TCR Talk – The Brits Abroad: The Red Bull Ring awaits 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…

Bradley Burns in The 2019 ADAC TCR Germany Touring Car Championship

Bradley Burns in the Pyro Motorsport Honda. Credit: ADAC Motorsport/Gruppe C

The ADAC TCR Germany Touring Car Championship is recognised as one of the toughest national series currently running to TCR regulations, however, that hasn’t stopped Burns mixing it with the best in the series.

The young British driver has enjoyed four exciting rounds so far, where he has secured the Junior Class win three times out of four events (twice at Oschersleben and once at Most). What can be said is that he is not afraid to take the fight to the more experienced series competitors despite not knowing the tracks he is racing on.

The Standout highlight of his season so far is the second race at Most. Burns started on pole position on the reversed grid for race two, thanks to qualifying in tenth place for race one. He built a strong lead before Antti Buri stormed through to try and claim the lead.

Both drivers treated us to some fantastic tintop racing, where they fought hard but fairly, with Burns losing out on the lead to the Audi driver on the final lap. Fear not though, there is more to come from the Pyro Motorsport driver, starting this weekend in Austria.

Last time out in Most…

The 2019 ADAC TCR Germany Touring Car Championship at Most. Credit: ADAC Motorsport/Gruppe C

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 worked on 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.

Bradley Burns. Credit: ADAC Motorsport-Gruppe C Photography

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 thoughts ahead of the Red Bull Ring…

Bradley Burns. Credit: ADAC Motorsport/Gruppe C

Burns is back in action this weekend where he will race in rounds five and six of the series at the Red Bull Ring in Austria, another new circuit for him and the Pyro Motorsport driver. However, the young British driver already has his sights set for success.

“I’m really looking forward to my first time at Red Bull Ring. The circuit looks quite quick with some hard braking zones, and with a good mix of some faster corners too which should suit the Honda,” explained Burns.

“The main aim this weekend is to win the Junior Class although we won’t know where we really stand until after qualifying and we’ve got some more data from the car and circuit to work from.”

It will be interesting to see how Honda driver goes at the Red Bull Ring, especially as this is a fast circuit with long straights that will suit the Honda Civic FK7 and its sleek lines.

Burns will also have to deal with the “Tarquini Factor” this weekend. 2018 WTCR Champion Gabriele Tarquini joins the field in a one-off guest drive thanks to Hyundai Team Engstler.

Where can you watch the action?

Jessica Bäckman, Harald Procyzk and Steve Kirsch at Most. 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 TCR Germany Series 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 on the 2018 season and to see how that panned out, please find my own YouTube playlist of the season’s races here.

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

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!!!

TCR Talk Review: 2019 ADAC TCR Germany Touring Car Championship – Most

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

Harald Proczyk. Credit: ADAC Motorsport-Gruppe C Photography

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. Credit: ADAC Motorsport-Gruppe C Photography

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. Credit: ADAC Motorsport-Gruppe C Photography

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.

Marcel Fugel. Credit: ADAC Motorsport-Gruppe C Photography

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. Credit: ADAC Motorsport-Gruppe C Photography

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.

Bradley Burns. Credit: ADAC Motorsport-Gruppe C Photography

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.

Jan Seyffert. Credit: ADAC Motorsport-Gruppe C Photography

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!

Phil!!!

TCR Talk – The Brits Abroad: Burns TCR Germany adventure moves to Most

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…

The 2019 ADAC TCR Germany Touring Car Championship

Germany was one of the first countries to have a national TCR Series back in 2016 and despite also having the legendary DTM series, TCR Germany has thrived with large grid numbers and excellent competition.

The ADAC TCR Germany Series is also recognised as one of the toughest national series currently running to TCR regulations. The series often brings exciting racing as many teams and drivers compete, offering a high level of competition.

The 2019 ADAC TCR Germany Series at Oschersleben. Credit: ADAC Motorsport/Gruppe C

Last time out in Oschersleben…

Burns has already competed in the opening rounds of the series at Oschersleben, where he started his season off to a good start by taking a fifth-place finish in the first race on Saturday, before going one better in race two and taking a fourth-place finish in the second race on Sunday.

