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 performances at both Circuit Park Zandvoort in the Netherlands and at the Nürburgring in Germany as the series returned fro the summer with back to back events.
The Zandvoort weekend…
During a weekend that witnessed contrasting weather conditions at the beachside circuit, Bradley Burns excelled in the wet condition during Qualifying to line up on the front row of the grid for the first race of the weekend.
After finishing in third place in Q1, the young British driver progressed to Q2 where he held the fastest lap for most of the session until fellow Honda driver Dominik Fugel set the fastest lap to steal pole position by 36-thousandths of a second
Race one was held in drier conditions on Saturday, with high winds hitting the circuit all day. The Pyro Motorsport driver lost out at the start as he fell down the order, not having the chance to setup the Honda Civic FK7 for a dry race.
At the start, Fugel sprinted away from pole, whilst Mike Halder moved into second after starting from fourth and Harald Proczyk passed Burns for third. During the first lap Mitchell Cheah crashed at T10 after making contact with Michelle Halder; he limped back to the pits, but the race was red-flagged for allowing the barriers to be repaired.
With 20 minutes left on the clock, the safety car led the field back on track for one lap and when racing resumed, Fugel led from Halder, Proczyk, Burns and Buri. On lap 4, Proczyk overtook Halder for second, while Hesse advanced from eighth to fifth as he overtook Buri, Burns and Lance D. Arnold in a single move.
Burns held on to bring the Honda home in sixth place in the shortened race, having learned valuable information to improve the setup of the car for Sunday’s second race.
As Michelle Halder stole the headlines for taking her first overall race victory in the series in race two, Burns made his way forward after an improved setup to the Honda made his charge possible. The former Renault Clio driver surpassed his race one effort by going fifth fastest.
Burns reflects on Zandvoort…
“We had really good pace to get on the front row in the wet in qualifying and I’m very happy with the win and P2 in the Junior Class. We were a bit unlucky in Race 1 though as, with almost no dry running, we didn’t have a full dry setup and I dropped a few places,” explained Burns.
“We then made some adjustments for Race 2 and took a bit of a gamble which didn’t quite pay off so I had to hang on and do what I could to collect as many points as possible. I’m pleased to have bagged some good points from Zandvoort but now our attention turns straight to Nürburgring this weekend.”
Burns thoughts ahead of Nürburgring…
“There’s no time to rest as we head straight to Nürburgring from Zandvoort. Although I’ve never been there before, Nürburgring looks a fast and flowing track which should really suit the Honda. We have some work to do in testing on Thursday but hopefully, we can make some positive progress and find a good balance with the car.”
The Nürburgring weekend…
It’s safe to say that the following weekend at the Nürburgring can be classified as the Pyro Motorsports most challenging weekend in the series so far. After showing good pace in Free Practice, Bradley lined up seventeenth on the grid as the result of a difficult Qualifying session. Despite making a good start, the Honda driver was forced to retire at the final chicane before the end of lap one due to an engine fire.
With the teams working overnight to get a new engine in place, Burns was able to join the grid at the back for race two. The British driver made a good start and was making progress through the field as he battled with the likes of Burri and Michelle Halder. However, a deluge hit the track after lap six and despite being one of the first runners to come in for wet tyres, the race was declared at the six laps mark, leaving Burns to take home an eleventh place finish.
Burns reflects on The Nürburgring…
“We gave it everything we had but things just didn’t come together for us this weekend. The pace was good in FP1 and FP2 but we had a wheel stud failure on my first flying lap in qualifying and had to start Race 1 from the back. I battled up to P9 before the engine let go and ended our race early but the guys at Pyro did an amazing job to get another power unit in the car for Race 2,” explained Burns.
“Although we started from last again, we made quick progress through the field and pitted for wets at just the right moment. The team pulled off a quick stop and got me back out again so, once everybody else had been pitted, we were up in P2 before the race was red-flagged. Unfortunately, the race result was taken two laps before so we were classified P11 which is frustrating but we look forward to Hockenheim next month where hopefully we can have a change in fortunes.”
Where can you watch the action?
The ADAC TCR Germany Series follows the successful route, which has worked for almost all TCR Series around the globe, of showing all of their races live on YouTube.
This is done on the ADAC YouTube Account which you can find here. The ADAC TCR Germany Touring Car Championship is also the only other series outside of WTCR, TCR Europe and TCR UK that has English commentary, so this allows for a wider audience to follow the series. You can also find the races broadcast live at TCR TV.
To catch up with any of the 2019 races that you have missed with English Commentary, please follow the link to my YouTube Playlist:
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!