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TCR Europe victory of Comtoyou Racing with Audi RS 3 LMS in Zolder

TCR Europe victory of Comtoyou Racing with Audi RS 3 LMS in Zolder

14.09.2020: Comtoyou Racing leads the standings four times over: On the Zolder circuit, the private team Comtoyou Racing managed its double home game with flying colors. Jean-Michel Baert’s team fr

Comtoyou Racing leads the standings four times over: On the Zolder circuit, the private team Comtoyou Racing managed its double home game with flying colors. Jean-Michel Baert’s team from Waterloo, south of Brussels, fielded no fewer than six Audi RS 3 LMS cars – three in TCR Europe and three in the FIA WTCR each.


On the second race weekend of the European racing series Nicolas Baert celebrated his first victory in his touring car debut season. The 19-year-old son of the team founder had secured pole position for the first race with a lead of almost four tenths of a second.



After a hampered start, he lost a position, which he regained though in the course of the first lap. After 16 race laps Baert won with a lead of 2.8 seconds.


It was the first victory of the season for Audi in TCR Europe. After the first third of the season Baert is fourth in the standings behind teammate Mehdi Bennani and leads the Trophy standings. Comtoyou Racing already has a 16 point lead in the team classification.



The FIA WTCR season also started on the same circuit, and there too Comtoyou took the lead in two classifications. Against the strong factory teams of three manufacturers with a total of twelve racing cars, the private racing squad from Belgium already proved its skills in qualifying.



Frenchman Nathanaël Berthon captured the first pole position of the season. In the first race, which began with a reversed grid position in accordance with the regulations, his teammate Tom Coronel started from fifth place as the best Audi driver.


He improved to fourth place right from the start, maintained his position right up to the finish and was thus the first winner of the season’s Trophy classification for independent drivers.



The prize for best rookie was secured by Gilles Magnus in another Audi RS 3 LMS from Comtoyou Racing in tenth place. In the second race, the young Belgian won both the Rookie and Trophy prizes, finishing fourth in the overall standings.

 

 

Berthon had no chance because of a false start from first place and finished in fourteenth place.



However, after his drive-through penalty, he managed the fastest race lap of the weekend and won the Tag Heuer Best Lap Trophy.

 

 

Gilles Magnus leads the rookie standings after the first WTCR weekend, ahead of Hyundai driver Luca Engstler. In the Trophy standings Tom Coronel is five points ahead of Gilles Magnus.




Eva-Maria Becker - photos FIA WTCR


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14.09.2020 / MaP

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