Mato Homola offers a first victory to the Opel Astra Gocar in the TCR Benelux Trophy !
This weekend Francorchamps hosted the first meeting of the season of the TCR Benelux Trophy. The Theux based DG Sport team was once again on hand for this flagship championship reserved for Touring cars. Having claimed a silver medal at the end of the 2016 season, Frédéric Caprasse was back in action. This weekend the Tenneville based driver was teamed up with Mato Homola who presently also races one of the Belgian team’s Opel Astra cars in the TCR International Series. The young 22-year old Slovak was definitely a choice ally having previously clocked up the best time during the qualifying sessions last weekend on the Bahrain circuit.
Having been the fastest in the race the previous day he set-off from pole position this Sunday for the third and fourth sprint races, driving the perfect race to take the chequered flag with a half second advantage. Taking the best start in the weekend’s final race, he was cut short before the end of the first lap as the result of a blowout in the Combes curve.
“I’m obviously delighted to offer this first victory to the DG Sport team”, he commented after the race. “We improved no end throughout the weekend. We were already performing petty well, but we also know that there are a few points we still need to work on prior to the following meeting of the TCR International Series in a fortnight’s time, here at Francorchamps. “
Less luck for Frédéric Caprasse in the first two races of the day. Also on pole, he rather over anticipated his start and received a five seconds penalty. Notwithstanding that he put in a good performance, finishing fourth behind Lessenne and the best drivers in the TCR International Series, Comini and Vernay.
“Once again I found myself at the wheel of an Opel Astra in top form, but I lacked driving time. All in all, I can’t wait to be back with the DG Sport team for the next round of the TCR Benelux at Zandvoort.” For this meeting he should be joined by a new teammate.
Before that Christian Jupsin’s team will be back at the world’s greatest circuit in less than two weeks as curtain raiser for the WEC with the following meeting of the TCR International Series with Mato Homola and a second driver they are busily looking for.