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.
Mokpo, South Korea – After yesterday’s fantastic run from Peter Terting in the #30 Hyundai Motorsport i30 N TCR, which he took both P1 positions for Q1 and Q2, a Drive Through Penalty at the start saw Terting drop a couple of notches down only to fight his way back up to third, though this gave E-Rain Racing’s Noh Dong Gi and Andrew Kim a 1-2 finish for Round 5 of the 2018 TCR Korea Touring Car Series. In Round 6 it was Indigo Racing’s #99 Kim Jin Soo and #87 Kang Byung Hui that took first and third spot on the podium. Separating the two was the #85 BrandNew Racing Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR of Namsu Jung.
Adidas Motorsport one of the sponsors of TCR Korea had their very own booth selling merchandise with two Hyundai Veloster Ns parked outside.
In the overall driver standings, its E-Rain Racing’s Andrew Kim who takes top spot on 84 points, second and third goes to Indigo Racing’s Kang Byung Hui with 83 points and the #97 Hyundai i30 N TCR of Cho Hoon Hyun in third on 52 points. Overall team standings winner was Indigo Racing with 140 points, second was E-Rain Racing on 87 points and in third, BrandNew Racing with 86 points.
Sunday’s Race 1 kicked off at 9.55AM with fantastic weather as temperatures hovered at a cool 13 degrees. This morning saw a new addition to the grid, the #85 BrandNew Racing Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR driven by Namsu Jung who by the way was the last round’s champion. A clash of schedules meant that BrandNew Racing was unable to make it for Qualifying yesterday but the team nevertheless rushed down to Mokpo to ensure they are still in the title run.
On grid upfront was Peter Terting in the #30 Hyundai Motorsport i30 N TCR, second was the #19 E-Rain Racing Hyundai i30 N TCR of Noh Dong Gi. Third on grid was Kim Jin Soo driving the #99 Indigo Racing Hyundai i30 N TCR, fourth was the #20 E-Rain Racing Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR with Andrew Kim at the wheel and the final spot on grid was the #03 KMSA Motorsport Hyundai i30 N TCR of Kang Dong Woo. The #85 BrandNew Racing Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR driven by Namsu Jung started from the pits as he did not have a qualifying time.
The race went out without a hitch as Peter Terting immediately took the lead though race stewards concluded that he had a jump start and was given a Drive Through Penalty on Lap 7. This paved the way for the #19 E-Rain Racing Hyundai i30 N TCR of Noh Dong Gi to take the lead with second spot now going to fellow team-mate, Andrew Kim in the #20 E-Rain Racing Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR and in third now was the #99 Indigo Racing Hyundai i30 N TCR of Kim Jin Soo. The #03 KMSA Motorsport Hyundai i30 N TCR of Kang Dong Woo pitted in on Lap 9, apparently with mechanical issues and was forced to retire from the race.
Peter Terting rejoined the race in seventh but quickly regained back a couple of spots and by Lap 10 he was back in fourth easily overtaking the back-markers. However the Hyundai Motorsport driver found himself stuck behind Kim Jin Soo in the #99 Indigo Racing Hyundai i30 as the two continued battling for third position. Upfront, Noh Dong Gi and Andrew Kim of E-Rain Racing were enjoying a rather stress free run as the duo were separated by just a second by Lap 20, whilst third place Kim Jin Soo was a distant seven seconds behind.
At that very same lap, Peter Terting finally made his move on the #99 Indigo Racing Hyundai i30 N TCR, putting his #30 Hyundai Motorsport i30 back in podium contention. Peter Terting wasted no time as he quickly closed the gap between his car and the E-Rain Racing’s 1-2 placement, bringing the difference down to just five seconds in just two laps but that was not enough to catch up with the race leaders.
In the end it was a picture perfect finish for E-Rain Racing as the #19 Hyundai i30 of Noh Dong Gi and the #20 Volkswagen Golf GTI of Andrew Kim took first and second place respectively for Round 5 of the 2018 TCR Korea Touring Car Series. In third was Peter Terting who fought hard to take the final spot on podium. Fourth and fifth place went to the Indigo Racing Hyundai i30 duo of #87 Kang Byung Hui and #99 Kim Jin Soo. Rounding up the final spot was the #85 BrandNew Racing Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR with Namsu Jung at the wheel.