TCR Talk – The Brits Abroad: Hockenheim awaits for Bradley Burns

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…

This weekend sees the 2019 ADAC TCR Germany Touring Car Championship move on to its penultimate circuit at the German Grand Prix venue of Hockenheim. Below is a recap of how Bradley did last time out at the Nürburgring.

The Nürburgring weekend…

Bradley Burns at the Nürburgring. Credit: ADAC Motorsport/Gruppe C

It’s safe to say that the following weekend at the Nürburgring can be classified as 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

Bradley Burns. Credit: ADAC Motorsport-Gruppe C Photography

“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.”

Burns thoughts ahead of Hockenheim…

Burns is back in action this weekend where he will race in rounds eleven and twelve of the series at Hockenheim, which has been familiar territory for both The ADAC TCR Germany Touring Car Championship and played host to the 2019 TCR Europe Touring Car Series earlier in the year.

Having endured a difficult time at the Nürburgring, where the Honda driver suffered a firey exit in race one and lost out to the countback rules of the shortened race two, Burns gives his thoughts ahead of this weekends action.

“After a tough weekend at Nürburgring where we lost a bit of momentum in the Junior Class, we go to Hockenheim hoping to turn things around and give it everything we have, explained Burns.

“We’re still in a good position and heading the championship but, as we approach the final two races of the season, it’s becoming more and more important to bag good points. Let’s see what we can do!

Where can you watch the action?

Credit: ADAC Motorsport-Gruppe C Photography

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 one of several series that has English commentary along with WTCR, TCR Europe, TCR Australia and TCR UK, 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:

2019 ADAC TCR Germany

Bradley Burns. Credit: ADAC Motorsport/Gruppe C

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!

Phil!!!

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