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

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

Proczyk tops a red-flagged Qualifying at Hockenheim

Harald Proczyk. Credit: ADAC Motorsport/Gruppe C

The ADAC TCR Germany Touring Car Championship’s reigning champion Harald Proczyk started from pole position in race one at Hockenheim.

After posting the fastest lap in Q1, the Austrian driver encored the effort in Q2, beating guest driver Andreas Bäckman by two tenths just before the session was red-flagged with one minute left on the clock when Jessica Bäckman pulled up with a technical issue.

In Q1, five different drivers visited the top of the timesheet. Dominic Fugel was the first one to complete a lap under the one minute fifty mark with a time of 1:49.273. Pascal Eberle ousted him with a lap of 1:49.062, before Fugel improved again to 1:48.602, then Proczyk was clocked fastest at 1:48.441.

Pascal Eberle. Credit: ADAC Motorsport/Gruppe C

Max Hesse moved ahead posting a 1:47.696 that he immediately improved to 1:47.683, but Proczyk had the last word with a lap of 1:47.390. Lukas Niedertscheider and Théo Coicaud were placed in third and fourth respectively, completing a Hyundai 1-2-3-4; they were followed by Bradley Burns’ Honda in fifth position.

In Q2, Andreas Bäckman posted a provisional fastest lap of 1:47.669, but Proczyk went faster with an effort of 1:47.461. Coicaud and Hesse made another Hyundai quartet on top of the field while it was Mike Halder who qualified in fifth position with the fastest of the Honda cars.

Fugel and Burns qualified tenth and ninth in the session, securing the front row spots on the reverse grid for Sunday’s race. After the session, Bradley Burns times were disallowed by the serie organisers and the British driver withdrew from the event.

Harald Proczyk heads a Hyundai 1-2-3 at Hockenheim

Harald Proczyk. Credit: ADAC Motorsport/Gruppe C

Harald Proczyk took a lights-to-flag victory in race one at the Hockenheimring, finishing ahead of Max Hesse and Théo Coicaud to complete an all-Hyundai podium.

Pole-sitter Proczyk made a superb start and led going into turn one, with Mike Halder making up three positions by passing Hesse, Coicaud and guest driver Andreas Bäckman to lie in second position. Hesse and Coicaud immediately began battling for third place, while the CUPRA of Julien Apothéloz made contact with another car and was forced to pit for repairs.

On Lap two, Coicaud forced Halder to run wide and so Coicaud, Hesse and Bäckman all moved up a place as a result and Halder dropped back to fifth position. On the next lap, the Audi RS 3 LMS of championship leader Antti Buri made contact with Lukas Niedertscheider’s Hyundai while the pair were fighting for seventh place, although the battle would rage for much of the race.

Lap four saw the Honda Civic FK2 of Marcel Fugel suffer steering failure and the car ended up in the barrier at turn seventeen, which brought out the safety car. When the race resumed on lap nine, Mike Halder wasted no time in attacking Andreas Bäckman and he moved up to fourth place. Andreas then ran wide, dropping three places and allowing Dominik Fugel, Buri and Niedertscheider to move ahead.

Andreas Bäckman. Credit: ADAC Motorsport/Gruppe C

On lap ten, Michelle Halder ran wide as she locked up her brakes at the hairpin, while the following lap saw second place change hands when Hesse passed Coicaud. The twelfth lap then delivered the race’s most dramatic incident, when Niedertscheider made a move on Buri and Andreas Bäckman moved between the pair to run three abreast.

Bäckman then went straight on after possible contact, while an impossibly late-braking move from Niedertscheider meant he collided with Buri’s car and the pair went off. Buri dropped to tenth place but continued, while Niedertscheider’s car was stranded with broken steering.

The safety car was deployed again, but with less than four minutes of the thirty-minute race remaining, Niedertscheider’s car couldn’t be recovered in time and so the race finished behind the safety car. Proczyk, Hesse and Coicaud made it an all-Hyundai top three, with Mike Halder holding onto fourth ahead of Dominik Fugel.

