Toyota Team Argentina driver Bernardo Llaver has now taken over as the best-placed TCR South America driver in the KUMHO TCR World Ranking, following his thrilling race victory in heavy rain on Sunday morning at the Velopark circuit in Brazil.
Llaver has now moved ahead of his title rival Ignacio Montenegro in the ranking, up eight places to 16th overall, with Montenegro climbing five spots himself to move up to 17th, putting two of the series’ drivers in the top 20. Montenegro’s Squadra Martino teammate Juan Manuel Casella climbed up to 24th in the ranking, so is also well-placed in the order.
W2 Pro GP driver Raphael Reis has also moved into the top 30 following his fourth-place finish on Sunday afternoon. With Juan Ángel Rosso 31st, Fabricio Pezzini 38th, and Esteban Guerrieri in 41st, seven drivers from the highly competitive championship are set to directly qualify for the TCR World Ranking Final event next week.
The TCR Europe races at Monza also created some key changes in the ranking. Tom Coronel held on to ninth place, edging slightly closer to Néstor Girolami despite a somewhat mixed weekend for the series’ leader, with a DNF and a third-place finish.
Coronel’s team-mate and title rival John Filippi also held on to 19th after a below average weekend for the two-time race winner this season, while the two race winners Kobe Pauwels and Ruben Volt made up fantastic ground in the ranking. Pauwels climbed seven spots to 33rd, and Volt moved 20 spots to 50th, almost certainly securing a spot for the TCR World Ranking Final event when the first two priority lists are confirmed next week.
You can see all the movements this week which also incorporate the results of the Baltic Touring Car Championship, the BEC4H series, FFSA TC France, and the Campeonato de España Resistencia at www.tcr-worldranking.com.
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