TCR Talk – The Brits Abroad: Burns returns to action in Zandvoort

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 return of the 2019 ADAC TCR Germany Touring Car Championship after its summer break, with the series racing at Zandvoort in the Netherlands. Below is a recap of how Bradley did last time out at the Red Bull Ring in Austria.

Last time out at the Red Bull Ring…

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.”

Burns thoughts ahead of Zandvoort…

Burns is back in action this weekend where he will race in rounds seven and eight of the series at Zandvoort in the Netherlands, which has been familiar territory for both The ADAC TCR Germany Touring Car Championship and the FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR).

Having endured a difficult time in Austria, where the Honda driver suffered from incidents in both races, Burns gives his thoughts ahead of this weekends action.

“After the 9-week break, I can’t wait to get back out racing again and I’m looking forward to arriving at Zandvoort on Wednesday. The team have been working hard since Red Bull Ring and we’ve made a lot of setup changes with the Honda to unlock more of the car’s potential, explained Burns

“I’m still leading the Junior Class going into this weekend but we know how important it is to come away with good results, especially as we approach the second part of the season.”

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 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!!!

TCR Talk Review: 2019 Michelin Pilot Challenge at Road America

A 1 hour, 40 minute rain delay shortened the 2019 edition of the Michelin Pilot Challenge Road America 120 to just 75 minutes in length, but a wet-dry-wet race threw the teams and fans plenty of action and curve balls.

Starting on dry tires on a wet, but drying track, Chad Gilsinger fought through the field from 12th position tp eventually take the lead before handing the car over to co-driver Ryan Eversley.  The team kept Gilsinger out longer on his stint as they waited for rain to return, making the decision to do a one-stop pit strategy.  It looked like the strategy would work out as the rain returned and Gilsinger pitted, swapping dry tires for wets and sticking Eversley in the driver’s seat.  It was all for naught however, as waiting to pit cost Eversley to miss the minimum drive time by a mere 8 seconds.  Despite crossing the finish line first, the #89 HART Honda Civic Type R would be sent to the back of the grid due to this penalty, handing the victory to the #21 Bryan Herta Autosport Hynundai Veloster.

The #37 LA Honda World Honda Civic Type R would be promoted to second place with the #61 Roadshagger Audi RS3 LMS inheriting 3rd.

Michelin Pilot Challenge will return to action at the end of the month, August 23rd – 25th at Virginia International Raceway.

(image courtesy of IMSA / Galstad)

TCR Talk – The Brits Abroad: Lloyd endures difficult weekend in Zhejiang

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 Zhejiang 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 at Zhejiang…

Daniel Lloyd. Credit: TCR China

Luca Engstler took a dominant victory in the TCR Asia/TCR China first race at Zhejiang International Circuit and staked a serious claim on his second consecutive TCR Asia title.

Huang Chu Han finished in third position overall and won the TCR China race, reducing his gap in the standings from Daniel Lloyd.

Engstler took the lead at the start from pole position and pulled away at the rate of one second per lap faster than his closest competitors. Behind him, there was a close fight for the second position. Lloyd led the group of chasers, but he made a mistake and went wide at the last turn at the end of the second lap, Pepe Oriola and Huang took the opportunity to pass him, moving up to second and third.

On lap 6, Huang passed Oriola, but the Spaniard didn’t give up and retook the second position on lap eleven. In the final part of the race, Huang settled in third position that meant he would take victory in the TCR China classification, while Lloyd defended fourth place from Diego Morán.

The best of the new MG6 TCR cars, that of Zhang Zhen Dong was classified in twelfth position after fighting for tenth with Gao Hua Yang’s Hyundai and Martin Xie’s Honda.

The Honda Civic FK7 of Daniel Lloyd was later excluded from Zhejiang’s first race after failing to pass the ride height check. Lloyd’s exclusion meant that Kenneth Look and Martin Xie were promoted to second and third in the final results of TCR China’s first race and also that the Briton lost the first position in the championship standings.

Race Two in Zhejiang

Daniel Lloyd. Credit: TCR China

Huang Chu Han finished fourth overall in the race and repeated his race one victory in the TCR China classification by taking back to back wins.

At the start, Martin Xie sprinted ahead of Daniel Miranda who sat on pole position, but at turn one, the Filipino driver hit the back of Xie’s Honda. This helped Morán to pass both drivers and take the lead. During the opening lap, Pepe Oriola overtook both Miranda and Xie, moving up into second. Xie, then, pitted for repairs after the incident with Miranda.

