Jordi Gené dominated the second race at Singapore’s Marina Bay Street Circuit. The Spaniard pipped Tomas Engström at the start, resisted the Swede’s attempt to regain the lead during the first lap and then bid farewell to the rest of the field on his way to claim his third race win of the season. Behind him, Mikhail Grachev seemed capable of achieving a podium position for the Volkswagen Golf, but in the latest stages the Russian’s pace faded and he dropped down. Stefano Comini and Pepe Oriola delivered a great show in a fight for the third place that lasted for most of the race; eventually they found themselves promoted to second and third respectively when Grachev slowed down with technical issues. Gianni Morbidelli managed to score a precious fourth place that keeps him in contention in the fight for the Drivers’ title. The Singapore event propelled Comini on top of the standings, 11 points ahead of Oriola and 30 of Gené; Morbidelli lies fourth with a gap of 47 points. Michael Choi of Prince Racing encored his yesterday’s victory in the TCR Asia Series, beating George Chou and Frank Yu; Kenneth Lau crossed the line in third, but was eventually penalized for jump start. The championship will resume on October 19 and 20 at Buriram, Thailand, for rounds 19 and 20.
Key moments Grid – Only Mak’s Opel is missing, following its crash in the warm up lap for yesterday’s Race 1 Start – Gené takes the lead , chased by the team Engstler trio of Engström, Grachev and Veglia Lap 1 – Oriola overtakes Hezemans for sixth; Grachev overtakes Engström for second Lap 2 – Oriola and Comini overtake Veglia who slips to sixth Lap 3 – Engström loses a few places and drops to seventh Lap 4 – Oriola and Comini fight for third; Veglia defends fifth place from Morbidelli Lap 5 – Gené stretches his leading gap ahead of Grachev; Rangoni pits and retires Lap 6 – Afanasyev overtakes Hezemans for ninth; Hezemans spins, hits the wall and rejoins Lap 7 – Comini overtakes Oriola for second Lap 8 – Morbidelli overtakes Veglia for fifth; Comini overtakes Grachev for second; the Russian loses also third place to Oriola and then drops further back Lap 9 – Gleason and Veglia run abreast fighting for fifth; Gleason jumps ahead; Afanasyev and Engström make contact Lap 10 – Gené wins from Comini and Oriola, with Morbidelli in fourth; Choi repeats his victory in the TCR Asia race
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