Title push still alive despite missing upcoming races, says Mikel Azcona
TCR Europe series points leader Mikel Azcona has said he will have to maximize the rest of the races he will compete in this season after securing his second victory of the year at Paul Ricard.
Azcona has WTCR commitments to coincide with Zengo Motorsport alongside its TCR Europe race and will certainly miss Spa-Francorchamps at the end of July, due to its WTCR meeting in Adria.
Despite this, Azcona still believes he can fight for the title, with Paul Ricard’s performance with significant weight compensation in his Cupra León Competición proving his raw speed.
“We did what was possible [before the weekend] because with 60kg in our car and 100kg of difference between us and the Peugeot, I can’t do much [to compete] with them, so for us second place is a very good result, ”Azcona told TouringCarTimes.
“For now, the championship is good for us, but unfortunately I will not participate in the next round because I have another meeting, so it will be difficult the next two races.
“It will be difficult for me this year, but I remain that it is possible to win the championship, if we make the most of the race that I am doing. I have a good feeling with the car and our pace is really good even with a heavy car.
“I will miss Spa so that will make it difficult, but I will do my best in all races and hope to keep fighting for the title.”
After his last podium, Azcona extended his points lead over Sébastien Loeb Racing’s Mehdi Bennani to 51 ahead of Zandvoort, while Jimmy Clairet climbed to third place with 87 points after his double podium weekend.
Franco Girolami is fourth in the standings after another solid encounter, but is just three points ahead of Felice Jelmini of SLR and Tom Coronel of Comtoyou Racing.
After frustrating weekends in France, Nicolas Baert (Comtoyou Racing Audi RS 3 LMS) and Niels Langeveld (SLR Hyundai) follow closely behind, Dániel Nagy losing five places tied in eighth after missing Paul Ricard.
Teddy Clairet, after scoring just three points in Slovakia, is now in the top ten.