On lap three, Engstler had recovered to third after starting from tenth and began chasing Oriola. For several laps, the Spaniard defended heavily, as Engstler made a mistake and dropped to fourth position, behind Huang.

Engstler moved back into third position for good on lap twelve, but it was too late to catch up with Oriola again. Adam Khalid also overtook Lloyd for fifth on lap twelve as well.

In the TCR China classification, Lloyd was second behind Huang, while Zhang Zhen Dong finished in tenth position overall and gave the new MG6 TCR its first podium in the series. Huang has stretched the gap in the standings to nine points over Honda driver Daniel Lloyd with four races left to go.

Lloyd reflects on Zhejiang

Daniel Lloyd. Credit: TCR China

“It was a tough weekend. We were carrying a lot of success ballast from Shanghai. Effectively we were 80kg heavier,” said Lloyd.

“We did a really good job in qualifying to claim the TCR China pole, and second overall. Running on new tyres we managed to get a fast lap out of the Honda, but it was really hard to with so much weight on-board. All three of us in the team struggled. I was happy with my own performance overall, but Zhejiang is a very hilly circuit, and the weight just killed our pace.

The reigning TCR UK Champion then went on to explain why he was excluded from the first TCR China race results.

“Failing the ride-height inspection after race one was a real shame. We saw from the damper sensor during the race that it had dropped below the limit. The team checked everything beforehand though and there was plenty of clearance. Unfortunately, it just meant that we lost the points from that race,” explained Lloyd.
 
“I’m still very much in the fight for the championship title, as is the team. We’re confident for the next round at Ningbo.”

Daniel Lloyd. Credit: TCR China

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 Zhejiang. Credit: TCR Asia-TCR China

The next rounds of the 2019 TCR China Touring Car Championship will be at the Ningbo International Speedpark during the weekend of 13-15 of September.

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: Howson ready for Fuji Fightback

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 new for 2019 TCR Japan Touring Car Series for KCMG Honda…

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

Last time out in Sugo…

The 2019 TCR Japan Touring Car Series held its second weekend of racing at Sugo, where Matt Howson endured a difficult weekend for the KCMG Honda squad and managed to maintain a small lead in the Driver’s Championship…

The TCR Japan Touring Car Series at Sugo. Credit: KCMG / TCR Japan

Race One…

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.

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

Matt Howson. Credit: KCMG / TCR Japan

Race Two…

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’s thoughts ahead of Fuji…

Matt Howson. Credit: KCMG / TCR Japan

Howson is back in action this weekend where he will race in rounds five and six of the series at Fuji, former home to the Japanese Grand Prix and often used venue for Endurance racing. The British driver will be joined by regular team-mate Yukinori Taniguchi and team principal Paul Ip, making his debut in the series.

Having endured a difficult time at Sugo, where the Honda driver carried maximum ballast and suffered from an early incident in race two, Howson gives his thoughts ahead of Fuji this weekend.

“The Fuji round of TCR Japan takes us over halfway in the season. As in Sugo, the objective is to preserve our championship lead. The last round was difficult to win outright due to the Balance of Performance going against us,” explained Howson.

“Hopefully there will be adjustments and the layout of the track will help us get back into contention. The long straight will make for some close action, so they should be exciting races until the final lap.”

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 in 2019.

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: 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 Review: 2019 Michelin Pilot Challenge at Watkins Glen

Qualifying

Michael Lewis put the #98 Bryan Herta Autosport Hyundai Veloster on pole with a time of 1:56.888, nearly a half second faster than the #54 JDC Miller Audi RS3 LMS DSG of Michael Johnson.  Jay Salinsky and the #23 FAST MD Racing Audi RS3 LMS DSG was third quickest as the teams prepped for the 4-hour race.


Race

The #73 LA Honda World Racing Honda Civic Type R TCR of Mike LaMarra and Matt Pombo took the victory after skating home in the rain on slick tires.  This was the third victory for a LA Honda World car this season after the sister #37 machine won the opening two rounds.  The pole-sitting #98 Hyundai would come home second with the #61 Roadshagger Racing by eEuroparts.com Audi RS3 LMS DSG of Gavin Ernstone and Jonathan Morley third, the pair’s second-straight podium finish.

With 35 minutes left in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge at Watkins Glen, it was hard to imagine the Honda Civic of Matt Pombo and Mike La Marra would salvage a finish in the TCR class.

Pombo became a victim of the rain on slick tyres, skating into the Turn 11 barriers alongside a GS car to bring out a full course yellow. Running second at the time, Pombo was able to hold the position and continue on before restarting with around 15 minutes left.

