TCR Talk – The Brits Abroad: Lloyd ready to extend TCR China lead in Zhejiang

During 2019, TCR Talk will be following the progress of the various British drivers racing in TCR Series around the world.

We continue this series with 2018 TCR UK Touring Car Champion Daniel Lloyd, who is competing in the 2019 TCR China Touring Car Championship for Dongfeng Honda Racing Team, operated by championship-winning squad MacPro Racing Team…

Daniel Loyd. Credit: TCR Asia-Ying Ching Heng

Adding to his 2019 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 was at Hockenheim in Germany.

TCR Talk will be concentrating on Lloyd’s progress in TCR China this year. You can find reports of Lloyd’s TCR Europe activities (covered by my good self) at Downforce Radio

The 2019 TCR China Touring Car Championship

2019 TCR Asia & TCR China Zhuhai race two start. Credit: TCR Asia-Ying Ching Heng

The TCR China Touring Car Championship got underway in Zhuhai at the start of May, where it ran alongside the 2019 TCR Asia International Series. This was the first of several doubleheader events where competitors from both series race together in combined grids.

After Zhuhai, the series moved on to the full Grand Prix circuit at Shanghai for the second weekend of the year where both series competed together.

With the TCR Concept reaching its fifth year of active competition, TCR China is one of several series that is now in its third season of competition and is building its grids nicely. Working alongside the other Asian based TCR Series, its seen entries from some of the best teams in the country as well as visiting teams such as Engstler Motorsport.

With big hitters such as Luca Engstler, Pepe Oriola and Diego Moran racing in TCR Asia, Lloyd was up against some strong competition in the opening rounds of the season, however, the British driver holds the championship lead after taking three wins out of four races so far.

Lloyd reflects on Shanghai…

Daniel Lloyd. Credit: MacPro Racing

“That was a fantastic weekend. The team have done an amazing job on the car and given me the perfect tool to get the job done. It was a great result for the Dongfeng Racing Team to secure the 1-2 start in the opening race,” explained Lloyd.

“I was pleased to be able to convert that into another race win; especially finishing first overall against the combined TCR Asia field.”

“We’re in a strong position now heading into the mid-way point of the season. Increasing the Championship lead is exactly what we needed to do. I’m looking forward to coming back out to Zhejiang again in a few weeks’ time.”

Lloyd looks forward to Zhejiang…

Daniel Lloyd. Credit: TCR Asia-Ying Ching Heng

Lloyd has previous experience of the Zhejiang International Circuit on, having raced there for Craft-Bamboo Racing in the SEAT Leon TCR in the final season of the TCR International Series. Back in 2017, the British driver retired from both races with technical issues.

The 2018 TCR UK Touring Car Champion is hopeful of better weekends racing as he looks to consolidate his championship lead.

“I’ve raced on the Zhejiang circuit once before in the TCR International series but it’s not a track that I know well. We had the dream result last time out with the double win in Shanghai. This weekend we’ll be carrying some success ballast though so I’m expecting to have to work a lot harder for the results,” explained Lloyd.

“It’s all about adding the points now. We’ll be racing against TCR Asia again, so it will be a strong grid. The addition of the third car is great for the team and our championship challenge. I just want to keep the momentum going and extending our lead in the Driver and Teams’ championship.”

Where can you watch the action?

Lloyd will go up against Engstler and Oriola once again in Shanghai. Credit: TCR Asia-Ying Ching Heng

The TCR China Touring Car Championship follows the successful route of live streaming, which has worked for almost all TCR Series around the globe, by showing all of their races live on YouTube and on Facebook.

This is done on the AFOS (Asian Festival of Speed) YouTube Account which you can find here. You can also find live coverage of the races at TCR TV as well as on the TCR Asia Series and TCR China Facebook pages. The joint TCR Asia and TCR China series events use full English commentary, so this allows for a wider audience to follow the series outside of Asia.

To watch the full TCR Asia/TCR China Zhuhai races with English Commentary, please follow the link to my YouTube Playlist:

2019 TCR Asia International Series / 2019 TCR China Touring Car Championship

Daniel Lloyd. Credit: TCR Asia-Ying Ching Heng

TCR Talk will be following Daniel Lloyd, as he competes against the 2019 TCR Asia International Series competitors whilst looking to secure his second TCR Title in the 2019 TCR China Touring Car Championship.

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.

Until next time, all the best!

Phil!!!