The result means Buri’s lead in the series has been slashed to just three points, with second-placed Hesse now ten points ahead of Proczyk. Mike Halder is a further twenty-two points behind Proczyk in fourth position.

Victory for Hesse moves him into the championship lead

Max Hesse. Credit: ADAC Motorsport/Gruppe C

Max Hesse took a commanding victory in race two at Hockenheim and so moved into the lead of the 2019 ADAC TCR Germany Touring Car Championship. Guest driver Jessica Bäckman finished second and defending champion Harald Proczyk was third, delivering the second all-Hyundai podium of the weekend.

At the start, the pole-sitter Michelle Halder was first into turn one, but Dominik Fugel passed her to take the lead at the hairpin at with Jessica Bäckman then also passing Michelle for second position. A superb start saw Hesse leap from sixth on the grid to lie in third place at the end of a frantic opening lap.

On lap two, the hairpin was again the scene of the action when there was a three-way collision between Andreas Bäckman, Théo Coicaud and Pascal Eberle. The incident forced both Coicaud and Eberle to retire, whilst Bäckman received a drive-through penalty for causing the collision and so dropped outside the top ten.

The next lap then saw Hesse pass Jessica Bäckman for second and then began to close the gap to the leader, Fugel. The lead changed hands on Lap 5, with Jessica Bäckman also passing Fugel to lie in second place. Two laps later, Proczyk took third place from Fugel.

Dominik Fugel. Credit: ADAC Motorsport/Gruppe C

Antti Buri started the race with a slender lead in the championship, but started from tenth on the grid and never really looked like threatening the leaders. He was passed for seventh place by Julien Apothéloz in lap 15, but the Swiss was soon forced to pull up with what appeared to be broken steering.

Buri’s relief was to be short-lived, however, as his challenge faded over the final few laps and the Audi eventually finished twelfth.

There were no such dramas for the drivers at the head of the field and Hesse took the chequered flag a little under half a second ahead of Jessica Bäckman, with Proczyk in third place a further nine-tenths adrift. Behind the three Hyundai cars came three Honda Civic cars, with Dominik Fugel finishing fourth, ahead of Mike and Michelle Halder.

The result means Hesse has moved into the lead in the championship standings and is now fourteen points ahead of Proczyk with Buri having dropped to third place, a further seven points behind Proczyk.
The title will be decided at the series’ final round at the Sachsenring on September 28-29.

Where can you watch the action?

The 2019 ADAC TCR Germany Touring Car Championship at Hockenheim. 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 Hockenheim. 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 Review: 2019 ADAC TCR Germany Touring Car Championship – Nurburgring

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 Nürburgring, 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…

Thierry Neuville is the Hyundai guest star at the Nürburgring

Thierry Neuville. Credit: ADAC Motorsport/Gruppe C

World Rally Championship star Thierry Neuville was the latest Hyundai guest driver at the Nürburgring, where his Hyundai i30 N car was run by Hyundai Team Engstler.

The 31-year-old Belgian has finished four times a runner up in WRC (2013, 2016, 2017 and 2018), scoring 11 victories. At the wheel of a Hyundai i20 Coupe he lies in third place in the standings, twenty-five points behind the leader Ott Tänak (Toyota Yaris) and three behind the second-placed Sébastien Ogier (Citroën C3).

This will be Neuville’s first-ever participation in a major circuit race, for which he is being coached and tutored by the reigning WTCR champion Gabriele Tarquini.

Thierry Neuville sets pole position for his maiden race

Thierry Neuville. Credit: ADAC Motorsport/Gruppe C

World Rally Championship star Thierry Neuville managed to surprise all of his competitors in Qualifying at the Nürburgring. Coached by WTCR champion Gabriele Tarquini, Neuville drove his Hyundai i30 N to set the fastest laps in both Q1 and Q2.

