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Moran makes 2 from 2 for Engstler

Diego Moran won the second race of the opening round TCR Asia in Sepang, Malaysia, giving himself the championship lead as drama ensued behind.

The ecuadorian started third in his Volkswagon Golf courtesy of the top five reversed grid with Jasper thong’s Phoenix Racing Asia Audi RS3 LMS on pole ahead of his teammate.

Thong made a terrible with Moran taking the lead into the first corner, followed by Tin Sritrai’s similar Team Thailand run car and would soon be joined by Moran’s teammate and race one winner Katandhee Kusiri.

Kusiri was clearly in a hurry to pass his fellow Thai racer as contact was made when Kusiri tapped the back of Sritrai on lap two.

A lap later however, Kusiri thought he had made his move stick when he dived down the inside of his countryman, only for Sritrai to turn in and make more contact, causing Kusiri to come into the pits for repairs.

As Moran came under pressure from the Team Thailand Golf in the latter stages of the race his teammate would finish last and two laps down.

Moran held on just 0.886s ahead of Sritrai who was later given a thirty second penalty for the incident with Kusiri, dropping him to sixth.

This promoted the two R Engineering Honda Civics of Lai Wee Sing and Abdul Kaathir to second and third with Thong eventually recovering to fourth.

James Bourke

TCR correspondent

Photo:TCR media

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