The third event of the TCR Eastern Europe championship offered plenty of action at Tor Poznań in Poland. Petr Semerád became the fifth winner of five races, and championship leader Bartosz Groszek scored his second victory in the series, the first racer to do so.
Groszek, with an Audi RS3 LMS, has been leading the championship since the opening round at Hungaroring, where he won the first race. He has continued to finish in top positions throughout the season and, thanks to that, the ADITIS Racing driver still holds a slight advantage over his closest rival Petr Semerád with a Hyundai i30N TCR.
Semerád, from Hyundai / Janík Motorsport, was the man of the hour in Saturday’s race. He started from pole position, set the fastest lap of the race, and then won it. It was a long-awaited victory, as Semerád has been finishing at the front regularly, so it was only a matter of time until he celebrated on the top step of the podium. It finally happened at Poznań and he can add this well-deserved success to his curriculum vitae.
Groszek is happy with his results in front of his home crowd. Thanks to securing one victory and taking second place, he leads the championship with 107 points. Semerád is only seven points behind him. The fight for the title is very tight between the two of them, but Milenko Vuković, with a Renault, sits not far behind them in third position. Vuković raced in Poland with 40 kilograms of ballast and retired from one race, so he is currently losing to Groszek by 35 points. But we are only half-way through the season and a lot of points are still at stake.