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Race 1 flash: ETCC joy for Homola, despair for Kajaia

2015-09-21

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Mato Homola has claimed his second outright victory in this year’s FIA European Touring Car Cup with first place in the opening race at Zolder this afternoon – but only after a suspected technical glitch slowed long-term leader Davit Kajaia.

The Georgian was three laps away from his maiden overall success in his pole-sitting BMW only to slow and allow Homola to move ahead. Homola (Slovakia) also secured top Single Make Trophy points in his SEAT ahead of Petr Fulín (Czech Republic) and Serbian Dušan Borković, who were second and third overall and in SMT respectively.

Czech Michal Matĕjovský won TC2 in fourth overall with Aytaç Biter (Turkey) winning TC2T for the first time in fifth. Turk Ibrahim Okyay was second in TC2 in sixth with Swiss Peter Rikli charging through from his lowly starting position to complete the TC2 podium in seventh in his Honda.

Ronny Jost was fourth in SMT in eighth following a drive-through penalty for exceeding track limits at turn nine and gaining an unfair advantage in the process Galip Atar was second in TC2T in ninth with Kajaia a disconsolate third in TC2T in P10.

Germany’s Niklas Mackschin won Super 1600 ahead of Gilles Bruckner (Luxembourg) and German trio Erwin Lukas, Ulrike Krafft and Florian Hildner, whose Fiesta had suffered extensive damage when he rolled in the rain-hit qualifying on Saturday.

Luxembourg driver Ben Lintgen’s ETCC return ended in retirement, while Daniel Conrad, Andreas Pfister and Ümit Ülkü were involved in a first lap collision at turn four. Conrad was out on the spot, Pfister limped back to the pits, while Ülkü continued only to be black flagged for receiving outside assistance from a 4×4 recovery vehicle in his efforts to vacate the gravel trap.

Race two will get underway from a standing start at 15h05 with the top eight finishers from race one lining up in reverse order, meaning Jost will start from pole position in his SEAT. Click here for the provisional opening race classification.