In the first race, Burns had started from twelfth on the grid but thanks to a great start had climbed to seventh and the Honda was battling with Theo Coicaud’s Hyundai for sixth place in the early part of the race.

There was contact between the pair on Lap 6 and Burns succeeded in passing on Lap 9. Thanks to Dominik Fugel’s penalty, Burns would go on to finish fifth and so claim the trophy for the best Rookie driver.

In the second race, Burns mixed it well with the likes of Mike Halder, Max Hesse and Harald Proczyk. after a heated battle with some of the finest competing in TCR Germany, Burns would take fourth place after Théo Coicaud was awarded a penalty which dropped him to sixth place.

Qualifying at Most…

Bradley Burns. Credit: ADAC Motorsport/Gruppe C

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 him and the Pyro Motorsport driver.

“Hopefully we can build on our promising pace from Oschersleben at Most this weekend,” explains Burns.

”Although this is another new circuit for us, we learnt a lot in the opening rounds which we can take across to this weekend so we will be doing our best as always to bring home the best results we can.”

With the TCR Germany races taking place on Saturday and Sunday, Qualifying has already taken place at the time of this piece being written. Burns has had a successful session where he lines up in tenth place for race one, meaning that the British driver will lineup on pole position for the reverse grid race two.

Where can you watch the action?

Bradley Burns. Credit: ADAC Motorsport/Gruppe C

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 TCR Germany Series 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.

To catch up on the 2018 season and to see how that panned out, please find my own YouTube playlist of the season’s races here.

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!!!

TCR Talk Explains: The Brits Abroad in 2019!

During the 2019 season, TCR Talk will be reporting on the British drivers running in various international TCR series and giving you updates on how they are performing during the season in a regular event review.

It’s not surprising to see British motor racing drivers plying their trade abroad, choosing to take on a different series in different countries to further their careers and open up the chance to be successful outside of the UK.

Whether this is by choice or due to necessity/funding etc, British drivers who race overseas often come to the fore in international series and set the bar for performance for local drivers to attain or beat.

There are some British drivers who are already well known to the fans and followers of TCR, with the FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) season seeing Gordon Shedden and Rob Huff returning for a second year where both men remain at Audi and Volkswagen respectively.

Andy Priaulx. Credit: Florent Gooden / DPPI

Three-time WTCC Champion Andy Priaulx is also competing this year, making a return to touring car action, where he joins the epic lineup at Lynk & Co. You can find all of the reports regarding their activities in WTCR already being covered by Phil at both The Checkered Flag and Downforce Radio.

2019 also sees two British Drivers competing in the second season of the ever popular and exciting TCR Europe Touring Car Series. Three-time TCR Champion Josh Files has switched from Honda to Team Target to driver a Hyundai this season (The same team with whom he won both of his TCR Germany titles).

Josh Files. Credit: WSC Ltd / TCR Europe

Meanwhile, Alex Morgan has stepped up from his TCR Germany and TCR UK adventures last year to make his debut in TCR Europe, staying on board with Wolf-Power Racing where he is driving the new 2019 Renault Megane RS.

You can find all of the reports regarding their activities in TCR Europe already being covered by Phil at both The Checkered Flag and Downforce Radio.

So, with those details now out of the way, we need to tell you about which British drivers are racing in the various TCR Series around the world, who they are racing for and give you a bit of background about them!

Daniel Lloyd: TCR China Touring Car Championship & TCR Europe Touring Car Series

Daniel Lloyd. Credit: MacPro Racing

We start with Daniel Lloyd! Lloyd joined the TCR International Series midway through the 2017 season, replacing the retiring Hugo Valente in the Lukoil Craft-Bamboo Racing team from round five at the Salzburgring in Austria. Lloyd would drive one of the teams SEAT Leon TCR machines.

The Huddersfield driver took podium finish in the first race in Oschersleben where he fought against Gianni Morbidelli for the win, eventually finishing second. In 2018, Lloyd signed a last-minute deal to race for WestCoast Racing in the TCR UK Touring Car Championship, moving across to the Volkswagen Golf GTi.

