italian took the chequered flag in seventh, ahead of Comtoyou’s Viktor Davidovski in eighth.

The top ten was completed by Comtoyou’s Lewis Brown and Aggressive Team Italia’s Levente Losonczy – although the latter only just made it due to damage on his Hyundai creating significant amounts of smoke.

Ghermandi finished a lap down after having to pit to resolve an issue, whilst series newcomer Ivan Peklin was the only retirement of the race in the second Volcano Motorsport Audi.

TCR Europe resumes in Barcelona for the season finale in a month’s time on 21 – 22 October.

Race result

1 127 Ruben VOLT ALM Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R FL5 TCR 10 19:55.413 1:57.552 10
2 8 Nicola BALDAN Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR II 10 1.964 1:58.344 8
3 34 Tom CORONEL Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR II 10 2.900 1:58.255 3
4 10 Viktor ANDERSSON MA:GP Lynk & Co 03 TCR 10 3.397 1:58.391 4
5 27 John FILIPPI Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR II 10 3.589 1:58.391 6
6 22 Kobe PAUWELS Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR II 10 3.997 1:58.183 9
7 44 Felice JELMINI PMA Motorsport Audi RS3 LMS TCR II 10 4.382 1:58.386 12
8 11 Viktor DAVIDOVSKI Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR II 10 4.674 1:58.204 7
9 39 Lewis BROWN Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR II 10 5.303 1:58.306 5
10 264 Levente LOSONCZY Aggressive Team Italia Hyundai Elantra N TCR 10 12.411 1:58.365 14
11 84 Giovanni SCAMARDI Aggressive Team Italia Hyundai Elantra N TCR 10 16.753 1:58.866 2
12 7 Daniel TKACHENKO Volcano Motorsport Audi RS3 LMS TCR II 10 25.678 2:00.064 11
13 3 Giacomo GHERMANDI LEMA Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR II 9 + 1 LAP 2:02.283 1
14 29 Ivan PEKLIN Volcano Motorsport Audi RS3 LMS TCR II 8 + 4 LAPS 1:59.045 13
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