Kevin Gleason concluded the second weekend of the TCR International Series with a podium finish as part of a WestCoast Racing one-two-three at China’s Shanghai International Circuit (10-12 April).

With a career founded on touring car racing in the United States, Gleason opened the weekend’s proceedings by tussling for top honours in Friday’s (10 April) first practice session with teammate and former-Formula 1 driver Gianni Morbidelli, before topping the timesheets in FP2. 
 
After storming to pole position last time out in Malaysia a fortnight ago, Gleason took to the 3.39mile Shanghai International Circuit for the first of two qualifying sessions on Saturday (11 April), initially setting a time of 2m17.364s, but later bettering it by eight tenths of a second to line-up third for the weekend’s opening race, despite not hooking up his best lap.
 
Although pipped off the line by the fast-starting SEAT León and Audi TT of Stefano Comini and Mikhail Grachev, Gleason would later become entangled in a heated dual with the former to attract the attention of both the television cameras and trackside spectators.
 
It was the experienced endurance racer, Gleason, who would prevail to cement a WestCoast Racing podium lockout and claim his maiden piece of TCR silverware.
 
Gleason lined-up eighth for the weekend’s final reversed grid race and, still trying to hone his starts, he dropped to 12th away the line, before battling back through the field to break into the top ten.
 
Pennsylvania’s Gleason, who admitted his racing isn’t aggressive enough, fought ‘hammer and tongs’ to cross the finish line in an impressive sixth position, only five seconds adrift of eventual race winner Andrea Belicchi.
 
“Overall, it was a solid weekend, not only for me, but for WestCoast Racing as a team,” said Gleason. “We achieved a one-two-three in qualifying and the opening race and it was a great feeling to have all three drivers on the podium.
 
“In both races I was involved in some intense battles, which was partially self-inflicted due to my poor starts – this is something that I really need to work on. In all, we collected some good points this weekend and put on a great show for everyone watching the series, which certainly has a bright future.”

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