Not having changed tyres, the Honda suffered early on the restart and Pombo watched the Hyundai Veloster N driven by Mark Wilkins pull away on wet tyres. But the track dried, and conditions came back to favour the Honda. After trailing the Hyundai by more than five seconds, Pombo captured the lead and sped off to an impressive 21-second victory.

Wilkins and co-driver Michael Lewis – the polesitter for the race – finished second, while sneaking into third, earning their second straight podium finish was the Audi RS 3 LMS of Gavin Ernstone and Jonathan Morley.

The tyres – especially the front left ones – were a decisive factor in the 4-hour race. After a blown tyre forced the championship-leading Honda of Tom O’Gorman and Shelby Blackstock to start from the back of the grid after a crash in Qualifying, a series of flat tyres resulted in incidents during the race.

Three Honda cars crashed at the very same corner: Matt Mullan’s, Chad Gilsinger’s and Todd Lamb’s; only the latter was able to rejoin. Michael Johnson’s Audi too was a victim and collected the other Audi of Nick Galante. The O’Gorman-Blackstock Honda crashed again but rejoined to finish fifth and so its drivers retained the lead in the standings, eight points clear of Lewis-Wilkins.

The Alfa Romeo Giulietta of Tim Lewis and Roy Block was classified sixth after fighting for the lead during the first two hours.

The #37 LA Honda World Racing Honda Civic still sits atop the championship standings with 122 points with the #98 Bryan Herta Autosport Hyundai second with 114.  The #12 eEuroparts.com Rowe Racing Audi sits third with 107, just ahead of their team #61 eEuroparts.com car with 104.

The Michelin Pilot Challenge series is next in action at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Bowmanville, Ontario on Saturday July 6th @ 1:45pm ET with the race streaming live on IMSA.TV.

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 Review: 2019 ADAC TCR Germany Touring Car Championship – Spielberg

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 Red Bull Ring circuit in Spielberg, from Qualifying all the way through to Race One on Saturday and Race Two on Sunday…

In the build-up to the race weekend, there was some surprising news as the latest driver of the guest entry being run by Hyundai Team Engstler was revealed…

Tarquini is the Hyundai guest star at the Red Bull Ring

Gabriele Tarquini. Credit: ADAC Motorsport/Gruppe C

Gabriele Tarquini will be Hyundai’s guest driver in the ADAC TCR Germany Touring Car Championship event at the Red Bull Ring. The Italian ace who is currently seventh in the WTCR standings follows Jessica Bäckman who drove the guest i30 N car at Most in the Czech Republic last time out.

“I saw many races on TV last year, especially after Hyundai’s joined the series,” said Tarquini. “The races are very exciting and great to watch because the level of the drivers is very high. I’m looking forward to starting in a German racing series again after the 1999 STW season.”

The Austrian event is the third of the season for the German championship that is currently led by Mike Halder in the Honda Civic run by the Profi-Car Team. Halder is followed by Max Hesse (Team Engstler Hyundai) and Antti Buri (LMS Racing Audi RS 3 LMS) who are 15 and 17 points behind respectively.

Defending champion, Harald Proczyk (HP Racing International Hyundai), is placed fourth, a further 20 points adrift. In 2018 the two races at the Red Bull Ring were won by the Audi of Niels Langeveld and by Proczyk in an Opel Astra.

Steibel claims his first pole position in TCR Germany

Sebastian Steibel. Credit: ADAC Motorsport/Gruppe C

Sebastian Steibel claimed his first ever pole position in the ADAC TCR Germany series as he topped both Q1 and Q2 at the Red Bull Ring.

Driving his Volkswagen Golf GTI run by his own team, Steibel posted a lap of 1:37.137 in Q2 that was only six-hundredths of a second faster than that set by Julien Apothéloz’s CUPRA (1:37.197), forming an unprecedented front row on the grid for race one.

Reigning champion Harald Proczyk qualified in third position, followed by young Malaysian Mitchell Cheah and Hyundai guest driver Gabriele Tarquini.

It was a bad day for the championship’s main contenders, as Mike Halder and Max Hesse – who were first and second in the standings coming into the event – were slowed by technical issues and did not qualify for Q2. Antti Buri made the cut but could not qualify better than seventh.

Proczyk storms to opening race victory at the Red Bull Ring

Harald Procyzk. Credit: ADAC Motorsport/Gruppe C

Reigning TCR Germany champion Harald Proczyk took a stunning victory in the opening race at the Red Bull Ring after a brilliant start saw him leap from third on the grid into the lead by the first turn.

