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Race 1 flash: Richard wins in Rikli ETCC one-two, disappointment for Křenek



Kris Richard claimed his maiden FIA European Touring Car Cup win in the first FIA ETCC Race of Slovakia Ring, with Rikli Motorsport picking up a one-two finish after both Křenek Motorsport cars were black-flagged.

The rolling start was twice waved off because cars were not in the correct formation, and when the race did eventually begin, Richard made a great start from fourth on the grid to pass both Křenek Motorsport SEATs into Turn 1.

Polesitter Christjohannes Screiber and team-mate Petr Fulín would use their speed to move back ahead of Richard and on course for a one-two, but their races turned sour when they were black-flagged for technical infringements.

Richard therefore took the win on just his third start in the ETCC while team-mate Peter Rikli won a battle with Fábio Mota over third place that went all the way to the finish line. Mota had overtaken Rikli as they worked past S1600 runners on the final lap, but Rikli swept around the outside of the final kink to get his Honda Civic to the line just 0.016 seconds ahead.

Norbert Nagy took fourth ahead of Mladen Lalušić, who survived a mid-race excursion into a gravel trap. Wolfgang Kriegel finished sixth on his ETCC debut ahead of Igor Stefanovski, who was forced to serve a drive-through after tagging Lalušić sideways on the opening lap.

Ulrike Krafft won a thrilling battle for victory in S1600. Krafft led the early stages from pole before Nicklas Mackshin and Tomáš Korený took brief turns out front, only for Krafft to regain the advantage. She was soon knocked sideways however by Korený, allowing Andrii Yevtuschenko and Kevin Hilgenhövel past, but their races ended in the gravel trap almost immediately.

Mackshin therefore inherited the lead again but Krafft managed to find a way back past on the last lap for the S1600 runners.