Harald Proczyk becomes first double winner of 2018 in Red Bull Ring...

Harald Proczyk becomes first double winner of 2018 in Red Bull Ring race two

Harald Proczyk
Photo: ADAC / Gruppe C

Harald Proczyk became the first double race winner of the year in the second ADAC TCR Germany series race at the Red Bull Ring, with the Opel driver benefitting when early leader Benjamin Leuchter had to cede his position.

At the start Liqui Moly Team Engstler’s Luca Engstler got the better getaway to move into the lead, as pole-sitter Sandro Kaibach dropped into second in his Prosport Performance Audi.

But Kaibach got back past Engstler at Turn 2, and as Leuchter sought to take advantage and follow through he made contact with Kaibach at Turn 3, allowing him into the lead.

That contact would later cost Leuchter more than one place, as after a four-lap safety car period he was instructed to give the place back to Kaibach. But before Leuchter could do so, Proczyk got into second and forced Leuchter to give two places away, handing Proczyk the lead.

The HP Racing driver remained in control of the race for the remaining ten laps and took his second win of the season, moving him into a clear championship lead on 185 points, 22 ahead of Niels Langeveld.

LMS Racing’s Antti Buri finished in second, having worked his way through the field from ninth on the grid, whilst Max Kruse Racing’s Leuchter completed the podium in third.

Engstler took fourth, ahead of team-mate Florian Thoma in fifth and the second HP Racing Opel of Luke Wankmüller in sixth.

Prosport Performance’s Max Hesse fought with Thoma for fifth in the latter stages of the race, but ultimately dropped back to seventh, ahead of Racing One’s Niels Langeveld in eighth.

Kaibach faded in the second half of the race and could only manage ninth, whilst the Peugeot of Lukas Niedertscheider completed the top ten.

The earlier safety car period was required when Sebastien Steibel lost control of his Volkswagen heading to Turn 2 on lap two, sliding sideways into the fellow Golf of Jussi Kuusiniemi and catching up JC Reynolds in the process, with all three drivers out of the race with damaged cars.

The fourth TCR Germany event of the year takes place at the Nürburgring in just under two months’ time on the 3 – 5 August.

Race result

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 22 Harald PROCZYK HP Racing International Opel Astra TCR 18 18 LAPS 1:38.294 6
2 30 Antti BURI LMS Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 18 3.255 1:38.096 9
3 10 Benjamin LEUCHTER Max Kruse Racing Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 18 3.912 1:38.276 5
4 8 Luca ENGSTLER Liqui Moly Team Engstler Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 18 8.837 1:38.711 2
5 39 Florian THOMA Team Engstler Europe Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 18 11.731 1:38.954 13
6 11 Luke WANKMÜLLER HP Racing International Opel Astra TCR 18 12.046 1:38.901 4
7 19 Max HESSE Prosport Performance Audi RS3 LMS TCR 18 12.383 1:38.697 8
8 14 Niels LANGEVELD Racing One Audi RS3 LMS TCR 18 13.786 1:38.557 10
9 44 Sandro KAIBACH Prosport Performance Audi RS3 LMS TCR 18 15.275 1:38.880 1
10 42 Lukas NIEDERTSCHEIDER Niedertscheider Motorsport Peugeot 308 TCR 18 15.641 1:38.462 3
11 54 Simon REICHER YACO Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 18 16.903 1:38.962 11
12 88 Dominik FUGEL Team Honda ADAC Sachsen Honda Civic TCR 2018 18 17.682 1:38.929 17
13 53 Michelle HALDER Profi-Car Team Halder CUPRA TCR 18 19.928 1:39.201 12
14 6 Oliver HOLDENER Wolf-Power Racing CUPRA TCR 18 20.644 1:38.952 18
15 60 Loris PRATTES TOPCAR Sport CUPRA TCR 18 22.528 1:39.505 16
16 77 Justin HÄUßERMANN Team Engstler Germany Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 18 22.561 1:39.289 15
17 17 Jasmin PREISIG Steibel Motorsport Opel Astra TCR 18 23.328 1:39.567 22
18 3 Kai JORDAN Team Engstler Germany Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 18 26.210 1:39.242 14
19 55 Marcel FUGEL Profi-Car Team Halder Honda Civic TCR 2018 18 26.464 1:39.395 25
20 47 Niko KANKKUNEN Team Engstler Europe Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 18 27.080 1:39.470 20
21 4 Jan SEYFFERT Lubner Motorsport Opel Astra TCR 18 31.666 1:39.708 26
22 9 Daniel DAVIDOVAC HP Racing International 2 Opel Astra TCR 18 34.501 1:39.427 24
23 13 Tessitore Tessitore Racing Opel Astra TCR 18 35.115 1:40.345 29
24 23 Sebastian STEIBEL Steibel Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 18 1:08.633 1:40.257 23
R 36 Dino CALCUM BC Motorsport Opel Astra TCR 8 DNF 1:45.513 27
R 27 Theo COICAUD Liqui Moly Team Engstler Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 7 DNF 2:22.477 19
R 7 Mike HALDER Team Honda ADAC Sachsen Honda Civic TCR 2018 6 DNF 1:39.145 7
R 29 Jussi KUUSINIEMI Positione Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 2 DNF N/A 21
R 33 JC REYNOLDS TOPCAR Sport CUPRA TCR 2 DNF N/A 28
NS 50 Milenko VUKOVIC Wolf-Power Racing 2 Renault Mégane TCR DNS N/A