Despite running with virtually no backers for the first part of the season, Lloyd went on to take the Drivers title at the penultimate round of the year at Donington Park. Overall, he took 7 pole positions, 8 race wins and a further 4 podium finishes from the 14 race season.

Not only has Lloyd been a competitor in various TCR Series, but he has also been selected two years in a row to be a driver in the annual Balance of Performance tests that take place in February and March.

For 2019, the Yorkshire driver has been signed to race for the Dongfeng Honda Racing Team, operated by championship-winning squad MacPro Racing Team in the TCR China Touring Car Championship, driving a Honda Civic Type R TCR. Daniel has already competed in two races for the team in Zhuhai where he won the first race and finished third in the second race.

Adding to his program, Lloyd has also signed with Brutal Fish Racing, to drive a second Honda Civic Type R TCR alongside regular driver Martin Ryba in the remaining rounds of the TCR Europe Touring Car Series. His first appearance in the series will be next weekend at Hockenheim.

Matt Howson: TCR Japan Touring Car Series & Super Taikyu Endurance Series

Matt Howson. Credit: KCMG / TCR Japan

The next driver on our list to follow this year is Matt Howson. Howson has a varied background in Motorsport, starting off with a single seater background that began back in 2001 before making the move to Asia and Japanese F3 in 2007.

2013 saw the Norwich based driver move to Endurance racing with KCMG where he competed in the LMP2 class of the FIA World Endurance Championship. Howson won the LMP2 class of the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans with with with Richard Bradley and Nicolas Lapierre.

2019 sees Howson re-unite with KCMG where he is taking on a dual programme for the same team that secured the 2018 TCR Europe Teams Championship. Armed with a Honda Civic Type R TCR, Howson has already competed in two rounds of the Super Taikyu Endurance Series.

In the opening round at Suzuka, the team secured a podium finish, however in the next round at Sugo, the British driver suffered misfortune when a puncture took them out of contention for a second podium.

Howson is also making his Sprint Touring car debut for KCMG in the new TCR Japan Touring Car Series, again at the wheel of a Honda Civic for KCMG. Joined in the lineup by former WTCC driver Yukinori Taniguchi. With a 17 car entry confirmed, TCR Japan is already looking like it has a good year ahead of it.

Bradley Burns: ADAC TCR Germany Touring Car Championship

Bradley Burns. Credit: ADAC Motorsport/Gruppe C

Bradley Burns is another driver making his Touring car debut in 2019. The former UK Clio Cup racer has teamed up with Pyro Motorsport to make his debut in the ADAC TCR Germany Touring Car Championship.

Armed with the same Honda Civic Type R TCR that Ollie Taylor drove in the 2018 TCR UK Touring Car Championship, where he finished as runner up to Daniel Lloyd and competed in two rounds of the 2018 TCR Europe Touring Car Series (where Taylor fought with tintop legend Fabrizio Goivanardi in Italy and beat him for a top ten finish), Burns is already driving a car that has a years worth of competition underneath it.

Pyro Motorsport already has a years experience of the car, having run it in the UK for Taylor as well as looking after Finlay Crocker’s identical machine which also raced in the UK. The team were able to understand the Honda very quickly, having had experience of running in TCR Italy previously.

By choosing to race ADAC TCR Germany Touring Car Championship, Burns has already set himself a tough challenge. Germany was one of the first countries to have a national TCR Series back in 2016 and despite also having the legendary DTM series, TCR Germany has thrived with large grid numbers and excellent competition.

Burns has already competed in the opening rounds of the series at Oschersleben, where he started his season off to a good start by taking a fifth-place finish in the first race, before going one better in race two and taking a fourth-place finish. 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.

Alex Morgan. Credit: WSC Ltd / TCR Europe

By the way, have you noticed that all of these drivers are racing in Honda’s?

No?

Just me then…

TCR Talk will be following Daniel Lloyd, Matt Howson and Bradley Burns during the 2019 season and reporting back on they go in the various TCR Series they are competing in. We wish all three drivers the very best during their 2019 programmes and look forward to providing the fans with coverage of their activities.