TCR Talk – The Brits Abroad: Howson survives Sugo to maintain TCR Japan lead

During 2019, TCR Talk will be following the progress of the various British drivers racing in TCR Series abroad. We continue this series with Matt Howson, who is competing in the 2019 TCR Japan Touring Car Series for KCMG Honda…

The 2019 TCR Japan Touring Car Series continued its maiden season of competition, with the second weekend of action taking place at Sugo.

Race One at Sugo

Matt Howson. Credit: KCMG / TCR Japan

Shogo Mitsuyama of Green Brave Racing claimed his and Volkswagen’s maiden win in TCR Japan at Sugo Sportsland. Mitsuyama benefited from the mistakes of his rivals to take command at the start and then led for the whole race, controlling the return of Takuro Shinohara’s Audi.

Shinohara sat on pole position, but made a poor start, dropping to fourth behind Shuji Maejima’s Alfa Romeo Giulietta, Mitsuyama’s Golf and Matthew Howson’s Honda Civic. From second on the grid, Maejima was leading into turn one, but he spun off and rejoined at the back of the field.

On lap two, Shinohara moved into second overtaking Howson and began to close the gap from Mitsuyama. For the rest of the race, the Audi followed the Golf, but never found a gap to pass.

Behind the two leaders, Yu Kanamaru’s Team Goh Honda overtook the KCMG Civic of Yukinori Taniguchi for fourth and then attacked Howson’s third position. During the penultimate lap, Kanamaru made an attempt to pass on the outside line, but lost control and spun off.

Howson bolted into a podium position from fifth on the grid at the start of the first race in the #18 car, running in third for the majority of it. He came under late pressure from behind due to backmarker traffic, but he was able to fend off the attack to score his third podium in three races to retain his lead in the Driver Standings.

Race Two at Sugo

Matt Howson. Credit: KCMG / TCR Japan

Shuji Maejima made up for the disappointment of Race one at Sugo by claiming a dominant victory in the second race.

The Go&Fun Alfa Romeo Giulietta had missed the opportunity to win the first race when Maejima spun after the start while he was leading the field into Turn one. He then rejoined at the back and was soon the fastest driver on the track.

In the second race, he luckily escaped a pile-up at the start that also involved pole sitter Takuro Shinohara’s Audi and the Honda Civic cars of Matthew Howson, Yu Kanamaru and Resshu Shioya. The collision was triggered by contact between Howson and Maejima whilst Kanamaru and Shinohara crashed and Shioya went off in avoidance.

Both Shinohara and Kanamaru were forced to retire, while Howson pitted with a punctured tyre. As the safety car was deployed and circulated for three laps, he had the opportunity to rejoin at the back of the field.

When the race resumed, Maejima was able to pull away from Takeshi Matsumoto, while Race one winner Shogo Mitsuyama overtook ‘Hirobon’ for fourth and began chasing Yukinori Taniguchi. On lap 8, Taniguchi spun off onto the gravel and this prompted the safety car into action again.

Racing resumed for the last lap, Maejima was able to build a slender margin, while Matsumoto kept Mitsuyama at bay to secure second place. ‘Hirobon’ was classified fourth.

Howson recovered to ninth and this helped him to retain the leadership in the standings, although his margin has been reduced to only four points ahead of Mitsuyama, while Matsumoto lies third, a further ten points adrift.

Howson reflects on Sugo…

“We had a tough weekend at Sugo with the latest Balance of Performance putting us at a definite disadvantage. However, the team did a great job solving some of the problems and we came away from race one with another podium and the championship lead,” explained Howson.

“Race two was all over at the first corner, but these things happen and those points for ninth may come in handy later in the season. I’m looking forward to Fuji in two weeks’ time.”

The next rounds of the 2019 TCR Japan Touring Car Series will be at at Fuji Speedway on July 13-14.

Matt Howson. Credit: KCMG / TCR Japan

TCR Talk will be following Matt Howson as he competes in one of the newest 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 KCMG / TCR Japan unless otherwise credited.

Until next time, all the best!

Phil!!!

TCR Talk – The Brits Abroad: Howson confident ahead of Sugo

During 2019, TCR Talk will be following the progress of the various British drivers racing in TCR Series abroad. We start this series off with Matt Howson, who is competing in the new for 2019 TCR Japan Touring Car Series for KCMG Honda…

The 2019 TCR Japan Touring Car Series continues this weekend at the Sugo circuit, for rounds three and four of the newest Touring Car competition in the land of the rising sun.

Last time out in Autopolis…

The 2019 TCR Japan Touring Car Series in action at Autopolis. Credit: TCR Japan

Matt Howson took a lights-to-flag victory in the first round of the brand new TCR Japan Touring Car Series at Autopolis.