Neuville’s fellow driver at Team Engstler, Max Hesse, qualified in second position and pocketed the five points awarded for the ADAC TCR Germany pole position because the guest driver is not eligible to score points.

Title contenders Mike Halder and Harald Proczyk posted the third and fifth fastest laps and so scored four and two points, reducing their gaps to championship leader Antti Buri to 20 and 10 points respectively.

Mitchell Cheah and Max Hesse. Credit: ADAC Motorsport/Gruppe C

In Q1 Julien Apothéloz and Théo Coicaud were the first drivers to post provisional fastest laps, but it was Hesse who was the first to clock a time under the 1 minute 35 mark. The young German set two provisional fastest laps of 1:34.681 and 1:34.294. However, with seven minutes left on the clock, Neuville set a time of 1:33.815. With the Belgian firmly in control, the focus switched to the battle to make the cut for Q2.

Kai Jordan, Apothéloz and Buri made it into the top twelve, while Michelle Halder – the winner of the second race at Zandvoort – was eliminated, only 65 thousandths of a second behind Jordan.

In Q2, Hesse and Neuville were the only drivers to lap in the 1:33 range on their first attempt. The second run resulted in improvements for Halder, Coicaud and Proczyk who were placed third, fourth and fifth respectively.

Hesse was also able to go faster, but his 1:33.845 was 37 thousandths of a second too slow for stealing the pole from Neuville. Series returnee Pascal Eberle and Mitchell Cheah qualified tenth and ninth, securing the front row spots on the reverse grid for the second race that took place on Sunday.

Winning debut for Thierry Neuville at the Nürburgring

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

Guest star Thierry Neuville completed an amazing debut in circuit racing, as he dominated the first ADAC TCR Germany Touring Car Championship race at the Nürburgring. Neuville led for the whole distance and his race leading position was never questioned, despite dealing with a safety car period.

With Neuville not eligible to score, his team-mate Max Hesse happily settled in second position to take away maximum points to aid his championship charge.

At the start, Neuville sprinted away from pole, while Harald Proczyk dived to the inside of Hesse at turn one, making contact with Mike Halder’s car that spun triggering a chain reaction. Michelle Halder swerved onto the grass in avoidance as Théo Coicaud, Dominik Fugel and Karen Gaillard all came together and spun, causing Antti Buri to lose several positions.

Bradley Burns retirement from race one of The 2019 ADAC TCR Germany Touring Car Championship at the Nürburgring. Credit: ADAC Motorsport/Gruppe C

Proczyk’s car was damaged after the incident and so the Austrian was passed by team-mate Lukas Niedertscheider, Julien Apothéloz, Buri and Mitchell Cheah, dropping from third to seventh place.

On lap five, Burns pulled over the Pyro Motorsport Honda after a scary engine failure on track and the safety car was deployed. When the race restarted on lap eleven, Neuville pulled away again, followed by Hesse, while Apothéloz and Buri began a thrilling fight for third place that lasted until the end of the race with the Swiss driver managing to beat Buri by one-tenth of a second at the finish line.

Proczyk dropped further down the order thanks to his damaged Hyundai and finished in eleventh position, while half-a-dozen drivers were given a drive-through for a jump-start, including the Halder siblings.

The race one result means that Buri is still at the head of the standings, with Hesse now moved into second place only twenty-four points behind. Proczyk has slipped down to third, two points behind Hesse, while Halder is fourth with a gap of forty-four points to Buri.

Max Hesse declared the winner of a shortened race two

Max Hesse. Credit: ADAC Motorsport/Gruppe C

The second race at the Nürburgring was plagued by terrible weather conditions as torrential rain hit the track after a few laps, resulting in a safety car intervention that was followed by the red flag and the announcement that the race would not be resumed.