A chaotic start saw the Audi RS 3 LMS of Antti Buri take to the grass in the dash for the first corner, while contact with Théo Coicaud meant guest driver Gabriele Tarquini pulled up at the exit to the first turn with broken steering. The safety car was deployed while Tarquini’s Hyundai was recovered, with Proczyk leading from Julien Apothéloz and Mitchell Cheah. Pole-sitter Sebastian Steibel having dropped to fifth behind Buri.

When racing resumed after two laps behind the safety car, Proczyk caught out the chasing pack and began to build a comfortable lead. Cheah was soon battling with Apothéloz for second place whilst both Coicaud and Max Hesse had passed Steibel, who now dropped to seventh.

On lap five, contact between Bradley Burns’ Honda Civic and the Hyundai of Lukas Niedertscheider saw the British youngster up on two wheels before heading towards the pits and retirement. The incident clearly didn’t slow Niedertscheider, who was soon up into eighth place.

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

The race then settled down for several laps, with Proczyk opening up a slight gap over Apothéloz, Cheah and Buri whilst there were several changes of position behind the scrap for the podium places. At the start of lap eleven, there was contact between Cheah and Apothéloz which saw both Cheah and Buri quickly pass the CUPRA for second and third places respectively.

While the battle for second and third positions raged, several drivers received drive-through penalties for overtaking while the safety car was on track. Michelle Halder steadily improved to eighth, while Hesse dropped outside the top ten.

Proczyk was never troubled and took a straightforward win on home ground. Buri failed to snatch second place away from Cheah and so had to settle for third place ahead of Apothéloz. Coicaud was fifth, Steibel finished sixth and the top ten was completed by Niedertscheider, Michelle Halder, René Kircher and Maurits Sandberg.

Buri leads the Drivers’ series by nine points from Mike Halder, who slipped to second after being classified as the last-placed finisher, while Proczyk is now in third place on the same number of points as Halder.

Antti Buri claims another Race two victory in Austria

Antti Buri. Credit: ADAC Motorsport/Gruppe C

Finland’s Antti Buri, driving the LMS Racing Audi RS3 LMS, took victory in race two at the Red Bull Ring, holding off the reigning champion and race one winner Harald Proczyk, with pole-sitter René Kircher completing the podium places.

The opening moments of the race proved decisive. Michelle Halder, starting second on the grid, made a better start than Kircher and took the lead into turn one, with Buri having passed Dominik Fugel for third place. Guest driver Gabriele Tarquini briefly snatched third from Buri before contact with another car allowed the Finn to reclaim the position.

Buri then passed Kircher for second place on lap two, followed swiftly by Cheah who moved into third position. Racing was then put on hold for several laps after the safety car was deployed while Dominik Fugel’s car was recovered following contact with the Opel Astra of Jan Seyffert.

Racing resumed on lap seven, with Buri immediately attacking Michelle Halder for the lead. Going into turn one, the Audi eased past the Honda on the inside line, with Cheah also passing as Halder was forced to run slightly wide. Following slight contact, Proczyk then also passed Halder for P3, with the Profi-Car Team driver dropping from the lead to fourth in the space of less than a minute.

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

Several drivers incurred penalties for infringements, with Bradley Burns given a drive-through for pushing another car. At the head of the field, and during a tense battle with Buri for the lead, Cheah also received a drive-through after it was judged that he had jumped the start. The penalty saw the Malaysian drop from second place to eventually finish the race in the tenth position and meant that Proczyk moved into second place.

It also took the pressure off Buri, who now had a comfortable advantage at the head of the field. Proczyk was too far back to make any inroads into that lead, while there were also sizeable gaps between Proczyk, Kircher and Michelle Halder. Things were a lot closer in a five-way battle for fifth to ninth, although it seemed that every time Julien Apothéloz passed Mike Halder for eighth place, Halder would retake the position at the very next corner.

So Buri took his third win of the season, beating Proczyk by 6.7 seconds. Kircher’s third place meant there were two Audi cars on the podium, while Michelle Halder and Max Hesse completed the top five. The remainder of the top ten places were occupied by Lukas Niedertscheider, Théo Coicaud, Mike Halder, Julien Apothéloz and Mitchell Cheah.

Buri stretched his lead in the standings to 13 points over Proczyk, while Mike Halder is third, a further 18 points adrift. The 2019 ADAC TCR Germany Touring Car Championship will now take a two-month break before racing 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

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 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!