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Jack Young: “Consistency” in the heat earned Barcelona win

Halder Motorsport’s Jack Young says “consistency” in his approach each lap helped him win TCR Europe Race 1 at Barcelona.

Young started from pole position, and resisted a lot of pressure from Comtoyou Racing’s Tom Coronel in the first few laps. Coronel’s Audi RS 3 LMS II then started to slide more and more as the tyres heated up, and eventually it enabled Young to create a small lead gap in his Honda Civic Type R TCR.

It also lifted Young into the top ten in the championship standings.

“I would say consistency,” Young said when TouringCarTimes asked him what was the key to victory.

“I didn’t make a mistake the whole race, and I think the Audi was faster at the start, and by the end it had cooked its tyres. I just kept it steady and focused on what’s ahead of me instead of what’s behind me, and worked out better for us today.

“At the start of the race Tom was using the full track width and I was just trying to keep it clean, trying to keep off the kerbs as much as possible. I think that’s what helped me with the tyres. Near the end he had got more pressure in his because he was using more, and by the end I just managed to pull away and just kept it steady the last few laps.

“The car was mega today. The guys set it up brilliant, and thank you to JAS Motorsport and Halder, they did the best job today.”

Having topped qualifying, Young will start from tenth on the reversed grid for Race 2 on Sunday, which begins at 12:05 (CEST).

“Tomorrow’s going to be difficult. We’re back in the traffic tomorrow, the car doesn’t work as well in traffic. What we can do is try to go forward, and I think me and Tom were far ahead of the competition so maybe we could fight a way through tomorrow. But I need to jump Tom at the start though.”