Mike Halder wins red-flagged second TCR Germany race

Mike Halder wins red-flagged second TCR Germany race

Mike Halder
Photo: ADAC / Gruppe C

Mike Halder emerged victorious in the second ADAC TCR Germany race at Oschersleben, passing Petr Fulín for the win on the last lap in a race which featured a large first-lap crash and race stoppage.

At the start LMS Racing’s Antti Buri got a good getaway and jumped from third on the grid into the lead, but the Finn would later be adjudged to have jumped the start and was given a drive-through penalty.

Further around the opening lap, Simon Reicher spun his Audi across the circuit at Turn 7, leaving him in the middle of the tarmac. Whilst the first few cars through were able to avoid the German, he was subsequently collected by Harald Proczyk and Luca Engstler, whilst in the mêlée the cars of Jasmin Preisig, Sebastian Steibel, Loris Prattes, Dominik Fugel and Marcel Fugel were also involved.

That required a lengthy 15-minute red-flag period, which also meant the restarted race would be run to 15 minutes plus one racing lap.

At the restart Buri controlled the race until serving his penalty on lap seven, which then handed Fulín the lead in his CUPRA TCR.

Halder, who had jumped from tenth to sixth at the first start, was up to fourth on lap six when Luca Engstler made a slight mistake at Turn 7, and then the Honda driver passed Racing One’s Niels Langeveld for third at the final corner with slight contact – which was investigated but dismissed by the stewards.

With Buri’s penalty, Halder then chased down Fulín for the lead and on the final lap he put huge pressure on the Czech racer, who out-braked himself into Turn 3 and allowed Halder the switchback to take the lead, and then the win.

Fulín held on for second, ahead of Langeveld in third. Engstler took the chequered flag in fourth ahead of Liqui Moly Team Engstler team-mate Florian Thoma, who made up for his race one retirement with points in fifth.

Proczyk took sixth, despite having been caught in the first lap incident, ahead of Benjamin Leuchter in seventh, with the Max Kruse Racing driver having once again carved his way through the pack from the back of the grid.

Engstler Motorsport’s Theo Coicaud was eighth, ahead of the second HP Racing Opel of Luke Wankmüller in ninth, despite the German trailing his rear bumper for the second half of the race. The Peugeot 308 of Lukas Niedertscheider completed the top ten.

The results give Proczyk the early championship lead after the first event, with half points having been awarded in the race, giving the Austrian 56 points, ahead of Langeveld on 54 and Engstler on 48.

The next TCR Germany event of 2018 takes place at Autodrom Most on 27 – 29 April.

Race result

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 7 Mike HALDER Team Honda ADAC Sachsen Honda Civic TCR 2018 12 12 LAPS 1:33.479 10
2 2 Petr FULÍN Fullin Race Academy CUPRA TCR 12 0.476 1:33.477 1
3 14 Niels LANGEVELD Racing One Audi RS3 LMS TCR 12 0.839 1:33.354 4
4 8 Luca ENGSTLER Liqui Moly Team Engstler Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 12 1.143 1:33.254 2
5 39 Florian THOMA Team Engstler Europe Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 12 2.362 1:33.455 9
6 22 Harald PROCZYK HP Racing International Opel Astra TCR 12 5.573 1:33.616 8
7 10 Benjamin LEUCHTER Max Kruse Racing Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 12 6.309 1:32.894 28
8 27 Theo COICAUD Liqui Moly Team Engstler Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 12 13.662 1:34.029 18
9 11 Luke WANKMÜLLER HP Racing International Opel Astra TCR 12 14.778 1:33.397 6
10 42 Lukas NIEDERTSCHEIDER Niedertscheider Motorsport Peugeot 308 TCR 12 18.518 1:34.298 11
11 47 Niko KANKKUNEN Team Engstler Europe Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 12 18.765 1:34.013 13
12 19 Max HESSE Prosport Performance Audi RS3 LMS TCR 12 19.106 1:33.837 27
13 29 Jussi KUUSINIEMI Positione Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 12 19.288 1:34.420 22
14 6 Oliver HOLDENER Wolf-Power Racing CUPRA TCR 12 19.815 1:34.532 17
15 53 Michelle HALDER Profi-Car Team Halder CUPRA TCR 12 20.811 1:34.117 19
16 30 Antti BURI LMS Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 12 32.229 1:33.208 3
17 33 JC REYNOLDS TOPCAR Sport CUPRA TCR 12 39.411 1:35.706 26
18 44 Sandro KAIBACH Prosport Performance Audi RS3 LMS TCR 12 51.603 1:33.537 14
19 5 Alex MORGAN Wolf-Power Racing Renault Mégane TCR 11 + 1 LAP 1:35.628 21
R 77 Justin HÄUßERMANN Team Engstler Germany Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 9 DNF 1:34.522 16
R 99 Maurits SANDBERG Racing One Audi RS3 LMS TCR 1 DNF N/A 25
R 54 Simon REICHER YACO Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 1 DNF N/A 5
R 17 Jasmin PREISIG Steibel Motorsport Opel Astra TCR 1 DNF N/A 12
R 3 Kai JORDAN Team Engstler Germany Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 1 DNF N/A 15
R 23 Sebastian STEIBEL Steibel Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 1 DNF N/A 20
R 60 Loris PRATTES TOPCAR Sport CUPRA TCR 1 DNF N/A 23
R 55 Marcel FUGEL Profi-Car Team Halder Honda Civic TCR 2018 1 DNF N/A 24
R 88 Dominik FUGEL Team Honda ADAC Sachsen Honda Civic TCR 2018 0 DNF N/A 7
NS 41 Steve KIRSCH Besagroup Racing Team Renault Mégane TCR DNS N/A 29