For the season’s third TCR Europe 2019 meeting DG Sport Compétition’s team were on home ground, on the Spa-Francorchamps circuit located a mere twenty kilometres from their base at Theux. A track that the Frenchman Aurélien Compte, manning their Peugeot 308 TCR knows particularly well, allowing the car bearing the lion logo to permanently play a leading role up front …. Notwithstanding the highly shaken up character of the races!
Having experienced here and there some rather potent attacks in the Belgian Ardennes, Comte finished the two rounds in 4th and 5th positions, grabbing precious points in the championship, where the DG Sport Compétition driver is presently in solid 3rd spot. “A positive weekend, seeing we quite clearly had the speed, Aurélien Comte commented. Pretty successful qualifying sessions, as we were the best Peugeot, whereas in the race, we needed to opt for either a full out attack or managing it, always with the championship in the back of our mind, which is not self-evident. The TCR Europe pack is a pretty spirited one, and in Race 2, a podium was clearly on the books, but I found myself in a group where it was shoving and pushing from all sides. A podium could also been feasible in Race 1, but Maxime Potty pushed me near the end of the race. The most important is that we have clinched some precious points to keep us in the running for the championship. Together with the team we are slowly getting to understand this European competition which is definitely different from that of the WTCR. We are now heading off for Austria and the Red Bull Ring in the middle of July, a circuit I do not really know, but I will have the opportunity to study it on the simulator, as I had done for the German meeting a few weeks back …”
In the DG Sport Compétition ranks it was congratulations all round for the results claimed at Francorchamps. “We have produced a perfect operation when it comes to the championship, which quite clearly is the most important, Christian Jupsin, the man in charge of DG Sport Compétition added. We are satisfied with the weekend’s overall outcome, regardless of the rather disruptive character of the races. We just missed out on the podium in Race 1 by a mere 5 hundredth of a second, and notwithstanding several rather hard contacts, Aurélien managed to achieve a top 5 in Race 2. It’s still a long championship, and the main thing is to score point at each meeting. Which we achieved here in fact. So, mission accomplished … “
Following on from the three meetings held at Budapest, Hockenheim and Spa, TCR Europe is now taking a month’s rest before getting back on track in the region of Styria, which boast a circuit known to be rather technical …