Eventually, Max Hesse was declared the winner with Pascal Eberle in second place ahead of championship leader Antti Buri and Mike Halder… however, the race originally had a much different look…

In dry conditions pole-sitter Eberle stalled at the start allowing Dominik Fugel to take the lead ahead of Buri, Cheah and Proczyk. Cheah passed Buri for second before the Finn was hit by Lukas Niedertscheider and sent wide at turn two, dropping to eleventh place.

As the rain began to fall, Proczyk passed Cheah and Fugel to take the lead whilst Théo Coicaud, whose car was badly damaged at the front, and Hesse followed in fourth and fifth places respectively. Eberle, Mike Halder, Thierry Neuville, Julien Apothéloz and Buri completed the top ten places.

The controversial second race 2019 ADAC TCR Germany Touring Car Championship at the Nürburgring….that started in the dry. Credit: ADAC Motorsport/Gruppe C

Coicaud stopped, smoke coming from his engine just before a shower hit the track. A number of drivers pitted for rain tyres, including Proczyk, Fugel and Cheah, while Hesse inherited the lead ahead of Eberle, Buri, Halder, Apothéloz and Neuville.

Proczyk rejoined having lost one lap, but rain intensified and on lap six all of the drivers who hadn’t pitted – Hesse, Eberle, Buri, Halder, Apothéloz and Neuville – went off the track and rejoined. Buri, Halder, Apothéloz and Neuville elected to pit for rain tyres, while Hesse and Eberle stayed off, still on slicks in first and second position.

As the weather worsened, the safety car was deployed and after two laps the race was red-flagged. The final results were declared at the end of lap six, with Hesse, Eberle, Buri, Mike Halder, Apothéloz and Neuville declared in the first six places of the final order.

The race was not resumed and so only half points were awarded. Buri has retains the lead in the standings with a margin of twenty-two points over Hesse, while Proczyk and Halder are third and fourth, with gaps of thirty-eight and forty-six points respectively.

The 2019 ADAC TCR Germany Touring Car Championship’s next race meeting will be at Hockenheimring.

Where can you watch the action?

The 2019 ADAC TCR Germany Touring Car Championship at the Nürburgring. 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

Jörg Schori. Credit: Lubner Motorsport

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 Review: 2019 ADAC TCR Germany Touring Car Championship – Zandvoort

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

Dominik Fugel wins pole position in Qualifying

Dominik Fugel. Credit: ADAC Motorsport/Gruppe C

In a wet Qualifying session at Zandvoort, Dominik Fugel claimed his maiden pole position in the ADAC TCR Germany Touring Car Championship. In Q2, Fugel drove his Profi-Car Honda Civic to complete a lap of the Dutch circuit in 1:59.960, thirty six-thousandths of a second fastest than Bradley Burns in the Pyro Motorsport run Honda Civic.

The three title contenders – Harald Proczyk, Mike Halder and Antti Buri – filled positions third to fifth, with Proczyk who setting the third fastest lap. In the process, the Austrian cut two points off Buri’s championship-leading margin to 11 points.

In Q1, Mike Halder set the fastest lap of 1:58.697 just before the chequered flag fell, demoting Max Hesse and Burns to second and third respectively. The top-twelve who advanced to Q2 were completed by Fugel, Buri, Proczyk, Hyundai’s guest driver Lance David Arnold, Théo Coicaud, Mitchell Cheah, René Kircher, Michelle Halder and Julien Apothéloz.

Julien Apothéloz. Credit: ADAC Motorsport/Gruppe C

Jan Seyffert failed to make the cut in the Lubner Motorsport run LADA Vesta, finishing in thirteenth position, two tenths behind Apothéloz.

Proczyk clocked the first provisional fastest lap in Q2, but was soon beaten by Burns. Fugel jumped to the top with the time of 1:58.960 on his second flying lap, then Burns improved to 1:58.996 but it wasn’t enough to beat Fugel and he had to settle for second place.

The last driver to improve was Apothéloz who advanced from tenth to seventh, leaving pole position on the top-ten reversed grid for race two to Arnold.

