The TCR International circus is back in action at Germany’s Oschersleben, a 2.2 mile circuit known for the famous and treacherous turns 1-2 “Hotel” complex.
The 2016 contest was dominated by SEAT where both Pepe Oriola and Mat’o Homola won. However, through the 2017 TCR Germany season, we have seen the Honda Civic be the car to have at Oschersleben where Kris Richard set the qualifying track record and Josh Files captured the race track record, so this may be a good weekend for the boys from M1RA.
24 cars will race with Attila Tassi leading the way after sweeping the previous rounds in Hungary. Tassi will be hit with some success ballast however as he gets hit with 30kg. Pepe Oriola is the only other competitor who gets success ballast with 10kg additional weight.
Aside from the normal championship contenders, we also get a few new and returning faces to the grid. 17 year old Danny Kroes will make his TCR International debut with a Ferry Monster Autosport SEAT Leon. Kroes is hoping this debut turns into a full-season seat for 2018. Antother 17 year old making his International debut is Luca Engstler, who will be pulling double duty in his normal TCR Germany VW Golf ride and the International Series for his Father’s team. Returning to the series is Jaap Van Lagen with a third Leopard Racing VW Gold entry, who subbed for Rob Huff at Monza earlier in the season. Boutsen Ginion Racing also return to TCR International action with 22 year old Aurelien Panis, son of former Formula One pilot, Olivier Panis.
Free practice 1 kicks off on Sautrday July 9th at 9:15a local time with race 1 starting on Sunday at 12:35.