Bucsi beats Homola and Groszek to Brno victory on debut
Attila Bucsi impressed by winning the first TCR Eastern Europe race of the weekend at Brno on his debut, beating experienced racers Mat’o Homola and Bartosz Groszek.
The 16-year old Hungarian posted the fastest lap time in qualifying for Race 1 and lined up in pole-position ahead of the newly crowned champion Mat’o Homola of Janík Motorsport.
Homola managed to jump Bucsi at the start and led the pack into first corner, while Adam Kout passed Groszek for third. Kout was soon on the back bumper of Bucsi’s Hyundai i30 N TCR, passing him at the Kevin Schwantz corner.
Bucsi attempted to get back into second place on the next lap, but was not able to pass the Elantra driver. Kout was experiencing bodywork issues as the wheel-arch was rubbing into his front right tire.
The Czech racer was losing pace, which opened the door for Bucsi and Groszek to get back into second and third position respectively.
On lap three, Rene Kircher was overtaken by Giacomo Ghermandi for sixth position.
Young Hungarian racer Bucsi started to catch up to Homola during lap 6 and managed to get ahead of the reigning champion.
Davit Kajaia lost the car on the braking going into Turn 1 and parked his Honda Civic Type R TCR at the exit of the turn at lap nine, having sustained a front-left tire puncture.
The final race of the 2023 season starts on Sunday at 13:10 CEST.