2018 TCR Korea Round 3,4
30 September 2018
Inje, South Korea
Only five cars took part in TCR Korea's second event at Inje Speedium, where Kang Byung Hui in the Indigo Racing Hyundai i30 N and Jung Nam Su in the Brand New Racing Volkswagen Golf GTI won one race apiece.
Andrew Kim overtook pole sitter Noh Dong Gi on the outside of T1 to take the lead in the first race. During the opening lap the five drivers delivered some close fights, clashing and pushing each other. Kang Byung Hui emerged in second position behind Kim with Jung Nam Su in third, followed by Noh and Cho Hoon Hyun.
Soon the gaps began to grow and Kim built a comfortable lead, but he was under investigation for a jump-start that resulted in a drive through that he served on the penultimate lap. He rejoined in third position, was able to overtake Jung, but couldn’t catch up Kang who won the race.
In the second race, Kim stalled the engine at the start and found himself six seconds behind the rest of the field; Cho was leading from Jung, Kang and Noh. On lap 6 Jung attacked Cho, they made contact and Cho spun and rejoined. Kim overtook Noh for fourth on lap 7, then passed Kang for third on lap 8 and began to close in on Cho.
Kim moved up to second on lap 15 and desperately tried to get closer to Jung but eventually had to settle in second position, nine tenths behind Jung, while Cho handed third place to his teammate Kang who retained the leadership in the standings, two points over Kim.
TCR Korea’s inaugural season will come to an end at Yeongam’s Korea International Circuit on November 3 and 4.