Comtoyou Racing wins TCR Europe with Audi
In a compact season lasting just eleven weeks, Comtoyou Racing won all three championship titles in TCR Europe with the Audi RS 3 LMS.
At the finale of the most prestigious European TCR touring car series in Jarama, Mehdi Bennani finished second in the last of twelve sprint races, enough to win the drivers championship with a 28-point lead.
The 37-year-old Moroccan was much more consistent over the course of the season than his 33 opponents and benefited from his qualifying strength. Bennani scored points in nine of twelve races, had started from pole position twice and was on the podium three times. The private Audi driver scored 50 of his 285 points alone, far more than any other driver, in qualifying. With a 105-point lead, Jean-Michel Baert’s team also secured the team classification of the racing series. Victory in the Yokohama Trophy, in which 13 drivers took part, went to his son Nicolas Baert. The 19-year-old Belgian won the class as best rookie in the Audi RS 3 LMS ahead of his Moroccan teammate Sami Taoufik. At the same time Baert finished his touring car debut season in the overall standings in a remarkable third place. In addition, Baert scored two successes in the TCR Benelux, based on four of the six rounds of the TCR Europe. Baert won this trophy ahead of Bennani and Taoufik, while the Audi customer team Comtoyou also won the team classification there.
This means that this season 13 overall or class titles have already gone to drivers and teams worldwide who put their trust in the Audi RS 3 LMS.