We 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.

Until next time, all the best!

Phil!!!

TCR Talk Review: 2019 ADAC TCR Germany Touring Car Championship – Oschersleben

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 Oschersleben circuit, from Qualifying all the way through to Race One on Saturday and Race Two on Sunday…

Reigning champion Proczyk sets pole position

Harald Proczyk. Credit: ADAC Motorsport/Gruppe C

Harald Proczyk’s defence of his 2018 ADAC TCR Germany Touring Car Championship title started well, as the reigning champion set pole position for the season’s opening race at Oschersleben.

The HP Racing driver set only the sixth fastest lap in Q1, at the wheel of his Hyundai i30 N, nine-tenths of a second behind fellow Hyundai colleague Max Hesse of Team Engstler who clocked the fastest lap of 1:31.203.

In Q2, Hesse managed to improve and broke the 1:31 mark with a lap of 1:30.845, but Proczyk was even faster and claimed the pole with a lap of 1:30.666.

Steve Kirsch. Credit: ADAC Motorsport/Gruppe C

Mike Halder qualified his Honda Civic in third position, just ahead of his teammate Dominik Fugel, while Hesse’s teammate Théo Coicaud was fifth fastest.

Malaysia’s youngster Mitchell Cheah qualified an impressive sixth, best of the Volkswagen drivers and in the Young Drivers Trophy. The fastest Audi was Antti Buri’s in eighth place, while Steve Kirsch ranked twelfth in his Opel Astra.

Guido Naumann (Team Engstler Hyundai) and Michelle Halder (Profi-car Team Honda) qualified tenth and ninth respectively and will share the front row on the top-ten reverse grid for Sunday’s Race 2.

Hesse inherits pole as Proczyk is given a penalty

Max Hesse. Credit: ADAC Motorsport/Gruppe C

Harald Proczyk, the fastest in this morning’s TCR Germany Qualifying at Oschersleben was given a drop of three positions on the starting grid for this afternoon’s Race 1.

The reigning champion was deemed guilty of speeding during a red flag period that was caused by Bradley Burns’ Honda Civic stopped on the track.

Proczyk will, therefore, start from fourth on the grid, while Team Engstler’s Max Hesse inherited the pole position and Mike Halder’s Honda Civic will line up second, with his teammate Dominik Fugel third.

Mike Halder wins the opening race of the season

Mike Halder. Credit: ADAC Motorsport/Gruppe C

Mike Halder, driving a Honda Civic, won the opening race of the 2019 TCR Germany season at Oschersleben, beating the two Hyundai i30 N cars of Max Hesse and reigning champion Harald Proczyk.

Pole-sitter Hesse made a good start to the thirty-minute race and led Halder into Turn 1, ahead of Dominik Fugel’s Honda and Proczyk. Fugel was later judged to have jumped the start and was given a drive-through penalty that dropped him to sixteenth.

On Lap 2, the Volkswagen Golf of Mitchell Cheah went off through the gravel and collided with the barrier, which brought out the safety car for a brief intervention.

When the race restarted, Halder was right behind race leader Hesse and the Honda driver’s intentions were clear. Sure enough, Halder took the lead at the end of Lap 4 when he dived up the inside of Hesse and so had the line for the sprint up the start/finish straight.

Bradley Burns. Credit: ADAC Motorsport/Gruppe C

Bradley Burns, meanwhile, had started from twelfth on the grid but thanks to a great start had climbed to seventh and the Honda was battling with Theo Coicaud’s Hyundai for sixth place in the early part of the race. There was contact between the pair on Lap 6 and Burns succeeded in passing on Lap 9. Thanks to Fugel’s penalty, Burns would go on to finish fifth and so claim the trophy for the best Rookie driver.

Like Burns, Antti Buri had made a good start and the Finn had improved from eighth on the grid to sixth by Lap 4. For a while, Buri was caught up in the battle between Burns and Coicaud, but the Audi pulled clear and Buri would eventually finish fourth. With Burns fifth and Coicaud sixth, the top ten was rounded off by Lukas Niedertscheider, Jan Seyffert, Steve Kirsch and René Kircher.

