Red secures TCE win at 24H COTA USA

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The Red Cupra TCR DSG (#101, Ivo Breukers / Steven Liquorish / Jerimy Daniel / Jean-Francois Hevey) rounds out the 2019 24H SERIES season at the Circuit of the Americas with victory in the TCE division.

Jerimy Daniel took the chequered flag to complete 546 laps of the 5.513km Formula 1 Grand prix facility and secure the Dutch Cupra its first win at the 24H COTA USA.

Including the standalone TCR SPA 500, this result marks the third victory of the season for the Dutch outfit. So impressive was the team’s run that Red even finished inside the overall top 10.

“This is an amazing result for such a small team!” an overjoyed Ivo Breukers told’s Joe Bradley. “To be honest we had some problems and we were quite lucky with a Code 60 when we had shock absorber failure. But we kept on pushing and never gave up. I still can’t believe it!”

Despite running out of fuel earlier in the race and dropping out of the TCE top five, the AC Motorsport Audi RS3 LMS (#188, Stephane Perrin / Vincent Radermecker / Matthew Taskinen / Will Neal) recovered to finish 2nd. Both teams were joined on the podium by the Autorama Motorsport by Wolf-Power Racing Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR (#112, Jérôme Ogay / Constantin Kletzer / Roberto Ferri / Alberto Vescovi / Yannick Mettler), which now adds the Overall TCE Teams’ title in the 24H SERIES Continents championship to the European honours the Swiss outfit secured in Barcelona.

The MONLAU COMPETICION Cupra TCR DSG (#107, Stuart Hall / Christopher Kemp / David Tinn / Tom Black) finished a well-deserved 4th in the TCE division, just ahead of the TOPCAR sport by Bas Koeten Racing Cupra TCR DSG (#131, Fabian Danz / Antti Buri  / Kari-Pekka Laaksonen / Ronny Jost). The latter was classified 5th but retired two hours from home with terminal drivetrain issues. Ironically, both Cupras had repeatedly locked horns for outright TCE victory during the early stages. 

The Sorg Rennsport BMW M240i Racing Cup (#851, Benito Tagle / Michael Nielsen / Frank S. Woody III / Johan Schwartz) completed a strong run to win the CUP1 class and finish 7th overall in the TCE division, just behind the second Autorama Motorsport by Wolf-Power Racing Volkswagen (#114, Lukas Desserich / Stefan Tanner / Yannick Mettler / Christoph Ulrich / Jérôme Ogay).

The 24H COTA USA draws the curtain on this year’s 24H SERIES. Endurance racing action with CREVENTIC will return in the New Year with the 15th annual running of the 24H DUBAI at the Dubai Autodrome on 9-10-11 January 2020.