After losing the victory on Saturday due to a false start, Anthony Jurado (Milan Compétition) bounced back in style on Sunday to win ahead of David Pouget (GPA Racing) and Nicolas Milan (Milan Compétition), who still leads the Clio Cup Europe after the Hungaroring meeting. Pole Jerzy Spinkiewicz (Uniq Racing) and Italian Quinto Stefana (Milan Competition) took top honours in the Challengers Cup and Gentlemen Drivers Cup.
Winner of the first race in Budapest, David Pouget confirmed his ease with the Hungarian track with pole position ahead of a trio of Milan Compétition drivers, Nicolas Milan, Anthony Jurado and Marc Guillot. Challenger Cup racer Jerzy Spinkiewicz completed the top five in qualifying.
Although David Pouget kept the advantage in the first two corners, the Frenchman made contact with rival Nicolas Milan in turn three. The latter managed to get back on track to resume his race whilst his teammate Mathieu Lannepoudenx (Milan Compétition) was the victim of a collision with Alessandro Brigatti (Progetto E20 Motorsport), which reshuffled the order in the field.
After a safety car period, the race resumed on lap five. David Pouget had to fend off the attacks of Anthony Jurado, who in turn was followed closely by Marc Guillot whilst Jerzy Spinkiewicz took fourth place from Tomas Pekar (Carpek Services) in front of Nicolas Milan.
On lap six, Anthony Jurado passed David Pouget to take the lead, but he saw his rival filling his rearview mirror without getting away from a bunched leading group in which Nicolas Milan regained ground by overtaking Tomas Pekar, then Jerzy Spinkiewicz, before attacking Marc Guillot.
Anthony Jurado and David Pouget took advantage of the battle behind them to increase the gap to fight for victory in the final minutes. Anthony Jurado kept his composure to win ahead of his countryman while Nicolas Milan passed Marc Guillot on the penultimate lap to complete the podium, followed by his teammate and Challengers Cup winner, Jerzy Spinkiewicz. Tomas Pekar finished sixth after resisting the attacks of Nico Abella (Chefo Sport), who overtook Guillaume Maio (GM Sport) on lap eight. Hungary’s Gabor Tim (GM Sport) was ninth on home soil, while Juuso Panttila (Carpek Services) completed the top ten. Quinto Stefana won among the Gentlemen Drivers, passing Horn (GPA Racing) with two laps remaining. Stephan Polderman (Chefo Sport) finished third in the category.
CLIO CUP EUROPE
Thanks to his win over David Pouget, Anthony Jurado also won in Clio Cup Europe. With his third-place finish, Nicolas Milan still leads in the general classification, but everything is still to play for after the first four meetings of the calendar. Jerzy Spinkiewicz increased his number of victories in the Challengers Cup to seven, with his win ahead of Nico Abella and Guillaume Maio. The Pole now has more than double the points of his closest challenger, Guillaume Maio. Quinto Stefana won ahead of Horn and Stephan Polderman, to whom the Italian takes over the lead of the Gentlemen Drivers Cup based on his number of second-place results.
CLIO CUP EASTERN EUROPE
Leading from start to finish, Anthony Jurado claimed his third success in four Clio Cup Eastern Europe appearances. Although he finished behind his teammate, Marc Guillot increased his lead in the general classification by finishing ahead of Tomas Pekar. Juuso Panttila finished fourth to extend his lead in the Challengers Cup with his fourth consecutive victory ahead of Chen Han Lin (Uniq Racing) and Henrik Seibel (Carpek Service), who was penalised for his involvement in a collision with Jacopo Giuseppe Cimenes (Essecorse). Stephan Polderman sealed his Hungarian double in the Gentlemen Drivers Cup by getting the better of Rene Steenmetz. The two Dutch drivers leave Budapest on equal points in the class.
The Clio Cup will be back in action next week at the Mugello circuit for a joint meeting with Clio Cup Italia and Clio Cup France. A field of nearly 50 cars is expected in Emilia-Romagna.
ABOUT THE CLIO CUP
Since the launch of the R8 Gordini Cup in 1966, Renault has maintained a continuous presence on circuits around the world. Several thousand Clio Cups have been sold since 1991, and all five generations have been recognised for their performance, reliability and affordability. With its experience in promotional formulas and one-make series, Renault provides its savoir-faire and expertise to professionals and amateurs by offering a modern product adapted to their needs. In 2022, the Clio Cup will be in action in the Clio Cup Europe but also in Clio Cup France, Clio Cup Spain, Clio Cup Italia and Clio Cup Eastern Europe, thanks to an innovative calendar opening up numerous opportunities for competitors from all backgrounds : experienced drivers, Challengers and Gentlemen Drivers !
Renault, a historic mobility brand and pioneer of electric vehicles in Europe, has always developed innovative vehicles. With the ‘Renaulution’ strategic plan, Renault has embarked on an ambitious, value-generating transformation moving towards a more competitive, balanced and electrified range. Its ambition is to embody modernity and innovation in technology, energy and mobility services in the automotive industry and beyond.