Race 2 – Comini abdicates with a victory

Race 2 – Comini abdicates with a victory

18 November 2017

Double TCR champion Stefano Comini abdicated in style, as he won the International Series’ final race in his Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS.
The Swiss drivers inherited the lead when Attila Tassi observed a drive-through penalty for jump-start, and then crossed the line ahead of Gianni Morbidelli. Josh Files completed the podium after a brilliant fight with Denis Dupont who eventually failed to finish due to a flat tyre.
Tassi managed to recover from 17th to 12th – that was actually 10th because of the ‘transparency’ of the two Hyundai cars – scoring one point that salvaged his second place in the Drivers’ championship ahead of Comini.
Morbidelli’s second place, joint to the sixth achieved by his WestCoast Racing teammate Benjamin Leuchter earned the ‘Model of the Year’ trophy to the Volkswagen Golf by five points ahead of the Honda Civic.

Key facts
Grid – Menu and Comte are at the back of the grid following neutralization of the parc fermé; Lloyd and Colciago are missing, as their cars were not repairable after the incident in Race 1
Start – Tassi sprints from pole; Files and Nash make contact at Turn 1
Lap 1 – Tassi leads from Comini, Morbidelli, Dupont and Files; Tarquini spins after a contact with Oriola who retires
Lap 2 – Leuchter overtakes Homola for 9th
Lap 3 – Homola slows down and retires with a broken suspension
Lap 4 – Vernay overtakes Nash for 7th
Lap 5 – Menu and Nash make contact; Menu moves up to 8th
Lap 7 – Tassi is given a drive-through for jump start
Lap 8 – Tassi pays the penalty; Comini leads from Morbidelli
Lap 9 – Dupont defends third from Files; Tassi drops to 17th
Lap 10 – Leuchter overtakes Menu for 8th
Lap 11 – Kajaia overtakes Panis for 13th
Lap 12 – Files overtakes Dupont for third
Lap 13 – Vervisch and Vernay overtake Dupont for 4th and 5th
Lap 14 – Dupont goes straight at Turn 1 with a flat front tyre
Lap 15 – Tarquini and Comte overtake Kajaia for 11th and 12th
Lap 16 – Vernay stops on the track; Tassi is 12th
Lap 17 – Kajaia overtakes Nash for 10th; Comini wins from Morbidelli and Files


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