Niels Langeveld holds off Antti Buri for race one win

Niels Langeveld holds off Antti Buri for race one win

Niels Langeveld
Photo: Gruppe C / ADAC

Racing One’s Niels Langeveld scored his first win of the season in the ADAC TCR Germany series at the Red Bull Ring, holding off LMS Racing’s Antti Buri and Max Kruse Racing’s Benjamin Leuchter for the victory.

Langeveld was in control of the race throughout, mastering both the standing start and the rolling restart which was required after a two-lap safety car intervention.

Buri never had much of a challenge to the leading Dutchman, having to settle for second to make it an Audi 1-2 at the head of the field.

Leuchter took third after getting past Harald Proczyk for the final podium position on lap eight when the HP Racing driver went too deep into the Turn 2 hairpin, opening the door for Leuchter and also Team Honda ADAC Sachsen’s Mike Halder.

That mistake gave Halder fourth and a position he would hold on to for the rest of the race, leaving the Opel of Proczyk to take the chequered flag in fifth.

Proczyks’ team-mate Luke Wankmüller was sixth, ahead of Liqui Moly Team Engstler’s Luca Engstler in seventh.

Prosport Performance’s Max Hesse, who had started from third on the grid, finished in eighth after a poor start dropped him down the order on the opening lap.

Team Engstler’s Florian Thoma and YACO Racing’s Simon Reicher completed the top ten.

The two-lap safety car intervention was needed when the Peugeot of Lukas Niedertscheider and the opel of newcomer David Davidovac came together on lap two, with Niedertscheider initially diving up the inside at Turn 8 before Davidovac then lost control of his car approaching Turn 9, collecting Niedertscheider’s car in the process.

Engstler Motorsport’s Justin Häußermann also retired from the race early on after stopping on lap two.

Victory for Langeveld draws him level with Proczyk at the head of the championship standings, with both drivers on 145 points ahead of third-placed Engstler on 130.

The second TCR Germany race at the Red Bull Ring takes place at 14:45 CEST (13:45 BST) on Sunday.

Race result

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 14 Niels LANGEVELD Racing One Audi RS3 LMS TCR 19 19 LAPS 1:37.792 1
2 30 Antti BURI LMS Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 19 2.862 1:37.980 2
3 10 Benjamin LEUCHTER Max Kruse Racing Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 19 3.958 1:37.952 6
4 7 Mike HALDER Team Honda ADAC Sachsen Honda Civic TCR 2018 19 6.748 1:38.072 4
5 22 Harald PROCZYK HP Racing International Opel Astra TCR 19 7.663 1:38.251 5
6 11 Luke WANKMÜLLER HP Racing International Opel Astra TCR 19 10.376 1:38.379 7
7 8 Luca ENGSTLER Liqui Moly Team Engstler Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 19 12.117 1:38.392 9
8 19 Max HESSE Prosport Performance Audi RS3 LMS TCR 19 12.688 1:38.273 3
9 39 Florian THOMA Team Engstler Europe Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 19 16.893 1:38.515 13
10 54 Simon REICHER YACO Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 19 17.307 1:38.575 11
11 3 Kai JORDAN Team Engstler Germany Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 19 19.009 1:38.660 14
12 36 Dino CALCUM BC Motorsport Opel Astra TCR 19 20.606 1:38.734 27
13 44 Sandro KAIBACH Prosport Performance Audi RS3 LMS TCR 19 22.08 1:38.860 10
14 6 Oliver HOLDENER Wolf-Power Racing CUPRA TCR 19 22.252 1:38.671 18
15 53 Michelle HALDER Profi-Car Team Halder CUPRA TCR 19 24.594 1:38.840 12
16 47 Niko KANKKUNEN Team Engstler Europe Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 19 25.513 1:38.929 20
17 88 Dominik FUGEL Team Honda ADAC Sachsen Honda Civic TCR 2018 19 26.083 1:38.872 17
18 27 Theo COICAUD Liqui Moly Team Engstler Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 19 35.472 1:39.246 19
19 55 Marcel FUGEL Profi-Car Team Halder Honda Civic TCR 2018 19 41.155 1:39.555 25
20 17 Jasmin PREISIG Steibel Motorsport Opel Astra TCR 19 41.785 1:39.699 22
21 4 Jan SEYFFERT Lubner Motorsport Opel Astra TCR 19 51.874 1:40.062 26
22 13 Tessitore Tessitore Racing Opel Astra TCR 19 53.53 1:39.952 29
23 33 JC REYNOLDS TOPCAR Sport CUPRA TCR 19 54.366 1:39.847 28
R 23 Sebastian STEIBEL Steibel Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 8 DNF 1:41.118 23
R 29 Jussi KUUSINIEMI Positione Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 5 DNF 1:40.293 21
R 9 Daniel DAVIDOVAC HP Racing International 2 Opel Astra TCR 3 DNF 2:10.945 24
R 42 Lukas NIEDERTSCHEIDER Niedertscheider Motorsport Peugeot 308 TCR 2 DNF N/A 8
R 60 Loris PRATTES TOPCAR Sport CUPRA TCR 1 DNF N/A 16
R 77 Justin HÄUßERMANN Team Engstler Germany Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 1 DNF N/A 15
NS 50 Milenko VUKOVIC Wolf-Power Racing 2 Renault Mégane TCR DNS N/A 30