Sheldon van der Linde sets the pace after three days of testing

Sheldon van der Linde ended three days of TCR Germany testing at Oschersleben as the fastest driver, putting his Audi three tenths clear at the top of the combined timesheets.

A total of 31 different drivers took part in the three days of testing, out of an entry list of 44 cars for the opening round.

Notable absentees included reigning champion Josh Files, who did not take to the track in the Honda he raced last year.

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In the end it was South African van der Linde who set the pace, with the fastest time of 1 minute 34.048 seconds being set on Monday in the second test session.

“It was a really good test for us, of course it was a new car, and we still have a lot to learn,” said van der Linde. “It was good and important to drive so many laps.”

“Everything is going very well here, but we do not know where we stand, so we’ll have to see in the first qualifying and race at Oschersleben. I can hardly wait for it.”

Honda Sachsen’s Steve Kirsch was the closest to the Audi driver in second, over three tenths further back with a lap set on Tuesday.

The TCR Germany season opener takes place at Oschersleben on the 28th to 30th April.

Combined session results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 18 Sheldon van der Linde PROsport Performance Audi RS3 LMS TCR 79 1:34.048 0.000
2 41 Steve Kirsch Team Honda ADAC Sachsen Honda Civic TCR 117 1:34.407 0.359
3 44 Sandro Kaibach Steibel Motorsport Audi RS3 LMS TCR 70 1:34.751 0.703
4 39 Florian Thoma Liqui Moly Team Engstler Volkswagen Golf Gti TCR 119 1:34.768 0.720
5 28 Pascal Eberle Steibel Motorsport SEAT León TCR 103 1:34.769 0.721
6 54 Simon Reicher Certainty Racing Team Audi RS3 LMS TCR 104 1:34.785 0.737
7 14 Niels Langeveld Racing One Audi RS3 LMS TCR 79 1:34.832 0.784
8 8 Luca Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler Volkswagen Golf Gti TCR 126 1:34.855 0.807
9 24 Robin Brezina Aust Motorsport Audi RS3 LMS TCR 109 1:35.015 0.967
10 88 Moritz Oestreich Team Honda ADAC Sachsen Honda Civic Type R TCR 129 1:35.050 1.002
11 82 Thomas Kramwinkel GermanFLAVOURS Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 94 1:35.067 1.019
12 40 Dillon Koster Certainty Racing Team Audi RS3 LMS TCR 63 1:35.278 1.230
13 38 Jason Wolfe Liqui Moly Team Engstler Volkswagen Golf Gti TCR 93 1:35.405 1.357
14 22 Harald Proczyk HP Racing SEAT León TCR 108 1:35.616 1.568
15 19 Max Hofer PROsport Performance Audi RS3 LMS TCR 41 1:35.643 1.595
16 17 Jasmin Preisig Lubner Motorsport Opel Astra TCR 112 1:35.649 1.601
17 2 Alex Morgan Wolf-Power Racing SEAT León TCR 49 1:35.685 1.637
18 13 Kai Jordan Racing One Volkswagen Golf Gti TCR 72 1:35.712 1.664
19 42 Lukas Niedertscheider Niedertscheider MSP SEAT León TCR 90 1:35.855 1.807
20 36 Dino Calcum Lubner Motorsport Opel Astra TCR 125 1:35.881 1.833
21 64 Sven Markert GermanFLAVOURS Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 105 1:35.887 1.839
22 66 Ronny Jost TOPCAR Sport SEAT León TCR 62 1:35.961 1.913
23 10 Antti Buri LMS Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 26 1:36.032 1.984
24 23 Sebastian Steibel Steibel Motorsport Volkswagen Golf Gti TCR 105 1:36.034 1.986
25 9 Stefan Goede Liqui Moly Team Engstler Volkswagen Golf Gti TCR 152 1:36.348 2.300
26 35 Rudolf Rhyn TOPCAR Sport SEAT León TCR 20 1:36.444 2.396
27 7 Mike Halder TBC SEAT León TCR 59 1:36.545 2.497
28 4 Roland Poulsen Liqui Moly Team Engstler Volkswagen Golf Gti TCR 103 1:36.689 2.641
29 6 U rsinho Wolf-Power Racing SEAT León TCR 40 1:37.565 3.517
30 84 Maurits Sandberg Racing One Audi RS3 LMS TCR 126 1:37.682 3.634
31 20 Niko Kankkunen LMS Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 53 1:38.035 3.987
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