WOLF INHERITS WIN AFTER PENALTIES
After the rain on the track during the first race in Zandvoort, a rain of penalties poured on the competitors of TCR Germany.
Seventeen drivers received a 30-second time penalty either for changing the tyres on the grid while the race was suspended following the incident at the start, or for committing infringements during the safety car interventions.
Among the drivers who were dropped were race winner Niels Langeveld (from 1st to 13th), Max Hofer (5th to 14th), Mike Halder (6th to 15th), Luca Engstler (8th to 16th), Sheldon van der Linde (9th to 26th) and Tim Zimmermann (11th to 17th).
Jason Wolfe of Liqui Moly Team Engstler inherited the win, while Rik Breukers (Bas Koeten Racing) and Josh Files (Target Competition) completed the podium.
This further stretched Files’ leading margin in the championship to 129 points ahead of Moritz Oestreich (234 against 115)
LANGEVELD ACTUALLY WINS RACE 2
After being stripped of yesterday’s victory in Zandvoort’s Race 1, Neils Langeveld won the second race, the eight round of TCR Germany. The Dutch driver was sitting on pole position and took command at the start in his Racing One Audi RS3 LMS, while championship leader Josh Files overtook Sheldon van der Linde for second. On lap 2, van der Linde retook the position from Files who was chased by yesterday’s winner Jason Wolfe.
On lap 5, Florian Thoma’s Volkswagen got stranded in the gravel at T1 and the safety car was deployed. When the race resumed, Files began to lose positions and dropped down from third to 14th. On lap 9, Stefan Goede punted Rudolf Rhyn off onto the gravel, which promoted the safety car once again while a light rain began to fall.
The race restarted for good with eight minutes left on the clock; Mike Halder overtook Steve Kirsch and Sandro Kaibach, moving up to fourth, while Luca Engstler was struggling to defend his seventh place from the assaults of Harald Proczyk and Pascal Eberle; eventually they both managed to pass the young German.
On the last lap, Halder and Wolfe made contact while fighting for third, but the American kept the position, crossing the line behind Langeveld and van der Linde. Despite finishing 14th, Files maintained a solid margin in the standings, as his closest competitor, Halder, is lying 104 points behind him.
The series will resume in two weeks at the Nürburgring for rounds 9 and 10