TCR Korea at Yeongam - Home glory for Hyundai

TCR Korea at Yeongam - Home glory for Hyundai

07.11.2018: Indigo Racing’s Charlie Kang Byung Hui was crowned the first TCR Korea champion in the series’ finale at Yeongam’s Korea International Circuit

Indigo Racing’s Charlie Kang Byung Hui was crowned the first TCR Korea champion in the series’ finale at Yeongam’s Korea International Circuit.






Kang grabbed the title halfway through the last race, when the E-Rain Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTI of his rival Andrew Kim retired with a broken driveshaft while he was running in fifth position ahead of Kang’s Hyundai i30 N.



Kim had managed to take the lead in the standings after Race 1, with a nine-point margin over Kang, but after Race 2 he dropped back to second, six points behind the champion.



Kang’s was the first title claimed by Hyundai in its maiden full season in TCR, which, appropriately, happened in the Korean brand’s home country.



In Race 1, pole sitter guest driver Peter Terting led the field at the start from Noh Dong Gi, Kang Dong Woo, Kim Jin Soo and Andrew Kim; Charlie Kang – who had been excluded from Qualifying after his car failed to pass the ride height check – and Jung Nam Su started from the pit lane.




Having built a comfortable margin, Terting was given a drive-through for a jump-start and rejoined in sixth position; Noh Dong Gi inherited the lead in the E-Rain Motorsport Hyundai, while Andrew Kim moved up to second. On lap 9, Charlie Kang and Kang Dong Woo collided while fighting for fourth position and the latter retired with broken rear suspension.




Terting overtook Charlie Kang and Kim Jin Soo, moving up to third. In the final part of the race Andrew Kim closed the gap from Noh Dong Gi, but couldn’t get close enough to overtake him and finished second by six tenths. Charlie Kang finished fourth, but was then dropped to sixth by a 30-second time penalty for his incident with Kang Dong Woo.



In the second race, Terting looked set to make up for the disappointment of the previous race. He led from the start and built a comfortable margin, but on lap 17 he pitted with a flat front tyre and rejoined to finish fourth. Tyre issues also hit Race 1 winner Noh Dong Gi who lost one lap in the pits and finished fifth and Kang Dong Woo.




 Series newcomer Kim Jin Soo in his Indigo Racing Hyundai was victorious, becoming the fifth different winner in six races. During the final lap, Jung Nam Su grabbed second position in his Brand New Racing Golf GTI after a brief battle with Charlie Kang, a result that helped Jung to be classified third in the final standings.

 

 

Fabio Ravaioli   Photos: TCR Korea

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07.11.2018 / MaP

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