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Misano race result amended after Michele Imberti’s fire

The stewards have revised the classification of TCR Italy Race 1 at Misano, host of the 2024 season opener, which ended with a red flag after Michele Imberti’s Hyundai Elantra N TCR caught fire.

It was lap 16 when Imberti, then placed second, had to abruptly leave his car stranded in the run-off area after his Hyundai caught fire.

The safety car was deployed and, on lap 18, the race was red-flagged. There was some confusion on the podium as the provisional results showed Imberti in second place, unable to participate in the podium ceremony due to being on the track during the recovery process.

The stewards have now revised the classification, indicating that the valid race order is that of lap 17, with race winner Alex Ley as winner, Scuderia del Girasole’s Salvatore Tavano (Cupra) in second place and Solite Indigo Racing’s Junui Park (Hyundai) completing the podium.

Imberti is dropped down to 13th place.

The championship classification has also been revised, with Ley in the lead with 55 points, ten ahead of Tavano and 15 over series newcomer Kim Hwarang.

The TCR Italy field returns to action on Sunday morning at 10:00 CEST for Race 2.