Max Hesse wins a thrilling Race 1 at Zandvoort

Max Hesse. Credit: ADAC Motorsport/Gruppe C

Max Hesse claimed his maiden victory in the ADAC TCR Germany Touring Car Championship, as he emerged as the winner of a thrilling first race at Zandvoort after starting from sixth on the grid. Reigning champion Harald Proczyk finished third, behind Mike Halder and closed within five points of Antti Buri in the standings.

Julien Apothéloz was stripped of his seventh place on the grid because of a ride height infringement and started from tenth place on the grid. Théo Coicaud and Mitchell Cheah, who had qualified sixth and eleventh, were both dropped to the back of the grid after they received their third warning of the season.

At the start, Fugel sprinted away from pole, whilst Mike Halder moved into second after starting from fourth as Proczyk passed Bradley Burns for third. During the first lap, Cheah crashed at turn ten after making contact with Michelle Halder. Cheah limped back to the pits, but the race was red-flagged to allow for repairs to be made to the barriers.

Jan Seyffert in the Lubner Motorsport Lada Vesta. Credit: ADAC Motorsport/Gruppe C

With 20 minutes left on the clock, the safety car led the field back on track for one lap and when racing resumed, Fugel led from Halder, Proczyk, Burns and Buri. On lap four, Proczyk overtook Halder for second, whilst Hesse advanced from eighth to fifth as he overtook Buri, Burns and Lance D. Arnold in a single bold on track move.

Proczyk dived to the inside of Fugel at the first turn on lap six, making contact and seeing Proczyk take the lead, while Fugel lost momentum and dropped to fourth behind Halder and Hesse. Race control ordered Proczyk to swap positions with Fugel and so he dropped to fourth, as Halder took the lead from Hesse and Fugel.

Hesse was able to pass Halder on lap twelve who reacted however contact between the two resulted in Hesse retaking the lead. Proczyk benefitted from the commotion and passed Fugel to finish third.

Lights-to-flag win for Michelle Halder at Zandvoort

Michelle Halder. Credit: ADAC Motorsport/Gruppe C

Michelle Halder became the first female driver to win a race in the ADAC TCR Germany Touring Car Championship as she took an authoritative lights-to-flag win in Zandvoort’s second race.

Antti Buri and her brother Mike completed the podium, whilst Saturday’s race winner Max Hesse finished in ninth position despite driving sideways for the final laps after his car was damaged in a collision with Harald Proczyk.

Michelle Halder started from pole and managed to beat Lance David Arnold to take the lead. As she pulled away tough battles for the positions developed behind with Buri passing René Kircher and Arnold to move into second. Proczyk, Mike Halder, Dominik Fugel and Hesse were driving side by side and made contact on lap two with Proczyk getting the worst of it and dropping from fourth to seventh.

Lance David Arnold. Credit: ADAC Motorsport/Gruppe C

Within a few laps, Mike Halder closed the gap on both Buri and Arnold, while Fugel pitted with a technical issue, which promoted Hesse and Proczyk to fifth and sixth respectively.

On lap ten, Mike Halder passed Arnold for third and began chasing Buri as the fight for fifth place between Hesse and Proczyk culminated with their cars coming together on lap fourteen. Something broke in Hesse’s car that left the young Hyundai driver to control it the car as it was running sideways.

Michelle Halder claimed her maiden victory from Buri, her brother Mike, Arnold and Proczyk.
In the standings, Buri is still leading with a margin of 12 points over Proczyk whilst Mike Halder has moved back into third, 24 points off the leader. Hesse has dropped from third to fourth a further 13 points adrift.

The series now moves to the Nürburgring that will host Rounds nine and ten.

Where can you watch the action?

