Aleksey Dudukalo claimed a lights-to-flag victory in TCR Russia’s second race at Moscow Raceway; it was a 1-2 finish for Lukoil Racing with Ivan Lukashevich crossing the line in second place. Current championship leader Dmitri Bragin completed an all-Audi podium and moved another step closer to a third consecutive TCR Russia title.
At the start, Dudukalo and Lukashevich made good use of their front row positions to take command; they were followed by Roman Golikov’s Volkswagen Golf GTI, Bragin and the third Lukoil Racing car, Andrej Maslennikov’s SEAT León DSG.
Without further delay, Bragin overtook Golikov for third at the end of lap 1 and joined the leading duo. Dudukalo was able to create a small gap, while Lukashevich defended his second position from Bragin until the end.
Klim Gavrilov, the winner of yesterday’s Race 1 emerged from the group and began fighting for fourth with Golikov and Maslennikov. On lap 6 Maslennikov overtook Golikov who also lost fifth to Gavrilov on lap 9.
During the last three laps, Maslennikov and Gavrilov delivered an entertaining battle for fourth; eventually Gavrilov was able to pass in the final lap. Golikov finished sixth, driving back a final assault from Mikhail Grachev and Irek Minnakhmetov.
With LADA Sport Rosneft’s Kirill Ladygin scoreless during the whole weekend, Bragin has significantly strengthened his leadership in the standings. Having scored 159 points, he now leads from Lukashevich by 36; Dudukalo climbed to third a further three points adrift, one ahead of Ladygin and two over Gavrilov.
TCR Russia will resume the first weekend of Steptember at Sochi.
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