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Pepe Oriola claims TCR Spa 500 win for Red Camel-Jordans

Pepe Oriola was behind the wheel of the Red prepared Cupra TCR as the chequered flag dropped, claiming a superior victory of the 2019 TCR Spa 500 with co-drivers Tom Coronel, Rik Breukers and Ivo Breukers.

The Dutch team won the race six laps ahead of the official Peugeot entry of DG Sport Compétition with drivers Aurélien Comte, Julien Briché and Teddy Clairet.

Oriola started the race for team Red and claimed the lead early in the race. The DG Sport Compétition drivers tried to close the gap but ultimately lost out due to more frequent pit stops to refuel.

TOPCAR Sports with Bas Koeten Racing claimed the final podium spot, four further laps behind the Peugeot team, with drivers Julien Apothéloz, Mikel Azcona, Fabian Danz, Antti Buri and Kari-Pekka Laaksonen.

Viper Niza Racing with drivers Douglas Khoo, Dominic Ang, Fariqe Hairuman and Melvin Moh finished fourth, to win the Pro/Am class, ahead of AC Motorsport in fifth position with drivers Stephane Perrin, Vincent Radermecker, Stewart Lines and Mathieu Detry, driving an Audi RS 3 LMS.

There were two incidents in the last part of the race. Alex Au went off at Blanchimont with two hours and 35 minutes left of the race, causing a Code 60 caution period.

The final Code 60 caution period came right at the end of the race as Peter Falhström of Lestrup Racing went off at Campus, causing major damage to their Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR, with 15 minutes left on the clock.

The field was let go with three minutes left and the chequered flag dropped after 23 hours, as the winning Cupra TCR of Red Camel-Jordans completed lap 454.

12 cars were classified of the 17-car field.

The 2020 TCR Spa 500 race will be held on May 1-3rd.