The Golf GTI TCR keeps getting better. Although it had a shaky start to the season in Bahrain, it’s up to speed and winning races, like last weekend’s Imola Event.

The well bearded Stefano Comini, driving for Leopard Racing, started out the weekend on a high, winning the weekend’s first race and coming in third in the second race.

“The most important thing about this victory was from Leopard Racing,” said Comini after the race. “They did an incredible job with the Volkswagen; now the car is competitive. To win here in Imola is like winning at home, since Lugano is really nearby. The race was quite perfect – I managed my tyres as I didn’t want to stress them too much, the car was consistent and I think I did a perfect job.”

Comini started the first race in fourth and worked his way up the grid. In so doing, he passed Davit Kajaia, also racing in a Golf GTI TCR, but under the Team Luqui Molly Engstler banner. Kajaia finished third. This is something of a return to form for Comini, who is a previous TCR champion.

Race two was a little less successful, with Comini only coming in third, although he started in fifth. The race was good for Leopard Racing, though, Jean-Karl Vernay finishing in fourth, getting the team into third place in the championship.


Comini (101 pts) meanwhile is firmly in second place in the driver’s rankings, behind Pepe Oriola (116 pts), racing a SEAT Leon TCR.

The teams next meet in Salzburg, Austria on June 5.