Jack Young has questioned the driving standards of his TCR Europe rivals after a first corner shunt in yesterday’s second race in Germany ended his hopes of bagging a podium finish.
Young - who finished Saturday’s opener at the Norisring street circuit in Bavaria in tenth - started the reverse grid contest from the front row of the grid alongside the Volcano Motorsport-run Cupra Leon of Klim Gavrilov.
The 26-lap race was only a few seconds old when Young’s Halder Motorsport Honda Civic Type R was hit from behind by the Hyundai of Target Competition’s Jack Files.
That pushed Young back to sixth – a position he maintained to the finish despite being tagged by Jachym Galas at the same ‘Alpha Tribune’ left-turn on the very last lap when the Czech driver out-braked himself.
“Sixth place was a bit of a recovery drive after being spun out at the start of the race. There was some interesting racing going on today,” reflected former Renault UK Clio Cup champion Young.
“Anyway, it was still good points for the Championship at what was a great circuit,” he continued. “We now enter the mid-season break where we can regroup ahead of the Nürburgring in August.”
Three more race meetings totalling six point-scoring rounds await in the second half of the year, with August’s return trip to Germany followed by visits to Italy in late September and Spain in mid-October.
Meanwhile, the Racing Team Turkey trio of Salih Yoluc, Jack Aitken and Belfast’s Charlie Eastwood missed out on winning the Pro-Am LMP2 race at Monza on Sunday by six thousandths of a second to Nielsen Racing at the Four Hours of Monza – round three of the 2022 European Le Mans Series.
The result was only decided in the sprint to the finish, with Ben Hanley in the number 24 Nielsen car getting the jump on Aitken and the number 47 Algarve Pro Racing Oreca driven by James Allen.
“Overall, it was a pretty good race for us, and we have picked up more important Championship points,” said Eastwood. “It is great to come away with the podium and keep the title fight going.”