Harald Proczyk wins as Josh Files takes title in red-flagged race one

Harald Proczyk wins as Josh Files takes title in red-flagged race one

Harald Procyzk
Photo: ADAC / Gruppe C

Harald Proczyk took victory in the first ADAC TCR Germany race at the Hockenheimring, as Josh Files successfully defended his title with tenth in a race which was stopped early due to a huge shunt for Jasmin Preisig.

Proczyk, who had on Friday taken pole in his first outing since switching to Opel machinery, controlled much of the race, despite getting off to a less than ideal start which almost saw ProSport Performance’s Sheldon van der Linde get his Audi in front.

Whilst the Austrian controlled the race at the front early on, further back Mike Halder was on a charge, aware that in order to have any realistic chance of taking the title fight to the last race he had to move forwards.

Halder passed the Honda of Steve Kirsch for third at turn two on the opening lap, before getting past Van der Linde further around the opening lap to move into second.

However the German had no pace for the leading Austrian’s pace, and after getting into second was unable to reel in Proczyk’s lead.

By lap three Van der Linde had dropped to fourth, with Kirsch moving into the final podium position that he would hold until the end of the race. Van der Linde became embroiled in battle for fourth with Luca Engstler, which ultimately went the South African’s way, with Engstler forced to settle for fifth by the time the red flags flew.

The race came to an untimely end after just seven laps of racing when the Opel of Jasmin Preisig was turned into the barriers approaching Turn 7 by one of the Audis. Her car made heavy contact with the barriers, losing a wheel in the process, and after three laps behind the safety car the decision was made to end the race.

Preisig herself was unable to exit the car unassisted, with medical teams arriving to help her out of the car.

LMS Racing’s Antti Buri finished in seventh, despite having dropped down to14th by the end of the opening lap as a result of an off-track excursion together with Target Competition’s Josh Files. The Finn put in a strong recovery drive to break back into the top ten in the following eight laps of racing.

Kris Richard took eighth in his Target Competition Honda, with the Audi of Aust Motorsport’s Sandro Kaibach in ninth and Files in tenth, taking with him enough points into the final round to ensure that Halder is unable to overturn his 52-point advantage.

Of note, Italian Luigi Ferrara brought home his V-Action Racing Alfa Romeo in 17th in the first appearance of the Giulietta in TCR Germany.

Wolf-Power Racing’s Alex Morgan could have finished in the points but for a drive-through penalty handed out whilst the Brit was running in 21st position. He eventually finished in 29th.

Other retirements from the race included the Honda of Moritz Oestreich, who pulled into the pits after five laps having run in ninth early on, and Engstler Motorsport’s Jason Wolfe, who has hit by Tim Zimmermann on lap six, resulting in damage to his right-rear wheel.

The final race of the season takes place at 15:15 CEST (14:15 BST) on Sunday.

Race result

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 22 Harald PROCZYK HP Racing Opel Astra TCR 9 9 LAPS 1:49.243 1
2 7 Mike HALDER Wolf-Power Racing 2 SEAT León TCR 9 1.184 1:49.576 4
3 41 Steve KIRSCH Team Honda ADAC Sachsen Honda Civic Type R TCR 9 2.627 1:49.344 3
4 18 Sheldon VAN DER LINDE AC 1927 Mayen e.V. im ADAC Audi RS3 LMS TCR 9 3.547 1:49.909 2
5 8 Luca ENGSTLER Junior Team Engstler Volkswagen Golf Gti TCR 9 4.176 1:49.620 5
6 14 Niels LANGEVELD Racing One Audi RS3 LMS TCR 9 5.471 1:49.752 8
7 10 Antti BURI LMS Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 9 6.674 1:49.486 13
8 94 Kris RICHARD Target Competition UK-SUI Honda Civic Type R TCR 9 7.380 1:49.913 6
9 44 Sandro KAIBACH Aust Motorsport Audi RS3 LMS TCR 9 8.834 1:49.855 7
10 1 Josh FILES Target Competition UK-SUI Honda Civic Type R TCR 9 9.597 1:49.776 10
11 19 Max HOFER AC 1927 Mayen e.V. im ADAC Audi RS3 LMS TCR 9 10.388 1:49.973 11
12 28 Pascal EBERLE Steibel Motorsport SEAT León TCR 9 11.010 1:50.208 16
13 36 Dino CALCUM Schläppi Race-Tec Opel Astra TCR 9 11.901 1:50.097 14
14 39 Florian THOMA Junior Team Engstler Volkswagen Golf Gti TCR 9 12.471 1:50.279 17
15 20 Niko KANKKUNEN LMS Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 9 13.066 1:50.324 18
16 98 Tom LAUTENSCHLAGER Target Competition GER Audi RS3 LMS TCR 9 14.119 1:50.629 20
17 16 Luigi FERRARA V-Action Racing Team Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR 9 15.729 1:50.399 27
18 73 Fredy BARTH TOPCAR Sport SEAT León TCR 9 16.640 1:50.549 23
19 56 Jaap VAN LAGEN Certainty Racing Team Audi RS3 LMS TCR 9 17.385 1:50.486 12
20 35 Rudolf RHYN TOPCAR Sport SEAT León TCR 9 18.264 1:50.702 19
21 66 Ronny JOST TOPCAR Sport SEAT León TCR 9 18.920 1:51.317 25
22 42 Lukas NIEDERTSCHEIDER Niedertscheider MSP SEAT León TCR 9 19.776 1:51.085 26
23 11 Jürgen SCHMARL Target Competition AUT-POR Honda Civic Type R TCR 9 20.434 1:51.223 21
24 29 Max HESSE Aust Motorsport Audi RS3 LMS TCR 9 21.144 1:51.618 29
25 23 Sebastien STEIBEL Steibel Motorsport Volkswagen Golf Gti TCR 9 21.527 1:51.736 37
26 9 Stefan GOEDE Team Engstler USA Volkswagen Golf Gti TCR 9 22.483 1:51.601 34
27 54 Simon REICHER Certainty Racing Team Audi RS3 LMS TCR 9 24.141 1:52.422 33
28 84 Maurits SANDBERG Racing One 2 Audi RS3 LMS TCR 9 25.404 1:52.455 36
29 2 Alex MORGAN Wolf-Power Racing 2 SEAT León TCR 9 25.821 1:51.131 30
30 12 Simon LARSSON Target Competition SWE-POL Audi RS3 LMS TCR 9 28.661 1:51.462 32
31 99 Tim ZIMMERMANN Target Competition GER Audi RS3 LMS TCR 9 44.765 1:50.732 15
32 34 Orhan VOUILLOZ Young Driver Challenge SEAT León TCR 9 1:10.346 1:51.771 35
R 17 Jasmin PREISIG Lubner Motorsport Opel Astra TCR 7 DNF 1:50.998 22
R 38 Jason WOLFE Team Engstler USA Volkswagen Golf Gti TCR 6 DNF 1:51.306 24
R 88 Moritz OESTREICH Team Honda ADAC Sachsen Honda Civic Type R TCR 5 DNF 1:51.057 9
R 15 Cosimo BARBERINI V-Action Racing Team Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR 2 DNF N/A 31
R 78 Fabian DANZ Schläppi Race-Tec SEAT León Cup Racer 1 DNF N/A 28