Renault Megane driver Milan Vuković triumphed at the Red Bull Ring in the first race of the third TCR Eastern Europe race weekend.
He won pole position yesterday, but had a bad start and went wide into the first corner. However, he managed to control the car and keep the lead. Kircher remained in second position, while Homola made his way to third ahead of Milenko Vuković, he says Serbiaring.
Germandi also had an excellent start, who made up one position and was fifth at the moment when Adamek stopped his car at the start-finish champion, so a safety car came onto the track. The police quickly removed Adamek’s car, and Kircher immediately attacked Milan Vuković. His father Milenko returned to the third position on the restart, and Homola started to put pressure on Germandi.
Kircher kept the younger Vuković in his sights for the next few laps, only about half a second behind, but the Swiss of our origin managed to pull away in the corners. In the second half of the sprint, a fierce battle developed in the lower positions, Čepijel tried for several laps to overcome Posik for the 8th position and finally succeeded.
At the same time, Milan Vuković accelerated further and moved Kircher by more than a second with the fastest lap of the race. In the end, the pilot of the “Megan” triumphed with 2.5 seconds ahead of Kircher and Milenko Vuković, fourth was Homola, fifth Germandi, ahead of Stajbel, Kadžaja, Čepiel, Pošik and Dietrich.
The second sprint is on the program tomorrow from 11.20, and the starting schedule will be decided by the winner of the first race.
Milenko Vuković after Milan’s triumph in Austria: Today I am the proudest father in the world!
Although he has not entered the TCR Eastern Europe season since the first weekend at Osersleben, Milan Vuković became the first driver at the Red Bull Ring to climb to the top step of the podium twice.
The young racer behind the wheel of the Renault Megane, which was designed and built by his father Milenko in the family workshop in Switzerland, first won the pole position, which he later translated into victory.
“I am very happy! At the beginning I struggled a lot with the temperature in the rear tires. The car was sliding, especially in the first corner after the start. Only after three or four laps was everything OK. I had a nice battle with Kircher, but I managed to keep him behind me. In Austria we have the benefit of compensatory weights, we will see how it will look next weekend when we get additional ballast. But right now I’m enjoying the result and being on the podium with my father. It’s unbelievable,” said the younger Vuković after the race.
His father did not hide his pride and happiness for his son’s results and performance that Milan is showing this year, even though he sat in a TCR car for the first time only last season.
“After the first corner, Kadžaja hit me and I lost my position. I found myself behind Homola, but in the second lap he was giving me a great wind. He protected the inside lane, but I had another plan – I stayed on the ideal line and made a better exit out of the corner, and passed him on the straight. While I was driving in third position, I kept thinking about my son’s leading position. To be honest, it was really hard for me to concentrate. Today I am the proudest father in the world”, said Milenko Vuković.
Otherwise, according to the rules of the series, the winner of the first race decides how many drivers will enter the inverse schedule for the second race. Milan decided to make it nine, so Dietrich will start from pole position. The second sprint is scheduled tomorrow from 11.20.
Source: AutoBlog by autoblog.rs.
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