Petr Fulín wins race two in Most as Luca Engstler celebrates too...

Petr Fulín wins race two in Most as Luca Engstler celebrates too soon

Petr Fulín
Photo: ADAC / Gruppe C

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.

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Race result

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
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