With the race declared wet, the first two laps were run behind the safety car as Howson’s KCMG Honda Civic leading the 14-car field across the start line when the safety car came in. Spray was then an issue for a number of laps, together with patches of standing water off the racing line.

In a what turned out to be a quiet first race, Howson managed to keep the KCMG Honda Civic on the iskand and stay out of trouble to take his first win in a TCR car, with Takuro Shinohara’s Audi and the Honda of Yu Kanamaru completing the podium places.

With the first race running in wet conditions, Howson made sure not to put a foot wrong on board the #18 Honda, and wrapped up a stunning first day with a lights to flag victory, picking up the fastest lap in the process and confirming the Civic Type R’s strong pace in any condition.

Matt Howson. Credit: KCMG / TCR Japan

Howson has to settle for second place in the second of the 2019 TCR Japan Touring Car Series as Yu Kanamaru with the Honda Civic of Team Goh, took victory in Race 2.

The starts saw poleman Takuro Shinohara, driving a Hitotsuyama Motorsport Audi RS 3 LMS, struggling to keep the advantage from Kanamaru, who made a great start from row 2, Howson, Yukinori Taniguchi (KCMG Honda), Resshu Shioya (G/Motion Honda), Takeshi Matsumoto (Wakayama Volkswagen) and Shogo Mitsuyama (Green Brave Volkswagen). The leader was soon in troubles, as his Audi slowed down and stopped in the pits.

Kanamuru inherited the lead ahead of Howson and Matsumoto, who had moved up to third with a couple of great overtaking manoeuvres.

Race 1 winner Howson got his head down and made sure that once again he kept the KCMG run Honda in good shape, holding off the faster Wakayama Volkswagen Golf GTI of Takeshi Matsumoto after an entertaining race on a damp track. Howson leads the overall standings after this inaugural event of the series.

Howson’s thoughts ahead of Sugo…

Matt Howson. Credit: KCMG / TCR Japan

Howson is back in action this weekend where he will race in rounds three and four of the series at Sugo, having enjoyed podium running pace in his last outing in the Super Taikyu Endurance Series. The KCMG driver and TCR Japan points leader gives his thoughts ahead of Sugo.

“Sugo is one if my favourite circuits in Japan and following a strong run for the Honda Civic Type R TCR FK8 in Super Taikyu in April, and our success in Autopolis last time out, I expect to be very strong in TCR Japan,” explained Howson.

“The weather is often mixed and the circuit is unforgiving so whatever happens, winning here will be a huge challenge, and I’m looking forward to it.”

Matt Howson. Credit: KCMG / TCR Japan

TCR Talk will be following Matt Howson as he competes in one of the newest 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 KCMG / TCR Japan unless otherwise credited.

Until next time, all the best!

Phil!!!

TCR Talk – The Brits Abroad: Burns weekend to forget in Austria

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 Red Bull Ring Circuit in Austria where race one took place on Saturday and race two took place on Sunday…

Race one and race two in Austria…

Bradley Burns. Credit: ADAC Motorsport-Gruppe C Photography

Bradley Burns endured a difficult weekend in Austria where contact with other drivers ruled out a good points score, after his epic race two drive in the Czech Republic several weeks ago where he almost took his first TCR victory.

The British driver struggled in Qualifying where he went twelfth fastest and would start from that position in both races. A difficult start in race one saw the Pyro Motorsport driver almost fall to the back of the field before beginning his drive forward.

After an early Safety car, Burns was in eleventh place however contact with the Hyundai of Lukas Niedertscheider saw the British youngster up on two wheels before heading towards the pits and retirement on lap five.

Bradley Burns. Credit: ADAC Motorsport-Gruppe C Photography

In the second race on Sunday, Burns made a much better start off the grid and was running tenth before running wide halfway around the lap. This put the young British driver on the backfoot and he immediately set about making places forward.

In thirteenth place after the first lap, the Honda driver pushed hard in the packed but closely fought field and made it up to ninth place just before the Safety Car came out mid-race.

Once racing got underway again, Bradley was penalised for pushing another car with a drive-through penalty where he retired in the pits. This brought an end to a miserable weekend.

Burns reflects on the Red Bull Ring…

“It really wasn’t our weekend. The guys in the team did a great job as always and we had good pace but we were unable to convert that into a result, unfortunately,” explained the Pyro Motorsport driver.

“That’s the way it goes sometimes but we’ll keep pushing and hopefully, we can come back stronger at Zandvoort.”

The 2019 ADAC TCR Germany Touring Car Championship takes a two-month break before racing gets underway again at Zandvoort on 9-11 August.

Where can you watch the action?

