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Mat’o Homola and Dusan Borkovic slam “destruction derby” of a race

Target Competition drivers Mat’o Homola and Dusan Borkovic have taken aim at their rivals after an incident-heavy first race at Hockenheim, which saw both of the Hyundai drivers retire with heavily damaged i30 N TCRs.

Homola started 11th and Borkovic 14th, but the two drivers were quickly involved in incidents, with Homola forced out wide at the final corner by Stian Paulsen’s Cupra, before he was then involved in an incident with WestCoast Racing driver Gianni Morbidelli at the hairpin.

Borkovic meanwhile was sporting damage early on, and was involved in several incidents, with both Luca and John Filippi as his car continued to pick up more and more damage as the race went on, eventually stopping on the final lap.

“I didn’t’ have a good start, and then on the straight at the hairpin, somebody hit me which destroyed my rear bumper completely, and that made me hit someone with my front, and then there were alarms on the car with the bonnet completely up,” said Borkovic to TouringCarTimes.

“I couldn’t turn on the right-hand corners, it felt like we had a loose driveshaft, we had no grip and I just had to try to survive. On the last lap and (John) Filippi and those guys hit me while fighting for 15th like they were fighting for P1.

“I was hoping for at least some points. I didn’t like the behaviour of some drivers. Some of these new drivers they don’t know me, but I’ll get them back for sure.

“After missing Q2 by just a few tenths, my plan was to just survive these races. I didn’t survive the first race, I hope I’ll survive the second one.”

Homola’s race was full of incident from the start, but he’d eventually retire while down in 24th and bring out the race’s only safety car.

“I gained some positions at the start, but there were some incidents with (Stian) Paulsen, two in one sector is crazy, honestly,” explained Homola to TouringCarTimes.

“I was pushed off the corner by ten metres, and then (Gianni) Morbidelli wanted to overtake three cars in the hairpin – and he hit me and that broke his wheel and I lost ten places.

“From then-on, I had a brake problem after that, so my race was over. I just wanted to get to the finish, but I got a puncture in the Sachs Kurve, and this was the end of this chaotic race.”

Homola was damning in his assessment of the TCR Europe series driving standards in his second race in the series.

“This driving behaviour is completely horrible. It’s a destruction derby. We were driving with the same cars in WTCR, and it was manageable – this is just chaos – everybody is braking 50 metres later hoping to just crash into someone.

“From the front left door, to the rear of the car, my car is completely broken – and it’s all for fighting for P15 – where we are barely on the cameras.”