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 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!!!