The 2019 ADAC TCR Germany Touring Car Championship at Spielberg. 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 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:

2019 ADAC TCR Germany

The 2019 ADAC TCR Germany Touring Car Championship at Spielberg. 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!

TCR Talk – The Brits Abroad: Lloyd does the TCR China double in Shanghai

During 2019, TCR Talk will be following the progress of the various British drivers racing in TCR Series abroad. We continue this series with 2018 TCR UK Champion Daniel Lloyd, who is competing in the 2019 TCR China Touring Car Championship for Dongfeng Honda Racing Team…

Here is the TCR Talk roundup of Daniel’s performance at the Shanghai International Circuit in China, from two weeks ago, where race one took place on Saturday and race two took place on Sunday…

Please keep in mind that during the weekend, the TCR Asia International Series and the TCR China Touring Car Championship competed in combined grids, whilst scoring points for their separate championships.

Race One in Shanghai…

Daniel Lloyd. Credit: MacPro Racing Team

Daniel Lloyd took a dominant victory in the TCR Asia/TCR China first race at Shanghai International Circuit.

The reigning TCR UK champion took his Honda Civic into the lead, overtaking his team-mate and pole sitter Martin Xie halfway through the ten-lap race. He then pulled away and won with a margin of four seconds over Luca Engstler who was the winner of the TCR Asia race.

At the start, the two Dongfeng MacPro Racing Honda cars of Xie and Lloyd sprinted away from the front row of the grid and took command, while Engstler jumped from fifth to third at T1. During the first lap, a collision between Alex Liu and Alex Hui forced the latter to retire.

Lloyd began to attack Xie and eventually passed him on lap six for the lead with Engstler benefitting from the situation and passing Xie for second place. While Lloyd was able to build a gap to Engstler, Xie momentarily lost third position to Oriola on lap eight but regained it on the following lap. In the final moments, Sunny Wong retired with a turbo issue and Huang Chu Han inherited the sixth place.

Lloyd won on track from Engstler, Xie and Oriola whilst the top three from the TCR China race were Lloyd, Xie and Huang Chuhan.

Race Two in Shanghai

Daniel Lloyd. Credit: MacPro Racing Team

As Luca Engstler took his fifth victory out of the six TCR Asia races held so far, Saturday’s race one winner Daniel Lloyd, finished third on track and took his third win of the 2019 TCR China season.

During the first lap, both Engstler and Lloyd overtook Daniel Miranda and began chasing early overall leader Pepe Oriola. On lap four, Diego Moran passed Miranda for fourth position after they clashed several times on the same

On lap seven, Engstler passed Oriola for the overall lead and the lead in TCR Asia, going on to take his fifth win of the season.

Lloyd finished on track in third place, whilst finishing first in the TCR China race, completing the overall podium. Huang Chu Hang was second in the TCR China race with Lu Hao in the NewFaster Audi taking third place.

Lloyd’s team-mate Martin Xie who was third overall in race one retired on the final lap due to a technical issue. In the TCR China Driver standings, Lloyd has stretched his lead to 12 points over Huang.

Lloyd reflects on Shanghai…

Daniel Lloyd. Credit: MacPro Racing Team

“That was a fantastic weekend. The team have done an amazing job on the car and given me the perfect tool to get the job done. It was a great result for the Dongfeng Racing Team to secure the 1-2 start in the opening race,” explained Lloyd.

“I was pleased to be able to convert that into another race win; especially finishing first overall against the combined TCR Asia field.”

“We’re in a strong position now heading into the mid-way point of the season. Increasing the Championship lead is exactly what we needed to do. I’m looking forward to coming back out to Zhejiang again in a few weeks’ time.”

The TCR China Touring Car Championship follows the successful route of live streaming, which has worked for almost all TCR Series around the globe, by showing all of their races live on YouTube and on Facebook.

This is done on the AFOS (Asian Festival of Speed) YouTube Account which you can find here. You can also find live coverage of the races at TCR TV as well as on the TCR Asia Series and TCR China Facebook pages. The joint TCR Asia and TCR China series events use full English commentary, so this allows for a wider audience to follow the series outside of Asia.

To watch the full TCR Asia/TCR China Zhuhai races with English Commentary, please follow the link to my YouTube Playlist:

2019 TCR Asia International Series / 2019 TCR China Touring Car Championship

The 2019 TCR Asia International Series and the 2019 TCR China Touring Car Championship at Shanghai. Credit: TCR Asia-Ying Ching Heng

The next rounds of the 2019 TCR China Touring Car Championship will be at the Zhejiang International Circuit during the weekend of 5-7 July.

