Hyundai Motorsport: i30 N TCR results round-up

Target Competition driver Dušan Borković moved back into the TCR Europe championship lead, while Dániel Nagy took a first international win in his i30 N TCR
Hyundai Team Engstler claimed their maiden victory in only their second weekend of competition in TCR Germany
i30 N TCR dominants in latest round of the Pirelli World Challenge, winning both races at Utah Motorsports Campus

21 August 2018 - Hyundai i30 N TCR customer teams enjoyed another successful run of results in the latest rounds of national and international competitions.

i30 N TCR heads race and championship in TCR Europe
A pair of top-six finishes from the TCR Europe weekend at Assen (18-19 August) lifted Target Competition i30 N TCR driver Dušan Borković back into the championship lead with two weekend’s worth of racing remaining. The Serbian raced from tenth to sixth in the opener, overtaking his closest title rival in the process, to take the top spot in the standings back, and then protected his newly won lead by finishing third in Race 2 at the Dutch track.

The performance was just one in a successful weekend in the series for Hyundai customers. In the opening race Hungarian Dániel Nagy claimed his first-ever international win in his M1RA run entry after a close wheel-to-wheel battle. He was joined on the Race 1 podium by Target driver Kris Richard in third. The Swiss completed his weekend with sixth place in Race 2, while Reece Barr in the third Target Competition entry claimed tenth place to close out the points’ positions.

Latest TCR customer takes maiden win in TCR Germany
Hyundai Team Engstler made their debut in TCR Germany at the Nürburgring (4-5 August), with two i30 N TCR entered for Luca Engstler and Théo Coicaud. Despite some minor difficulties in finding the opportunity for a flying lap in qualifying both drivers recorded a pair of top-ten results from the weekend. The performance of the i30 N TCR was underlined in Race 2 by Engstler as he fought from 18th on the grid up to sixth in the red flag shortened contest.
 
Just two weeks later the duo reaffirmed the strength of the car at Zandvoort (18-19 August). Engstler gave the i30 N TCR a first win in the very competitive championship in fine style. He took a lights-to-flag victory in Race 2 of the weekend for the Hyundai Deutschland supported team, with Coicaud powering to second from fifth place on the grid in the early laps after a brief Safety Car period to spark celebrations. For Engstler it was a first career win in the series, in only his second weekend at the wheel of the i30 N TCR. The success also saw him close the points gap in the championship standings, and he now lies well within reach of the leaders.

i30 N TCR dominant in latest US outing
The combination of Bryan Herta Autosport and the i30 N TCR proved unbeatable at the latest round of the Pirelli World Challenge at Utah Motorsports Campus (11-12 August). The two cars runs by the Hyundai America supported team finished first and second in both of the 40-minute races over the weekend, with Canadian Michael Lewis winning both encounters from Pole Position, ahead of teammate Mark Wilkins.

The results gave Lewis his third and fourth wins of the season - the most in the series - and brought the pair’s tally of 1-2 finishes to six from the ten events so far this season.  Bryan Herta Autosport and Hyundai lead the teams’ and manufacturers’ championships respectively with just two races remaining in the 2018 season. Lewis, meanwhile, lies second in the drivers’ standings by just a handful of points going into the finale.

Silverware to show from TCR UK’s Oulton Park day trip
Young British driver Lewis Kent claimed a second podium of the TCR UK season during the series’ one-day meeting at Oulton Park (4 August). After finishing fifth in the opening race of the weekend Essex & Kent Motorsport man started the second event from the outside of the front row, before going on to finish third, holding the runaway championship leader at bay to keep a hold on the position.