Rob Huff and Stefano Comini won the Suncity Group Macau Guia Races on a day when a series of crashes depleted the field.
Huff had dominated the first race of the day, despite coming under threat on the first run down to Lisboa when Comini and Jordi Gene got either side of him on the drag away from the start.
After a brief safety car period to clear up the wreckage from a pile-up triggered when Francisco Mora crashed at Mandarin, Huff pulled clear again to finish the first race 7.8 seconds ahead of Gene, with title rivals Comini and Pepe Oriola finishing third and fourth.
Huff’s hopes of taking a double were dashed right at the start of the main Guia event when he and Gene clashed on the run through the first left-hand kink.
Both men were pitched in to the barriers and there was chaos as the pursuing cars ploughed in to the wreckage. Ten cars were eliminated and, with the circuit blocked, there was no choice but to bring out the red flag.
At the restart after a short safety car period, Comini led away clearly but came under intense pressure from Oriola – who knew that victory would be his only chance of winning the TCR International Series championship, towards which the Macau Guia Race 2.0T counts.
The pair rubbed door panels several times at Lisboa in their fiercely fought battle, but the matter was finally settled on lap eight when Oriola ran in to the back of Comini under braking for Lisboa.
Although making it around the corner, Oriola’s car slowed almost immediately and he came to a stop shortly afterwards with smoke pouring from his engine.
Comini went on to win the race and the inaugural TCR title – finishing ahead of Andrea Belicchi and Mikhail Grachev.
Ecstatic over his win, Comini said, “I have no words to explain. It is really something special to win the championship and to win Macau. To do both together is just wow!”