After following the likes of the FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR), the TCR Europe Touring Car Series and the TCR UK Touring Car Championship in recent seasons, TCR Talk will be following a new series for 2019:
The 2019 ADAC TCR Germany Touring Car Championship
Here is the TCR Talk roundup of all the action that took place at the Most circuit, from Qualifying all the way through to Race One on Saturday and Race Two on Sunday…
Second consecutive pole position for Proczyk
Reigning TCR Germany champion Harald Proczyk claimed a second consecutive pole position at Autodrom Most.
The Austrian driver and his HP Racing Hyundai i30 N set the fastest lap of the day seconds before the chequered flag was waved; he was clocked at 1:39.969 and demoted Mike Halder to second.
In Q1, Proczyk’s teammate Lukas Niedertscheider topped the timesheet with a lap 1:40.306 that was only four-thousandths of a second faster than Dominik Fugel’s 1:40.310.
Max Hesse, Proczyk, Antti Buri and Halder filled the positions third to sixth, while Jessica Bäckman set a brilliant seventh fastest lap on her guest appearance in the series. The second lady driver, Michelle Halder, was also able to make the cut for Q2 in twelfth position.
In Q2, Mike Halder posted a provisional fastest time of 1:40.049 on his first lap out and remained on top of the timesheet until Proczyk’s last effort in the session’s dying seconds. Hesse qualified in third position and will share the second row of the grid for Race 1 with Julien Apothéloz, while Dominik Fugel and Théo Coicaud will start from fifth and sixth.
Pole position for Race 2 was secured by Bradley Burns in the Pyro Motorsport Honda Civic, who qualified tenth for Race 1.
Lights-to-flag win for Mike Halder at Most
Mike Halder pipped pole sitter Harald Proczyk at the start of TCR Germany’s Race 1 at Most and claimed a lights-to-flag victory; the second from him so far in the season.
The bad start meant that Proczyk dropped to fourth during the opening lap, behind Max Hesse and Dominik Fugel, but the reigning champion eventually recovered the third place in the last lap.
During the opening lap there were a couple incidents: Marcel Fugel and Lukas Niedertscheider made contact and cut straight through the first chicane, while Hyundai guest driver Jessica Bäckman was pushed off. The safety car was deployed in order to recover her car from the gravel trap.
The four leaders pulled away, with Halder followed by Hesse, Fugel and Proczyk, while Antti Buri overtook Théo Coicaud for fifth and tried to catch up with the quartet.
Another incident happened on lap 7, when Marcel Fugel missed the braking point and collected Julien Apotéloz’s CUPRA that was running in eighth position; they both retired.
During the final laps, Dominik Fugel, Proczyk and Bury joined Hesse in the fight for the second position, but a few corners before the end Fugel went wide and Proczyk went through.
Halder won from Hesse, Proczyk, Fugel, Buri, Coicaud, the young Malaysian Mitchell Cheah and Michelle Halder. Cheah and Michelle were first and second in the Junior class.
In the championship standings, Halder has stretched his leadership to 12 points over Hesse and 26 over Proczyk.
Buri overtakes Burns to take victory in Most Race 2
Antti Buri took his second win of the season in the ADAC TCR Germany today at Most at the end of a thrilling fight with Bradley Burns in the second race.
Burns had started the reverse-grid race from pole position and led into turn one at the start from fellow Honda racer Dominik Fugel, but Buri managed to pass the German for second position on lap 12.
He then closed in on Burns who was struggling with his tyres. During the final lap, Buri found a gap to pass Burns; the pair clashed into the chicane, but Buri held on to the lead.
It was a quiet start, with Burns keeping the advantage of pole position and Fugel passing Buri for second; behind them followed Max Hesse and Théo Coicaud. The Frenchman then dropped a few positions behind Lukas Niedertscheider, Mike Halder and Harald Proczyk. In lap 6, René Kircher rammed Mithell Cheah’s car, sending it off track.
While Burns pulled away, there was a tough battle between Fugel and Buri for second; in lap 13, Fugel ran wide at the exit of the last corner, losing the momentum, a set back that Buri seized to pass him and take second. Moments later, Halder stole fourth from Hesse.
The last laps were exciting, as Buri began to attack Burns, with the cars often drifting sideways given the tyre degradation. They drove abreast through the ‘esses’ ahead of turn 6, rubbing door-to-door. Buri had the inside line for turn 6 and secured victory.
Equally intense was Halder’s attack on Fugel, but the latter managed to keep his podium finish. Hesse took fifth, ahead of Niedertscheider, Coicaud and Proczyk.
Halder retained the championship lead, 15 points over Hesse, while Buri moved up to third, 17 points behind the leader. The next rounds of the 2019 ADAC TCR Germany Touring Car Championship take place this weekend at the Red Bull Ring.
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 Photography unless otherwise credited.
Until next time, all the best!