The 2019 ADAC TCR Germany Touring Car Championship at Zandvoort. 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 Zandvoort. 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: Hockenheim awaits for Bradley Burns

During 2019, TCR Talk will be following the progress of the various British drivers racing in TCR Series abroad. We continue this series with Bradley Burns, who is competing in the 2019 ADAC TCR Germany Touring Car Championship for Pyro Motorsport Honda…

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

The Nürburgring weekend…

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

It’s safe to say that the following weekend at the Nürburgring can be classified as Pyro Motorsports most challenging weekend in the series so far. After showing good pace in Free Practice, Bradley lined up seventeenth on the grid as the result of a difficult Qualifying session. Despite making a good start, the Honda driver was forced to retire at the final chicane before the end of lap one due to an engine fire.

With the teams working overnight to get a new engine in place, Burns was able to join the grid at the back for race two. The British driver made a good start and was making progress through the field as he battled with the likes of Burri and Michelle Halder. However, a deluge hit the track after lap six and despite being one of the first runners to come in for wet tyres, the race was declared at the six laps mark, leaving Burns to take home an eleventh place finish.

Burns reflects on The Nürburgring

Bradley Burns. Credit: ADAC Motorsport-Gruppe C Photography

“We gave it everything we had but things just didn’t come together for us this weekend. The pace was good in FP1 and FP2 but we had a wheel stud failure on my first flying lap in qualifying and had to start Race 1 from the back. I battled up to P9 before the engine let go and ended our race early but the guys at Pyro did an amazing job to get another power unit in the car for Race 2,” explained Burns.

“Although we started from last again, we made quick progress through the field and pitted for wets at just the right moment. The team pulled off a quick stop and got me back out again so, once everybody else had been pitted, we were up in P2 before the race was red-flagged. Unfortunately, the race result was taken two laps before so we were classified P11 which is frustrating but we look forward to Hockenheim next month where hopefully we can have a change in fortunes.”

Burns thoughts ahead of Hockenheim…

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

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

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

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

Where can you watch the action?

Credit: ADAC Motorsport-Gruppe C Photography

The ADAC TCR Germany Series follows the successful route, which has worked for almost all TCR Series around the globe, of showing all of their races live on YouTube.

This is done on the ADAC YouTube Account which you can find here. The ADAC TCR Germany Touring Car Championship is one of several series that has English commentary along with WTCR, TCR Europe, TCR Australia and TCR UK, so this allows for a wider audience to follow the series. You can also find the races broadcast live at TCR TV.

To catch up with any of the 2019 races that you have missed with English Commentary, please follow the link to my YouTube Playlist:

2019 ADAC TCR Germany

Bradley Burns. Credit: ADAC Motorsport/Gruppe C

TCR Talk will be following Bradley Burns, with great interest as he competes in one of the toughest TCR Series that is part of the Global TCR Family.

I will be keeping things up to date on here as well as in The Official TCR Talk Group & The TCR UK Fans Group where members will also be sharing their thoughts and any news from The 2019 FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR), The 2019 TCR Europe Touring Car Series, The 2019 TCR UK Touring Car Championship and other Domestic & Regional TCR Series from around the world.

All images are used in this blog are courtesy of ADAC Motorsport/Gruppe C unless otherwise credited.

Until next time, all the best!

Phil!!!

TCR Talk – The Brits Abroad: Highs and Lows for Burns during TCR Germany double header event

During 2019, TCR Talk will be following the progress of the various British drivers racing in TCR Series abroad. We continue this series with Bradley Burns, who is competing in the 2019 ADAC TCR Germany Touring Car Championship for Pyro Motorsport Honda…

Here is the TCR Talk roundup of Bradley’s performances at both Circuit Park Zandvoort in the Netherlands and at the Nürburgring in Germany as the series returned fro the summer with back to back events.

The Zandvoort weekend…

Bradley Burns. Credit: ADAC Motorsport/Gruppe C

During a weekend that witnessed contrasting weather conditions at the beachside circuit, Bradley Burns excelled in the wet condition during Qualifying to line up on the front row of the grid for the first race of the weekend.