The final ten minutes or so were fairly processional with no major changes in position. Fugel passed Julien Apothéloz for thirteenth place on Lap 16 and then overtook Sebastian Steibel’s Volkswagen to finish in twelfth place.

Halder’s win means he took a three-point lead over Hesse in the Drivers’ championship, with Proczyk a further three points adrift.

Race 2 would see Guido Naumann (Team Engstler Hyundai) and Michelle Halder (Profi-car Team Honda) sharing the front row on the top-ten reverse grid.

Victory for Antti Buri in Oschersleben’s second race

Antti Buri. Credit: ADAC Motorsport/Gruppe C

Antti Buri, in the LMS Racing Audi RS 3 LMS, took victory in the ADAC TCR Germany’s Race 2 at Oschersleben.

The Finn took no prisoners and built his success from the start. He beat Race 1 winner Mike Halder, who is still leading the championship standings, and reigning champion Harald Proczyk. It was a perfect start from Buri, who passed the two cars on the front row, Guido Naumann’s and Michelle Halder’s, to take the lead straight away.

Théo Coicaud climbed quickly to third ahead of Mike Halder, Bradley Burns, Max Hesse and Proczyk.
After a couple of laps though, the safety-car was deployed to allow retrieving the Golf GTI of Maurits Sandberg that was stuck in the gravel. After the restart, Coicaud took second but he was under the threat of Halder who was followed by Hesse and Proczyk.

Maurits Sandberg. Credit: ADAC Motorsport/Gruppe C

In lap 10, Halder managed to overtake Coicaud for second, with a perfect move and started chasing Buri. Another nice overtaking manoeuvre was completed by Burns on lap 12, as he stole seventh from Mitchell Cheah.

One lap later Proczyk overtook Hesse for fourth and then he began fighting with Coicaud for the third position. Eventually, the reigning champion managed to take third, while Coicaud dropped to sixth behind Hesse and Burns.

However, after the race, Proczyk was given a ten-second penalty for clashing with Coicaud and this dropped him from third to sixth.

The 2019 ADAC TCR Germany Touring Car Series will resume for rounds 3 and 4 at the Most Autodrome this weekend.

To watch the races with English Commentary, please follow the link to my YouTube Playlist:

2019 ADAC TCR Germany

Jan Seyffert. Credit: ADAC Motorsport/Gruppe C

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!

Phil!!!

TCR Talk Previews the 2019 ADAC TCR Germany Series

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, TCR Talk will be following a new series for 2019:

The ADAC TCR Germany Series.

Credit: ADAC Motorsport-Gruppe C Photography

This series started off back in 2016 and since then, it has attracted large grids and plenty of mixture of the various TCR brands available. The ADAC TCR Germany Series is also recognised as one of the toughest national series currently running to TCR regulations.

Evidence of this is clear with only two men having claimed the Drivers Title in three seasons. Josh Files claimed the title in 2016 and 2017, driving for Target Competition in both seasons at the wheel of a Honda Civic FK2, whilst last year Harald Procyzk secured the title for HP Racing International, at the wheel of an Opel Astra.

The German TCR series often brings exciting racing as many teams and drivers compete in the series, offering a high level of competition and also the chance to race alongside other teams and driver in other TCR Series with the same machinery.

The 2019 ADAC TCR Germany Calendar:

Credit: ADAC Motorsport-Gruppe C Photography

After the 2019 Calendar was confirmed at the end of last season in Hockenheim, the only change made was to switch around the final two rounds, with the Sachsenring now replacing the Hockenheimring as the final venue of the year.

The calendar otherwise remains at a fourteen race schedule, running alongside the ADAC GT Masters Championship on most weekends.

