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Gdovic takes hard fought race 2 win in Dubai

American Brandon Gdovic made it two from two for Engstler Motorsport in the TCR Middle East series in race two at Dubai Autodrome after an intense four car battle fell his way when James Kaye made a mistake late on.

Kaye had made his way to the front in the new CadSpeed Audi RS3 LMS in an impressive debut but ran wide with just a handful of laps to go, giving the two Engstler Volkswagon Golfs of Gdovic and Mat’o Homola first and second.

The Brit would initially take third but was penalised 39 seconds after the race for making contact with Filip Sladecka’s Engstler Golf and not taking his drive-through for the incident.

However Kaye insists he did nothing wrong and refused the drive-through as Sladecka had missed a gear when Kaye was attempting to pass, forcing the contact.

Kaye’s penalty gave Engstler Motorsport a 1-2-3-4 with Sladecka and Stefan Goede taking third and fourth respectively and dropping the BTCC veteran to fifth.

Gdovic will go in to Abu Dhabi on 10th February as championship leader after race one winner Luca Engstler could do no better than sixth and lady racer Michela Cerruti, who finished second in race one, was forced to retire the Mulsanne Racing Alfa Romeo Guilietta with suspension failure.

James Bourke

TCR correspondent

Photo:TCR media

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