After finishing in third place in Q1, the young British driver progressed to Q2 where he held the fastest lap for most of the session until fellow Honda driver Dominik Fugel set the fastest lap to steal pole position by 36-thousandths of a second

Race one was held in drier conditions on Saturday, with high winds hitting the circuit all day. The Pyro Motorsport driver lost out at the start as he fell down the order, not having the chance to setup the Honda Civic FK7 for a dry race.

At the start, Fugel sprinted away from pole, whilst Mike Halder moved into second after starting from fourth and Harald Proczyk passed Burns for third. During the first lap Mitchell Cheah crashed at T10 after making contact with Michelle Halder; he limped back to the pits, but the race was red-flagged for allowing the barriers to be repaired.

Credit: Race Vision

With 20 minutes left on the clock, the safety car led the field back on track for one lap and when racing resumed, Fugel led from Halder, Proczyk, Burns and Buri. On lap 4, Proczyk overtook Halder for second, while Hesse advanced from eighth to fifth as he overtook Buri, Burns and Lance D. Arnold in a single move.

Burns held on to bring the Honda home in sixth place in the shortened race, having learned valuable information to improve the setup of the car for Sunday’s second race.

As Michelle Halder stole the headlines for taking her first overall race victory in the series in race two, Burns made his way forward after an improved setup to the Honda made his charge possible. The former Renault Clio driver surpassed his race one effort by going fifth fastest.

Burns reflects on Zandvoort

“We had really good pace to get on the front row in the wet in qualifying and I’m very happy with the win and P2 in the Junior Class. We were a bit unlucky in Race 1 though as, with almost no dry running, we didn’t have a full dry setup and I dropped a few places,explained Burns.

“We then made some adjustments for Race 2 and took a bit of a gamble which didn’t quite pay off so I had to hang on and do what I could to collect as many points as possible. I’m pleased to have bagged some good points from Zandvoort but now our attention turns straight to Nürburgring this weekend.”

Burns thoughts ahead of Nürburgring…

“There’s no time to rest as we head straight to Nürburgring from Zandvoort. Although I’ve never been there before, Nürburgring looks a fast and flowing track which should really suit the Honda. We have some work to do in testing on Thursday but hopefully, we can make some positive progress and find a good balance with the car.”

The Nürburgring weekend…

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

It’s safe to say that the following weekend at the Nürburgring can be classified as the Pyro Motorsports most challenging weekend in the series so far. After showing good pace in Free Practice, Bradley lined up seventeenth on the grid as the result of a difficult Qualifying session. Despite making a good start, the Honda driver was forced to retire at the final chicane before the end of lap one due to an engine fire.

With the teams working overnight to get a new engine in place, Burns was able to join the grid at the back for race two. The British driver made a good start and was making progress through the field as he battled with the likes of Burri and Michelle Halder. However, a deluge hit the track after lap six and despite being one of the first runners to come in for wet tyres, the race was declared at the six laps mark, leaving Burns to take home an eleventh place finish.

Burns reflects on The Nürburgring

“We gave it everything we had but things just didn’t come together for us this weekend. The pace was good in FP1 and FP2 but we had a wheel stud failure on my first flying lap in qualifying and had to start Race 1 from the back. I battled up to P9 before the engine let go and ended our race early but the guys at Pyro did an amazing job to get another power unit in the car for Race 2,” explained Burns.

“Although we started from last again, we made quick progress through the field and pitted for wets at just the right moment. The team pulled off a quick stop and got me back out again so, once everybody else had been pitted, we were up in P2 before the race was red-flagged. Unfortunately, the race result was taken two laps before so we were classified P11 which is frustrating but we look forward to Hockenheim next month where hopefully we can have a change in fortunes.”

Where can you watch the action?

The 2019 ADAC TCR Germany Touring Car Championship at Zandvoort. 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 the Nürburgring. 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: 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 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!

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!!!