Petr Fulín took victory in the second TCR Germany race at Autodrom Most in Czechia, with second going to Michelle Halder after Luca Engstler celebrated too soon, thinking the race had already ended.
Both Fulín and Halder made strong starts, with the former taking the lead into Turn 1, after reverse grid pole-sitter Theo Coicaud made a slow start.
Further around the opening lap Engstler passed Halder for second, which would have meant full points in the championship, with Fulín not eligible for points as a guest entry.
However the young German celebrated second on the road one lap too soon, handing the position to Halder and leaving Engstler to finish in third.
Racing One’s Niels Langeveld took fourth, ahead of HP Racing’s Harald Proczyk in fifth, with the two changing positions twice in the last few laps, including with slight contact at the penultimate turn on lap 17.
Fifth place gives Proczyk the points lead, although such has been guest entry Fulín’s form early on in the season that had he registered for points the Czech racer would be leading the standings.
Prosport Performance’s Max Hesse was the leading Audi driver in sixth, ahead of Dominik Fugel in seventh, who was the best of the Honda racers.
Niko Kankkunen took eighth for Liqui Moly Team Engstler, ahead of team-mate Justin Häußermann in ninth and Team Honda ADAC Sachsen’s Mike Halder in tenth.
Mike Halder had earlier been given a drive-through penalty for contact with Theo Coicaud on the opening lap. Coicaud was later hit by Sandro Kaibach at Turn 1 on lap eight, ending his race and requiring a safety car intervention for two laps, for which Kaibach was also given a drive-through penalty.
Elsewhere Jasmin Preisig was handed a drive-through penalty when she took out Maurits Sandberg on lap 13.
More to follow…
|1||2||Petr FULÍN||Fullin Race Academy||CUPRA TCR||18||18 LAPS||1:42.785||4|
|2||53||Michelle HALDER||Profi-Car Team Halder||CUPRA TCR||18||1.133||1:43.088||3|
|3||8||Luca ENGSTLER||Liqui Moly Team Engstler||Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR||18||1.354||1:42.700||5|
|4||14||Niels LANGEVELD||Racing One||Audi RS3 LMS TCR||18||3.863||1:42.536||13|
|5||22||Harald PROCZYK||HP Racing International||Opel Astra TCR||18||4.047||1:42.742||6|
|6||19||Max HESSE||Prosport Performance||Audi RS3 LMS TCR||18||4.266||1:43.148||8|
|7||88||Dominik FUGEL||Team Honda ADAC Sachsen||Honda Civic TCR 2018||18||4.708||1:42.878||15|
|8||47||Niko KANKKUNEN||Team Engstler Europe||Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR||18||5.282||1:43.358||17|
|9||77||Justin HÄUßERMANN||Team Engstler Germany||Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR||18||6.782||1:43.631||22|
|10||7||Mike HALDER||Team Honda ADAC Sachsen||Honda Civic TCR 2018||18||7.936||1:42.923||10|
|11||6||Oliver HOLDENER||Wolf-Power Racing||CUPRA TCR||18||10.272||1:43.248||2|
|12||60||Loris PRATTES||TOPCAR Sport||CUPRA TCR||18||11.701||1:43.082||11|
|13||11||Luke WANKMÜLLER||HP Racing International||Opel Astra TCR||18||13.768||1:43.527||19|
|14||10||Benjamin LEUCHTER||Max Kruse Racing||Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR||18||17.07||1:44.644||20|
|15||29||Jussi KUUSINIEMI||Positione Motorsport||Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR||18||18.225||1:44.388||12|
|16||42||Lukas NIEDERTSCHEIDER||Niedertscheider Motorsport||Peugeot 308 TCR||18||18.62||1:44.127||16|
|17||39||Florian THOMA||Team Engstler Europe||Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR||18||21.614||1:44.696||18|
|18||54||Simon REICHER||YACO Racing||Audi RS3 LMS TCR||18||21.948||1:42.794||7|
|19||23||Sebastian STEIBEL||Steibel Motorsport||Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR||18||22.609||1:43.713||23|
|20||33||JC REYNOLDS||TOPCAR Sport||CUPRA TCR||18||30.492||1:45.211||26|
|21||44||Sandro KAIBACH||Prosport Performance||Audi RS3 LMS TCR||18||31.638||1:43.862||14|
|22||99||Maurits SANDBERG||Racing One||Audi RS3 LMS TCR||18||48.165||1:44.570||27|
|23||55||Marcel FUGEL||Profi-Car Team Halder||Honda Civic TCR 2018||18||52.788||1:44.933||25|
|24||17||Jasmin PREISIG||Steibel Motorsport||Opel Astra TCR||18||62.151||1:44.574||24|
|25||30||Antti BURI||LMS Racing||Audi RS3 LMS TCR||17||+ 1 LAP||1:43.105||9|
|R||27||Theo COICAUD||Liqui Moly Team Engstler||Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR||6||DNF||1:44.430||1|
|R||3||Kai JORDAN||Team Engstler Germany||Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR||3||DNF||1:45.861||21|