Antti Buri claims win in opening Most race

LMS Racing’s Antti Buri took victory in the opening TCR Germany race of the weekend at Autodrom Most in Czechia, having got past pole-sitter Mike Halder after the first chicane on the opening lap.

At the start, Buri tried to pass Halder’s Honda heading into the first chicane but couldn’t find a way through, until the Finn got a better exit and drew his Audi alongside on the run to Turn 3.

That allowed the LMS Racing driver to execute the pass for the lead, which he wouldn’t lose for the rest of the race, despite having to contend with two safety car periods due to incidents on track.

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The first incident came at the very start, when Marcel Fugel, Sebastian Steibel and Dominik Fugel made contact on the start straight, pitching Steibel off the circuit with broken rear suspension and Marcel Fugel off in the melee.

Dominik Fugel was also caught up, and later around the lap lost the front-right tyre on his Honda, necessitating a change in the pits.

Steibel, unaware of both broken suspension links on his Volkswagen, continued to the first turn before spinning off into the gravel.

When the safety car period ended at the end of lap four, the race would not run for more than three laps due to Liqui Moly Team Engstler’s Theo Coicaud stopping on the kerbs on the exit of Turn 5.

A lengthy safety car intervention was then required to retrieve the car, which was apparently stuck in gear and unable to be dragged off circuit.

Buri got off to another strong start at the end of the second safety car period and claimed his first win of the season ahead of Halder.

HP Racing’s Harald Proczyk completed the podium in third, unable to take the battle to the leading duo in his Opel.

Simon Reicher was fourth, having lost out to Proczyk at the start, ahead of local racer Petr Fulín in fifth and Luca Engstler in sixth.

The second race of the weekend takes place at 11:45 CEST (10:45 BST) on Sunday.

Race result

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 30 Antti BURI LMS Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 16 16 LAPS 1:41.977 2
2 7 Mike HALDER Team Honda ADAC Sachsen Honda Civic TCR 2018 16 0.397 1:42.149 1
3 22 Harald PROCZYK HP Racing International Opel Astra TCR 16 5.315 1:42.746 5
4 54 Simon REICHER YACO Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 16 7.107 1:42.492 4
5 2 Petr FULÍN Fullin Race Academy CUPRA TCR 16 9.002 1:42.576 7
6 8 Luca ENGSTLER Liqui Moly Team Engstler Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 16 9.395 1:42.814 6
7 19 Max HESSE Prosport Performance Audi RS3 LMS TCR 16 10.03 1:42.911 3
8 6 Oliver HOLDENER Wolf-Power Racing CUPRA TCR 16 10.459 1:42.875 9
9 60 Loris PRATTES TOPCAR Sport CUPRA TCR 16 12.338 1:43.144 11
10 47 Niko KANKKUNEN Team Engstler Europe Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 16 16.252 1:43.437 15
11 14 Niels LANGEVELD Racing One Audi RS3 LMS TCR 16 16.384 1:42.794 27
12 77 Justin HÄUßERMANN Team Engstler Germany Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 16 17.148 1:43.247 20
13 29 Jussi KUUSINIEMI Positione Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 16 17.168 1:43.466 12
14 44 Sandro KAIBACH Prosport Performance Audi RS3 LMS TCR 16 17.348 1:43.422 16
15 10 Benjamin LEUCHTER Max Kruse Racing Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 16 20.049 1:43.943 22
16 39 Florian THOMA Team Engstler Europe Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 16 20.97 1:44.295 17
17 11 Luke WANKMÜLLER HP Racing International Opel Astra TCR 16 21.224 1:43.272 18
18 53 Michelle HALDER Profi-Car Team Halder CUPRA TCR 16 22.012 1:43.559 8
19 55 Marcel FUGEL Profi-Car Team Halder Honda Civic TCR 2018 16 23.493 1:44.050 23
20 3 Kai JORDAN Team Engstler Germany Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 16 25.299 1:44.538 19
21 42 Lukas NIEDERTSCHEIDER Niedertscheider Motorsport Peugeot 308 TCR 16 25.489 1:44.655 14
22 17 Jasmin PREISIG Steibel Motorsport Opel Astra TCR 16 25.617 1:44.059 26
23 33 JC REYNOLDS TOPCAR Sport CUPRA TCR 16 28.939 1:44.563 24
24 99 Maurits SANDBERG Racing One Audi RS3 LMS TCR 16 30.05 1:44.985 25
R 88 Dominik FUGEL Team Honda ADAC Sachsen Honda Civic TCR 2018 6 DNF 1:46.111 13
R 27 Theo COICAUD Liqui Moly Team Engstler Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 6 DNF 1:44.121 10
R 23 Sebastian STEIBEL Steibel Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 0 DNF N/A 21
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