26-28 April: Motorsport Arena Oschersleben
17-19 May: Autodrom Most
7-9 June: Red Bull Ring
9-11 August: Circuit Park Zandvoort
16-18 August: Nürburgring
13-15 September: Hockenheimring
27-29 September: Sachsenring

There is also the added incentive for the German TCR competitors this year as there are two German rounds in the 2019 TCR Europe Touring Car Series. So expect to see some of the TCR Germany regulars take on the best in TCR Europe:

24–26 May: Hockenheimring
3-4 August: Motorsport Arena Oschersleben

The 2019 ADAC TCR Germany Series Entry List:

Credit: ADAC Motorsport-Gruppe C Photography

For 2019, The ADAC TCR Germany Series has seen a drop in grid size, with 28 cars entered last year and now 21 entered for the new season. However, this has not dulled the quality of drivers in the field and has increased the number of brands taking part to 6: Hyundai, Honda, Audi, Volkswagen, CUPRA and Opel.

Driver No. Team Car
Harald Proczyk 1 HP Racing International Hyundai i30 N TCR
Bradley Burns 6 Pyro Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R FK7 TCR
Mike Halder 7 ADAC Sachsen Honda Civic Type-R FK7 TCR
René Kircher 8 Racing One Audi RS3 LMS TCR
Antti Buri 13 LMS Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR
Max Hesse 19 Hyundai Team Engstler Hyundai i30 N TCR
Julien Apothéloz 22 TOPCAR Sport CUPRA TCR
Sebastian Steibel 23 AMC-Burgau e.V. Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR
Theo Coicaud 27 Hyundai Team Engstler Hyundai i30 N TCR
Mitchell Cheah 29 Volkswagen Team Oettinger Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR
Joshua Reynolds 33 TOPCAR Sport CUPRA TCR
Patrick Sing 34 RaceSing Hyundai i30 N TCR
Steve Kirsch 41 ADAC Sachsen Opel Astra TCR
Lukas Niedertscheider 42 HP Racing International Hyundai i30 N TCR
Michelle Halder 53 Profi-Car Team Halder Honda Civic Type-R FK7 TCR
Dominik Fugel 88 ADAC Sachsen Honda Civic Type-R FK7 TCR
Jan Seyffert 98 Lubner Motorsport Opel Astra TCR
Maurits Sandberg 99 Volkswagen Team Oettinger Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR
TBC TBC Racing One Audi RS3 LMS TCR
TBC TBC TOPCAR Sport CUPRA TCR
VIP Car TBC Hyundai Team Engstler Hyundai i30 N TCR

The Title Contenders

The big news about this year is that there are a number of Hyundai cars entered as full-season entries and this includes by 2018 Champion Harald Proczyk who carries the number 1 on his brand new Hyundai i30 N TCR.

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Proczyk is joined at HP Racing International by Lukas Niedertscheider, who last year drove a Peugeot 308 TCR in the series run by his own team. Both drivers are expected to be front runners this year, with Proczyk eager to defend his title.

Another team that is running Hyundai’s full time is Hyundai Team Engstler, who introduced the car into the series halfway through last season with both Luca Engstler and Theo Coicaud at the wheel. Engstler was able to haul himself into the title fight last season and more is expected by this crack team.

Theo Coicaud has already driven the car last year and in the new TCR Malaysia Series and will be joined by young charger Max Hesse in the team. Both men will be looking for a title fight this season.

Outside of the Hyundai charge, Honda are also expected to be within the title fight with ADAC Sachsen. Both Mike Halder and Dominik Fugel took race wins last year in their first season with the Honda Civic Type-R FK7 TCR.

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Armed with a season of setup knowledge in the cars and also an unchanged calendar for 2019, both men will be upfront and aiming to stem the Hyundai tide. Michelle Halder will also be in a Honda run by the outfit.

Volkswagen Team Oettinger lead the VW charge with 2018 TCR Asia Series runner-up Mitchell Cheah joining Maurits Sandberg in the outfit whilst Antti Buri is the most experienced Audi driver on the grid and well overdue a title charge.

The Lone British Contender

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A fourth Honda will be run for British driver Bradley Burns by Pyro Motorsport this year. After competing in Clio Cup racing last year, Burns makes the move to TCR, having tested the Honda Civic Type-R FK7 TCR that Ollie Taylor used to finish as runner-up in the 2018 TCR UK Touring Car Championship.

