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Race 2 flash: French ETCC success for Pfister

2015-06-29

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Andreas Pfister claimed his first FIA European Touring Car Championship win of the season in the second race at Paul Ricard, which was held in sizzling conditions close to 30 degrees centigrade.

German SEAT driver Pfister started from fourth on the reverse grid and claimed the lead with some bold moves after those in front hit various misfortunes. Mato Homola made a slow start while Dejan Bulatovic and Ronny Jost ran wide. Jost would challenge for a podium until the final lap, when he collided with Petr Fulin.

Towards the closing stages Pfister came under pressure from race one winner Dušan Borković, who added a second place to his weekend’s total despite starting from eighth.

While the Single Make Trophy drivers locked out the top six places, Davit Kajaia added another TC2T class victory to his perfect score so far this season, but Peter Rikli wasn’t able to consolidate his TC2 success in the morning after losing time following contact halfway through the race. Michal Matějovský sealed the class victory in his BMW.

An entertaining three-way fight for victory in the Super 1600 class went the way of Ford Fiesta driver Niklas Mackschin, making it two wins from two races in France for the young German.

Race 1 flash: Hat-trick for Borković in the ETCC

Dušan Borković has won the first of two FIA European Touring Car Cup races at Circuit Paul Ricard in France after a perfect race from pole position.

The SEAT León Cup Racer driver, who is eligible for the Single Make Trophy and has already triumphed in Hungary and Slovakia this season, made a clean getaway after the rolling start and began to stretch his advantage to eventually win by six seconds, while there was plenty of action behind him.

A battle for second place between Mato Homola, Andreas Pfister and Petr Fulin was decided when Pfister lunged up the inside of Homola on lap four and the pair made contact, sending Pfister into a half spin and dropping him down the order. Homola received a drive-through penalty for the incident.

BMW driver Davit Kajaia converted his pole in TC2T to third overall by the finish after a clean race during which he conserved his tyres made the most of the battles affecting other people.

One of the stars of the race was Peter Rikli, who fought his way back from close to the bottom of the grid to win TC2 in his Honda, thanks to some impressive overtaking manoeuvres from the Swiss ETCC stalwart.

Niklas Mackschin also ensured that pole in Super 1600 became a race win, despite a late scare when he spun at the chicane in his Ford Fiesta. The second race of the day, which uses a standing start, is due to begin at 15h15 local time. Click here for the provisional classification.