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!