Whilst he has gone well in testing, it will be interesting to see how Burns finds the German Series this year, making his debut in one of the toughest national TCR series in Europe. With the team already familiar with the Honda, Pyro will be able to provide a good car for the young Englishman to race with.

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 TCR Germany Series 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.

To catch up on the 2018 season and to see how that panned out, please find my own YouTube playlist of the season’s races here.

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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!

Phil!!!

2016 ADAC TCR Germany Roundup…

There are quite a few domestic series kicking off in 2016 after the success of the 2015 TCR International Series and the 2015 TCR Asia Series. One domestic series that has a lot of interest this year is the ADAC TCR Germany Series.

Now considering Germany is already known for having the legendary DTM series as its top level Tintop series, there has been a lot of interest in the German TCR series and during 2016, The Tintop Guru blog will post regular updates as to how this series is progressing.

In this post, here are the updates for the first two rounds of the series: Oschersleben and Sachsenring…

TCR GERMANY KICKS OFF IN OSCHERSLEBEN

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The opening round of the ADAC TCR Germany’s maiden season will take place at the Oschersleben Motorsport Arena. This is certainly one of the most highly-anticipated TCR national series, given the size of the market and the key role that the country plays in the automotive scene.

Oschersleben will host the first of the seven events; the series will later visit the Sachsenring, Oschersleben again, the Red Bull Ring in Austria, the Nürbrugring, Zandvoort in the Netherlands and Hockenheim. Together with the ADAC GT and the ADAC Formula 4 series, the ADAC TCR Germany will offer a terrific race weekend package, freely accessible to fans at home thanks to SPORT1’s live coverage.

The field for the opener will consist of 18 drivers at the wheel of three models of cars: SEAT León (11), Volkswagen Golf Gti (5) and Honda Civic (2).

Some among them have international experience, such as Austria’s Mario Dablander, Switzerland’s Ronny Jost, Netherlands’ Bas Schouten and UK’s Josh Files.

One of the most eagerly-awaited German drivers is Tom Lautenschlager who will drive one of the Golf cars of Liqui Moly Team Engstler. Not yet 18-years-old, Tom is the great-grandson of Christian Lautenschlager, one of the heroes of pre-Formula 1 Grand Prix racing. A works driver for Mercedes, Christian won twice the ACF Grand Prix, in 1904 and 1914, and also competed in great races such as the Targa Florio and the Indy 500.

JOSH FILES WINS FIRST RACE OF TCR GERMANY

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Josh Files, of Target Competition, won the inaugural race of the ADAC TCR Germany today at Oschersleben.

On a track still damp after a morning shower, Files sprinted from the fifth position on the grid and was able to steer away of troubles at the start. While pole sitter Steve Kirsch’s Honda Civic missed the braking point at the end of the pit straight and rejoined at the back, the Volkswagen Golf of Tim Zimmermann stalled on the grid and was collected by the SEAT León of Mike Beckhusen.

Benjiamin Leuchter took the leadership in the Racing One Volkswagen Golf Gti, followed by a platoon of SEAT Cars, with Pascal Eberle in second position, closely followed by Files, Bas Schouten and Harald Proczyk.

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Files overtook Eberle during the first lap and then closed the gap from Leuchter; eventually the Briton took the lead with a brilliant overtaking manoeuvreon lap 11 of 17 and pulled away to cross the finish line with a 3.8-second margin. Leuchter and Eberle completed the podium, while Proczyk stole fourth place from Schouten and Kirsch recovered to eighth after his mistake at the start.

JOSH FILES MAKES TWO AT OSCHERSLEBEN

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Target Competition driver Josh Files gave an encore at Oschersleben, adding a win in today’s Race 2 to the one he had claimed yesterday in the inaugural round of the ADAC TCR Germany.

Finland’s Antti Buri sprinted at the start from pole position on the top-ten reverse grid and took the lead, while Kai Jordan, who was sharing the front row with Buri, stalled his engine and rejoined at the back.

The race was disrupted a first time by the safety car when Pascal Eberle beached his SEAT in the gravel trap during the first lap. When the race resumed, Buri was leading from Jürgen Schmarl, Files and Harald Proczyk. Meanwhile, Benjamin Leuchter was recovering from its eight starting position.

