The fourth meeting of the FIA WTCR presented by Oscaro will remain a hallmark in the annals of the DG Sport Compétition team: closely watched by hundreds of thousands of fans massed around the Zandvoort circuit, Aurélien Comte brilliantly offered the Belgian team’s Peugeot 308 TCR its first victory in this world round! While he was at it the young Frenchman made it in the final round in a weekend that we will not quickly forget.
Having taken a dream start on Saturday which had allowed him to clinch a 2nd place in the opening race of this Dutch meeting, Aurélien Comte did even better this Sunday midday. On the first row of the grid next to the experienced James Thompson, the Peugeot 308 TCR driver shot off like a devil out of his box to take on the Tarzan curve in the lead: “It’s true, I did manage another perfect start … and this time around it allowed me to take command of the race. As from that moment I focussed on my own race and my driving. I knew that James Thompson was ready to pounce if given the slightest opening, but I managed to keep to a rhythm not allowing him to go into the attack.”
In the 6th lap, the race was neutralised as the result of Fabrizio Giovanardi going off, but similar to the previous day, Aurélien Comte perfectly negotiated the restart to keep his nearest pursuers at bay. Masterfully handling the events like a veteran, the DG Sport Compétition team’s driver took the chequered flag some 4 seconds ahead of his heir apparent.
And to finalise this great weekend next to the sand dunes of the North Sea, the Peugeot 308 TCR n°7 driver claimed the points of 7th place in the final confrontation, bringing him into a provisional 12th spot in this world competition!
Less at ease on this circuit that he was discovering, Mato Homola was unable to get into the points. However, the young Slovak did progress over the weekend and gained some additional experience that should allow him to perform well in the upcoming rounds of the FIA WTCR presented by Oscaro, notably at Vila Real in Portugal on the 23rd and 24th June.
We leave the final word to Christian Jupsin, the man heading up DG Sport Compétition, who was invited to join the young victor on the highest tread of the podium: “No need to explain the pride and delight that the entire team feels following this first victory in the FIA WTCR where the level is extremely high. Now that we have had a taste of victory, there’s only one thing we can hope for: more of the same!”