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Race 2 flash: Another ETCC one-two for Richard and Rikli



Rikli Motorsport completed a perfect day at the FIA ETCC Race of Slovakia Ring with drivers Kris Richard and Peter Rikli finishing first and second again in race two.

Rikli and Richard made flying starts in their TCN2-specification Honda Civics from the fourth row of the grid to lead the pack through the first corner, and Race 1 winner Richard moved ahead at the same point one lap later before sealing a double victory.

Mladen Lalušić scored his maiden ETCC podium in third after winning an early battle with Norbert Nagy. Fábio Mota also worked his way past the Hungarian but for the second race in a row, the Portuguese driver lost a position at the finish line, this time by just six thousandths of a second.

This time, Mota lost out on fourth to Petr Fulín, who had started from the pitlane together with Křenek Motorsport team-mate Christjohannes Schreiber after their disqualification in Race 1 for technical reasons. Fulín was on the grass on the final lap while passing the S1600 leaders in his pursuit of Mota. Schreiber finished sixth ahead of Nagy and Wolfgang Kriegl.

Ulrike Krafft had started the race from the very front of the field after her eighth-place and class win in Race 1, but after being passed by the S2000 field into Turn 1 she was quickly under pressure from Nicklas Mackschin, who eventually got past on lap six.

Ninth overall, Mackschin held on through an intense final lap to win the class ahead of fellow Ford Fiesta driver Krafft and Peugeot 207 racer Kevin Hilgenhövel, with the other 207 driver Andreas Rinke beating Tomáš Korený to fourth.