TCR Talk will be following Daniel Lloyd, as he competes against the 2019 TCR Asia International Series competitors whilst looking to secure his second TCR Title by winning the 2019 TCR China Touring Car Championship.

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.

Until next time, all the best!

Phil!!!

TCR Talk – The Brits Abroad: Lloyd looks to defend TCR China lead in Shanghai

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.

As well as following both Matt Howson and Bradley Burns, TCR Talk will be following the progress of 2018 TCR UK Touring Car Champion Daniel Lloyd.

Daniel Lloyd. Credit: BRSCC / TCR UK Series

For 2019, the Yorkshire driver has signed for the Dongfeng Honda Racing Team, operated by championship-winning squad MacPro Racing Team, where he competes in the TCR China Touring Car Championship, driving a Honda Civic Type R TCR.

TCR Talk will be concentrating on Lloyd’s progress in TCR China this year.

Adding to his 2019 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 was at Hockenheim in Germany.

You can find reports of Lloyd’s TCR Europe activities (covered by my good self on both websites) at both The Checkered Flag and Downforce Radio

The 2019 TCR China Touring Car Championship

2019 TCR Asia & TCR China Zhuhai race two start. Credit: TCR Asia-Ying Ching Heng

The TCR China Touring Car Championship got underway in Zhuhai at the start of May, where it ran alongside the 2019 TCR Asia International Series. This was the first of several doubleheader events where competitors from both series race together in combined grids.

With the TCR Concept reaching its fifth year of active competition, TCR China is one of several series that is now in its third season of competition and is building its grids nicely. Working alongside the other Asian based TCR Series, its seen entries from some of the best teams in the country as well as visiting teams such as Engstler Motorsport.

With big hitters such as Luca Engstler, Pepe Oriola and Diego Moran racing in TCR Asia, Lloyd was up against some strong competition in the opening rounds of the season. Daniel came first in the TCR China classification for race one and scored good points in the second race to take the championship lead.

Lloyd reflects on Zhuhai…

With the Zhuhai weekend ending well for the Dongfeng Honda Racing Team pilot, Lloyd remarked on how positive the opening races of the campaign went.

“We’ve had a brilliant start to the season so far, taking a race win and podium in the opening round. We mustn’t get complacent though, we still had a few issues to overcome. I’m hoping for a clearer couple of races this time around and to hopefully extend our lead at the top of the championship.”

“I’m looking forward to getting back out in the Honda Civic Type R and seeing how far we’ve moved on from the last round.”

Lloyd looks forward to Shanghai…

Daniel Lloyd. Credit: MacPro Racing

With the iconic 5.45km Shanghai International Circuit on the agenda this weekend, the Honda driver remains in a positive mood despite a difficult weekend last time out, where he made his debut in the highly competitive TCR Europe Touring Car Series for Brutal Fish Racing Team.

The 2018 TCR UK Touring Car Champion is hopeful of a better weekends racing.

“It’s great coming back to Shanghai again this weekend as I absolutely love the circuit, and have great memories of winning here on my last visit,” explained Lloyd.

“We made some big improvements to the car during the first round so fingers crossed we should be even stronger in Shanghai. The MacPro Racing team have a great deal of experience behind them, and the will to win.”

Where can you watch the action?

Lloyd will go up against Engstler and Oriola once again in Shanghai. Credit: TCR Asia-Ying Ching Heng

The TCR China Touring Car Championship follows the successful route of live streaming, which has worked for almost all TCR Series around the globe, by showing all of their races live on YouTube and on Facebook.

This is done on the AFOS (Asian Festival of Speed) YouTube Account which you can find here. You can also find live coverage of the races at TCR TV as well as on the TCR Asia Series and TCR China Facebook pages. The joint TCR Asia and TCR China series events use full English commentary, so this allows for a wider audience to follow the series outside of Asia.

To watch the full TCR Asia/TCR China Zhuhai races with English Commentary, please follow the link to my YouTube Playlist:

2019 TCR Asia International Series / 2019 TCR China Touring Car Championship

Daniel Lloyd. Credit: MacPro Racing

TCR Talk will be following Daniel Lloyd, as he competes against the 2019 TCR Asia International Series competitors whilst looking to secure his second TCR Title in the 2019 TCR China Touring Car Championship.

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.

Until next time, all the best!

Phil!!!

TCR Talk – The Brits Abroad: Highs and Lows for Burns at 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…

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…

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 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…

Bradley Burns. 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 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…

Bradley Burns. Credit: ADAC Motorsport/Gruppe C

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.”

Credit: ADAC Motorsport/Gruppe C

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!

Phil!!!