Dominik Fugel claims first win of the season in shortened race two

Dominik Fugel claims first win of the season in shortened race two

Dominik Fugel
Photo: ADAC / Gruppe C

Team Honda ADAC Sachsen’s Dominik Fugel won his first race in ADAC TCR Germany since 2016 in the second race at the Nürburgring, which was stopped five minutes early due to a crash for David Davidovac.

Fugel jumped into the lead at the start from fourth on the grid, with reverse-grid pole-sitter Luke Wankmüller not getting a good start, along with fellow front row starter Benjamin Leuchter.

Leuchter kept Fugel honest in the early stages of the race, but the Max Kruse Racing driver made no real attempt to take the lead.

Saturday’s first race winner Mike Halder made the most progression and, having started in tenth, the Team Honda ADAC Sachsen driver was up to sixth by the end of the opening lap.

Halder fought with HP Racing’s Harald Proczyk and Wolf-Power Racing’s Oliver Holdener in the early stages, and on lap three, having both got past Holdener, Halder passed Proczyk for fourth.

Halder then picked off Wankmüller’s Opel, moving him into third, before closing the gap to the leading duo.

After 12 laps, however, Davidovac crashed his Opel at the exit of Turn 7 and the safety car was called upon to neutralise the race. With only five laps remaining though, the decision was taken to fly the red flags and declare a result.

That allowed Wankmüller to hold on to fourth and claim his best result of the season, ahead of team-mate Proczyk in fifth.

Hyundai Team Engstler’s Luca Engstler took sixth and gave the team’s new Hyundai i30 N TCR its best result to-date in TCR Germany, ahead of Prosport Performance’s Max Hesse in eighth.

Frenchman Theo Coicaud followed up his top ten in yesterday’s first race with eighth to ensure two Hyundais in the top ten, whilst Holdener and Michelle Halder completed the top ten, the latter having slipped back from sixth.

Erstwhile championship leader Niels Langeveld just missed out on the top ten, bringing his Racing One Audi home in 11th.

Another points finish means Austrian Proczyk moves the head of the drivers’ championship standings with 219 points, ahead of Langeveld in second on 209 and Engstler in third on 198.

The next TCR Germany event takes place at Zandvoort on the 17 – 19 August.

Race result

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 88 Dominik FUGEL Team Honda ADAC Sachsen Honda Civic TCR 2018 12 12 LAPS 1:35.837 4
2 10 Benjamin LEUCHTER Max Kruse Racing Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 12 2.490 1:35.981 2
3 7 Mike HALDER Team Honda ADAC Sachsen Honda Civic TCR 2018 12 3.578 1:34.914 10
4 11 Luke WANKMÜLLER HP Racing International Opel Astra TCR 12 6.624 1:36.242 1
5 22 Harald PROCZYK HP Racing International Opel Astra TCR 12 9.956 1:36.264 5
6 8 Luca ENGSTLER Hyundai Team Engstler Hyundai i30 N TCR 12 13.482 1:36.338 18
7 19 Max HESSE Prosport Performance Audi RS3 LMS TCR 12 15.268 1:36.279 9
8 27 Theo COICAUD Hyundai Team Engstler Hyundai i30 N TCR 12 16.989 1:36.634 12
9 6 Oliver HOLDENER Wolf-Power Racing CUPRA TCR 12 18.151 1:36.680 3
10 53 Michelle HALDER Profi-Car Team Halder CUPRA TCR 12 19.144 1:36.869 6
11 14 Niels LANGEVELD Racing One Audi RS3 LMS TCR 12 21.419 1:36.846 7
12 30 Antti BURI LMS Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 12 22.031 1:36.386 15
13 45 Peter TERTING Prosport Performance Audi RS3 LMS TCR 12 22.730 1:36.885 20
14 39 Florian THOMA Team Engstler Europe Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 12 23.188 1:36.973 19
15 42 Lukas NIEDERTSCHEIDER Niedertscheider Motorsport Peugeot 308 TCR 12 25.459 1:36.862 8
16 77 Justin HÄUßERMANN Team Engstler Germany Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 12 26.447 1:36.880 17
17 40 Olli KANGAS LMS Racing CUPRA TCR 12 27.100 1:36.774 14
18 17 Jasmin PREISIG Steibel Motorsport Opel Astra TCR 12 27.715 1:36.565 11
19 54 Simon REICHER YACO Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 12 28.624 1:36.686 13
20 29 Jussi KUUSINIEMI Positione Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 12 29.296 1:37.242 16
21 3 Kai JORDAN Team Engstler Germany Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 12 32.423 1:37.842 23
22 4 Jan SEYFFERT Lubner Motorsport Opel Astra TCR 12 34.479 1:37.595 25
23 47 Niko KANKKUNEN Team Engstler Europe Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 12 35.072 1:37.917 22
24 23 Sebastian STEIBEL Steibel Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 12 35.568 1:38.033 21
25 33 JC REYNOLDS TOPCAR Sport CUPRA TCR 12 36.165 1:37.872 26
26 31 Leonardo TINLAND Young Driver Challenge CUPRA TCR 12 36.868 1:38.111 27
27 99 Maurits SANDBERG Racing One Audi RS3 LMS TCR 12 37.446 1:37.453 24
R 9 Daniel DAVIDOVAC HP Racing International 2 Opel Astra TCR 11 DNF 1:37.764 28
R 36 Dino CALCUM Vukovic Motorsport Renault Mégane TCR 6 DNF 1:38.537 29
NS 41 Steve KIRSCH Besagroup Racing Team Renault Mégane TCR DNS N/A
NS 15 Franjo KOVAC Besagroup Racing Team Renault Mégane TCR DNS N/A