There were Austrian celebrations for young Ulster racing driver, Chris Smiley from Carrickfergus after he scored his first victory in what proved to be one of the closest races ever held in the Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup at the Spielberg Circuit.
In a dramatic finish, three Cup Scirocco cars crossed the line together as they battled to clinch the top spot and Smiley just had the edge, finishing 0.1 seconds ahead of Denmark’s Nicolaj Moller Madsen.
Third place in the race held in picturesque Alpine surroundings went to Swedish driver Victor Bouveng who was 0.2 seconds behind.
“I am absolutely thrilled at having achieved my first win; however it was a dramatic race on this tricky up-and-down circuit.
“I got off to a good start and waited for Moritz Oberheim to make a mistake.
“We then found ourselves alongside each other on a corner, it got narrower and narrower, and we briefly came into contact, a perfectly normal race duel.
The end of the race was then very tough too, with Nicolaj and Victor both pushing really hard. But I managed to bag the win,” added Smiley.
The County Antrim driver is no stranger to one make race series as he was a regular racing Mini Coopers and he has raced at his home circuit Kirkistown, on those occasions he was competing in the Scottish Mini Cooper Championship.