During 2019, TCR Talk will be following the progress of the various British drivers racing in TCR Series abroad. We continue this series with Bradley Burns, who is competing in the 2019 ADAC TCR Germany Touring Car Championship for Pyro Motorsport Honda…
Here is the TCR Talk roundup of Bradley’s performance at the Most Autodrome circuit in the Czech Republic, from Qualifying all the way through to Race One on Saturday and Race Two on Sunday…
Qualifying at Most…
Burns is back in action this weekend where he will race in rounds three and four of the series at the Most Autodrome in the Czech Republic, another new circuit for the team and the Pyro Motorsport driver.
With the TCR Germany races taking place on Saturday and Sunday, Burns had a successful Qualifying session where he lined up in tenth place for race one, meaning that the British driver was on pole position for the reverse grid race two.
Race One at Most…
Despite a rocket start from tenth place on the grid, things didn’t go according to plan for Bradley Burns in race one. The run down to the first corner saw several cars make contact, which unfortunately included the Pyro Motorsport driver.
Contact with Jessica Backman in the guest run Team Engslter Hyundai meant that the British driver had to pit with rear left wheel damage. However, the team effected repairs during the Safety Cat period and Burns was back on track.
Despite being a lap down, he made several places against the other lapped drivers and came home in fifteenth place.
Race Two at Most…
Another rocket start from pole position meant that Burns led into turn one at the start from fellow Honda racer Dominik Fugel.
It was a quiet start, with Burns keeping the advantage, building up a lead of around 1.5 seconds as Fugel battled with Antti Buri in his Audi RS3 LMS. As these two drivers duelled and diced for second place, the Honda driver extended his advantage.
However, Buri got past Fugel and set after Burns, closing the distance down to the Pyro Motorsport Honda and putting pressure on the young British driver.
The last laps were exciting, as Buri began to attack Burns, with both cars often drifting sideways as tyre degradation set in. They drove abreast through the esses, rubbing door-to-door however Buri had the inside line for turn six and took the lead, holding on to take the victory ahead of Burns.
Burns reflects on Most…
“Overall it’s been a very positive weekend and I’m really pleased to have achieved my first overall podium of the season.”
“In Race 1, I made up six places before the first corner but got caught up in some contact at the chicane which damaged the rear tow arm. The guys at Pyro did a great job to get the car out again once I pitted so we could maximise the track time and finish the race. I think we could have finished well without the contact, but I had a lot of fun trying to do what I could from 2 laps down.”
“On Sunday in Race 2, I managed to control the race from pole until the final few corners, but I had to really look after the tyres in the last 4 laps and, as wide as I tried to make the car, (Antti) Buri took the lead from me on the last lap. It was a great feeling to get on the podium and take the win in the Junior Class – hopefully, we can take this promising pace onto Red Bull Ring in 3 weeks.”
The next rounds of the 2019 ADAC TCR Germany Touring Car Championship will be at the Red Bull Ring on 7-9 June.
TCR Talk will be following Bradley Burns, with great interest as he competes in one of the toughest TCR Series that is part of the Global TCR Family.
I will be keeping things up to date on here as well as in The Official TCR Talk Group & The TCR UK Fans Group where members will also be sharing their thoughts and any news from The 2019 FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR), The 2019 TCR Europe Touring Car Series, The 2019 TCR UK Touring Car Championship and other Domestic & Regional TCR Series from around the world.
All images are used in this blog are courtesy of ADAC Motorsport/Gruppe C unless otherwise credited.
Until next time, all the best!