After overtaking Schmarl on lap 5, Files was catching Buri, but the Finn had to pay a drive-through penalty for an infringement during the safety car intervention and dropped to the back.

A second safety car period ensued when Tom Lautenschlager went off and hit the barriers. When the race resumed, Files was leading from Proczyk, Schmarl and Leuchter. The latter tried in vain to steal third place from Schmarl. Files scored his second win of the weekend, while Buri recovered up to ninth.

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The next race meeting of the ADAC TCR Germany will take place at the Sachsenring on April 30/May 1.

TCR GERMANY: PROCZYK WINS SACHSENRING RACE 1

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HP Racing’s Harald Proczyk claimed a lights-to-flag victory in the third round of the ADAC TCR Germany at the Sachsenring. After setting pole position in this morning’s qualifying, the Austrian driver took the best start and led for the whole 20-lap race.

Behind him, drama hit the championship leader, Target Competition’s Josh Files, who drove very wide off the track and dropped from second to sixth. Soon afterwards, Files made contact with his own teammate Jürgen Schmarl whose car remained beached onto the gravel trap prompting the safety car intervention. Mario Dablander was also involved in the incident and rejoined at the back of the field, while Files pitted and retired.

The race resumed on lap 5, with Proczyk followed by Antti Buri and Steve Kirsch; on the same lap, Bas Schouten lost fifth place to Mike Halder and sixth to Pascal Eberle.
The positions seemed frozen until Kirsch made a mistake in lap 16, handing third to Tim Zimmermann and fourth to Halder. However, Kirsch was able to retake fourth from Halder on the following lap. Schouten provided the last thrill, overtaking Eberle for sixth.
Proczyk won from Buri in a SEAT 1-2, while Zimmermann’s Volkswagen claimed the last podium position and Kirsch’s Honda was classified fourth.

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Prozcyk took also the championship lead with 60 points, five ahead of Files.

TCR GERMANY: BURI FIRST IN EVENTFUL SACHSENRING RACE 2

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In the second race at the Sachsenring, Antti Buri and his SEAT León of LMS Racing took their maiden victory in the ADAC TCR Germany. The young Finn took the leadership on lap 3 and was able to defend his position from the recovering Volkswagen Golf Gti of Benjamin Leuchter.

The race provided plenty of overtaking manoeuvres, swapping positions and clashes, with groups of cars fighting door-to-door, including a four-way battle for the lead between Buri’s SEAT, the two VW cars of Leuchter and Tim Zimmermann and the Honda Civic of Steve Kirsch.

At the start René Münnich sprinted from the pole on the top-ten reverse grid and took the lead from Mario Dablander, Jürgen Schmarl and Buri, while Kay Jordan (third on the grid) stalled the engine.

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During the opening lap Buri and Leuchter moved up to third and fourth ahead of Schmarl. On lap 2 Buri overtook Dablander for second and, on the following lap, he took the lead from Münnich. During the next two laps Münnich was further demoted to fifth from Leuchter, Tim Zimmermann and Steve Kirsch.

The race was disrupted by the safety car on lap 7 to recover Pascal Eberle’s SEAT that was stranded onto the gravel after a collision with Jordan’s Volkswagen. After two laps of safety car, the race was red-flagged for cleaning the track. It eventually resumed behind the safety car with ten minutes left on the clock.

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On lap 12, Race 1 winner Harald Proczyk climbed from seventh to fifth, passing Josh Files and Münnich. The last lap saw Leuchter closely chasing Buri, while Zimmermann was defending the third place from Kirsch and Proczyk. Eventually Buri won with a small margin on Leuchter with Zimmermann third from Kirsch and Proczyk; on the finish line Files stole sixth from Dablander.

Prozcyk retained the championship lead with 70 points, with Files (63) second and Leuchter (58) third.

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The championship will resume on 18 and 19 June at Oschersleben for rounds 5 and 6 that will be in the frame of the TCR International Series event.

Until next time, all the best!

Phil