Manuel Sapag is the name of the TCR South America Car One Grand Prix in El Pinar

Manuel Sapag is the name of the TCR South America Car One Grand Prix in El Pinar

Canelones (Uruguay), August 7, 2022 – With a climb from ninth to third place in race 1 and a point-to-point victory in race 2, Manuel Sapag was the winner of the Car One Grand Prix on the fifth date of the 2022 season of the TCR South America raced at the Victor Borrat Fabini circuit in El Pinar. Fastest from Friday’s free practice, the Argentine Lynk & Co #33 won for the first time in the category and closed the day as the driver with the highest score of the weekend.

His compatriot Juan Ángel Rosso was dominant in race 1, where he turned pole into victory in the #26 Honda Civic. Championship leader Fabricio Pezzini bounced back from a troublesome Saturday to finish with two top-five finishes, following penalties imposed by the stewards on Maglione, Reis and Rosso.

The races were pretty similar. In the first Rosso took the lead at the start and did not abandon it until the checkered flag. The fight was in the middle of the peloton where Sapag recovered from the bottom, where he started due to a penalty for changing the engine between dates, to come in third place and the uruguayan Enrique Maglione who had a brilliant start to place second and stay until crossing the goal. The Top 5 was completed with the brazilian Raphael Reis and Pezzini.

In the second the one who took command from the beginning was Sapag and he kept a great pace to take his first victory in the TCR South America. The podium was made up of the Brazilian Pedro Aizza and Reis, who was finally sanctioned with twenty seconds for a false start and was delayed until seventh place. The one who ascended to that place was Pezzini who also benefited from the surcharge of fifteen seconds for Maglione for a touch in the first corner of the race. Another who also had a twenty second penalty was Rosso, after an accident with Franco Farina with the safety car on the track.

With all these surcharges, which are suspended due to an appeal from the riders, the Top 10 was made up of Sapag, Aizza, Pezzini, Alceu Feldmann, Farina, Fernando Rama, Reis, Maglione, Fabio Casagrande and Rosso.

The TCR South America will return to action at Termas de Río Hondo (Santiago de Estero, Argentina) on August 27 and 28. A race that will be in endurance format that will have great international guests such as the Argentines Néstor Girolami and Esteban Guerrieri and the Uruguayan Santiago Urrutia.


“Everything went well, I thank the team and everyone who supports me. I finally got my first victory in TCR. I had a good pace but I was worried about the riders behind me and I was asking questions to keep up the pace, take care of the tires and keep the difference. In the end I sped up to secure victory.”
Manuel Sapag

“In the first race I had a correct start because I took care of myself because of what happened to me in Goiânia. The first three started the same but I was surprised by Enrique Maglione who even passed me at turn 1, but I was able to recover the position and complete an intelligent race”.
Juan Angel Rosso

“Very happy with this race at my home. I managed to make a good jump at the start where I fought for the first position with Rosso. I moved up to second position and fended off attacks from both Reis and Sapag. The Cupra is fast and difficult to maintain. But I managed to defend myself, with the result I ended up winning the Trophy Cup.”
Enrique Maglione

“Unfortunately, a stone in the radiator caused us to retire in the first race. That’s why we saved ourselves and tried to be strong for race 2 and it was a great decision. A great start put me in a good position and I was able to keep second place until the end. Every day we are closer to our first victory in the TCR”.
Pedro Aizza


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Championship: https://southamerica.tcr-series.com/campeonato2022/
Results: https://southamerica.tcr-series.com/race-results/