Mike Halder secures first TCR Germany pole of 2018

Mike Halder secures first TCR Germany pole of 2018

Mike Halder
Photo: ADAC / Gruppe C

Mike Halder secured the first TCR Germany pole position of the 2018 season at Oschersleben, putting his new Honda Civic Type-R on top of the times ahead of Team Engstler’s Florian Thoma.

With qualifying taking place on a drying track, Halder was able to haul his new Honda to the top of the times, despite being just 11th fastest in Q1.

The 22-year-old is tipped to be one of the drivers to watch this year, after finishing as runner-up in the 2017 season. He ended up over half a second clear of second-placed Thoma, who was the best of the nine Volkswagen drivers.

Benjamin Leuchter ensured a positive début for Max Kruse’s new racing team in third, and the German was the only other driver to be within a second of Halder’s pace.

Harald Proczyk put his Opel Astra in fourth, ahead of Halder’s Honda Sachsen team-mate Dominik Fugel in fifth.

TCR Germany rookie Luke Wankmüller was sixth, ahead of the leading Audi of Simon Reicher in seventh. The Austrian headed up a trio of RS3 drivers, with Racing One’s Niels Langeveld in eighth and LMS Racing’s Antti Buri in ninth.

Reigning TCR Middle East champion Luca Engstler completed the top ten, giving him the reverse-grid pole for race two, whilst 11th placed Petr Fulín and 12th placed Lukas Niedertscheider missed out on the reverse grid and will start both races outside the top ten.

Steibel Motorsport’s Jasmin Preisig showed strong pace in her Opel, but she just missed out on entry into Q2 and will start from 13th.

It proved to be a difficult qualifying session for the new Renault Mégane TCR cars – Wolf-Power Racing’s Alex Morgan was the best in 23rd, whilst neither of the Besagroup cars of Steve Kirsch or Franjo Kovac posted a time and will start last for both races.

The first TCR Germany race of the weekend takes place at 11:55 CEST (10:55 BST) on Saturday.

Q2 results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 7 Mike HALDER Team Honda ADAC Sachsen Honda Civic TCR 2018 5 1:40.468 0.000
2 39 Florian THOMA Team Engstler Europe Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 6 1:41.037 0.569
3 10 Benjamin LEUCHTER Max Kruse Racing Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 5 1:41.447 0.979
4 22 Harald PROCZYK HP Racing International Opel Astra TCR 5 1:42.183 1.715
5 88 Dominik FUGEL Team Honda ADAC Sachsen Honda Civic TCR 2018 3 1:42.502 2.034
6 11 Luke WANKMÜLLER HP Racing International Opel Astra TCR 6 1:42.984 2.516
7 54 Simon REICHER YACO Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 5 1:43.494 3.026
8 14 Niels LANGEVELD Racing One Audi RS3 LMS TCR 5 1:43.931 3.463
9 30 Antti BURI LMS Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 4 1:44.176 3.708
10 8 Luca ENGSTLER Liqui Moly Team Engstler Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 5 1:44.196 3.728
11 2 Petr FULÍN Fullin Race Academy CUPRA TCR 6 1:44.317 3.849
12 42 Lukas NIEDERTSCHEIDER Niedertscheider Motorsport Peugeot 308 TCR 2 No time N/A

Q1 results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 2 Petr FULÍN Fullin Race Academy CUPRA TCR 11 1:44.781 0.000
2 30 Antti BURI LMS Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 13 1:45.252 0.471
3 10 Benjamin LEUCHTER Max Kruse Racing Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 14 1:45.721 0.940
4 14 Niels LANGEVELD Racing One Audi RS3 LMS TCR 10 1:45.966 1.185
5 54 Simon REICHER YACO Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 14 1:46.050 1.269
6 39 Florian THOMA Team Engstler Europe Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 13 1:46.086 1.305
7 88 Dominik FUGEL Team Honda ADAC Sachsen Honda Civic TCR 2018 12 1:46.147 1.366
8 11 Luke WANKMÜLLER HP Racing International Opel Astra TCR 13 1:46.258 1.477
9 22 Harald PROCZYK HP Racing International Opel Astra TCR 13 1:46.285 1.504
10 42 Lukas NIEDERTSCHEIDER Niedertscheider Motorsport Peugeot 308 TCR 14 1:46.333 1.552
11 7 Mike HALDER Team Honda ADAC Sachsen Honda Civic TCR 2018 12 1:46.524 1.743
12 8 Luca ENGSTLER Liqui Moly Team Engstler Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 7 1:46.544 1.763
13 17 Jasmin PREISIG Steibel Motorsport Opel Astra TCR 14 1:46.669 1.888
14 47 Niko KANKKUNEN Team Engstler Europe Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 14 1:46.689 1.908
15 44 Sandro KAIBACH Prosport Performance Audi RS3 LMS TCR 12 1:46.715 1.934
16 3 Kai JORDAN Team Engstler Germany Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 14 1:46.745 1.964
17 77 Justin HÄUßERMANN Team Engstler Germany Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 14 1:46.766 1.985
18 6 Oliver HOLDENER Wolf-Power Racing CUPRA TCR 12 1:47.055 2.274
19 27 Theo COICAUD Liqui Moly Team Engstler Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 13 1:47.196 2.415
20 53 Michelle HALDER Profi-Car Team Halder CUPRA TCR 14 1:47.651 2.870
21 23 Sebastian STEIBEL Steibel Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 14 1:47.705 2.924
22 19 Max HESSE Prosport Performance Audi RS3 LMS TCR 13 1:47.728 2.947
23 5 Alex MORGAN Wolf-Power Racing Renault Mégane TCR 13 1:47.807 3.026
24 29 Jussi KUUSINIEMI Positione Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 12 1:48.435 3.654
25 60 Loris PRATTES TOPCAR Sport CUPRA TCR 14 1:48.509 3.728
26 55 Marcel FUGEL Profi-Car Team Halder Honda Civic TCR 2018 9 1:48.614 3.833
27 99 Maurits SANDBERG Racing One Audi RS3 LMS TCR 11 1:48.972 4.191
28 33 JC REYNOLDS TOPCAR Sport CUPRA TCR 13 1:49.123 4.342
29 41 Steve KIRSCH Besagroup Racing Team Renault Mégane TCR 0 No time N/A