Mike Halder claims third pole of season at Nürburgring

Mike Halder claims third pole of season at Nürburgring

Mike Halder
Photo: ADAC / Gruppe C

Mike Halder claimed his third pole position of the ADAC TCR Germany season in qualifying at the Nürburgring, putting his Honda at the top of the timesheets ahead of the Audi of Max Hesse by over half a second.

Halder, who topped both free practice sessions, had earlier been slower than Hesse in Q1, but improved his time by almost a second to claim this third pole out of the four qualifying sessions in 2018 thus far.

Hesse had to settle for second in his Prosport Audi, whilst the Peugeot of Lukas Niedertscheider was third, having put in a strong performance.

Racing One’s Niels Langeveld was 0.863 seconds adrift of Halder’s pace in fourth, with the Dutchman also being Halder’s closest rival in the title battle.

Michelle Halder was fifth fastest in her CUPRA, being the only other driver to be within a second of her brother’s pace.

HP Racing’s Harald Proczyk had earlier been quickest in Q1 but could only manage sixth in Q2, four tenths slower than his earlier lap.

Halder’s team-mate Dominik Fugel was seventh fastest, ahead of Wolf-Power Racing’s Oliver Holdener in eighth.

Max Kruse Racing’s Benjamin Leuchter and HP Racing’s Luke Wankmüller completed the top ten, and will start race two from the reverse-grid front row, with Wankmüller’s Opel on pole.

Neither of Engstler Motorsport’s drivers made it into the top ten, with 12th placed Theo Coicaud the best placed on his first weekend since switching to Hyundai machinery. Luca Engstler missed the cut to get into Q2 and was just 18th, seven tenths off the Q1 pace.

Race one gets underway at 11:55 CEST (10:55 BST) on Saturday.

Q2 results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 7 Mike HALDER Team Honda ADAC Sachsen Honda Civic TCR 2018 5 1:34.263 0.000
2 19 Max HESSE Prosport Performance Audi RS3 LMS TCR 6 1:34.848 0.585
3 42 Lukas NIEDERTSCHEIDER Niedertscheider Motorsport Peugeot 308 TCR 6 1:35.092 0.829
4 14 Niels LANGEVELD Racing One Audi RS3 LMS TCR 6 1:35.126 0.863
5 53 Michelle HALDER Profi-Car Team Halder CUPRA TCR 6 1:35.173 0.910
6 22 Harald PROCZYK HP Racing International Opel Astra TCR 5 1:35.328 1.065
7 88 Dominik FUGEL Team Honda ADAC Sachsen Honda Civic TCR 2018 6 1:35.357 1.094
8 6 Oliver HOLDENER Wolf-Power Racing CUPRA TCR 6 1:35.624 1.361
9 10 Benjamin LEUCHTER Max Kruse Racing Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 6 1:35.661 1.398
10 11 Luke WANKMÜLLER HP Racing International Opel Astra TCR 6 1:35.734 1.471
11 17 Jasmin PREISIG Steibel Motorsport Opel Astra TCR 6 1:35.842 1.579
12 27 Theo COICAUD Hyundai Team Engstler Hyundai i30 N TCR 6 1:35.917 1.654

Q1 results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 22 Harald PROCZYK HP Racing International Opel Astra TCR 11 1:34.988 0.000
2 19 Max HESSE Prosport Performance Audi RS3 LMS TCR 10 1:35.014 0.026
3 7 Mike HALDER Team Honda ADAC Sachsen Honda Civic TCR 2018 4 1:35.130 0.142
4 42 Lukas NIEDERTSCHEIDER Niedertscheider Motorsport Peugeot 308 TCR 10 1:35.164 0.176
5 11 Luke WANKMÜLLER HP Racing International Opel Astra TCR 12 1:35.202 0.214
6 27 Theo COICAUD Hyundai Team Engstler Hyundai i30 N TCR 10 1:35.308 0.320
7 6 Oliver HOLDENER Wolf-Power Racing CUPRA TCR 13 1:35.354 0.366
8 53 Michelle HALDER Profi-Car Team Halder CUPRA TCR 6 1:35.393 0.405
9 10 Benjamin LEUCHTER Max Kruse Racing Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 11 1:35.394 0.406
10 14 Niels LANGEVELD Racing One Audi RS3 LMS TCR 8 1:35.419 0.431
11 17 Jasmin PREISIG Steibel Motorsport Opel Astra TCR 13 1:35.530 0.542
12 88 Dominik FUGEL Team Honda ADAC Sachsen Honda Civic TCR 2018 13 1:35.606 0.618
13 54 Simon REICHER YACO Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 4 1:35.654 0.666
14 40 Olli KANGAS LMS Racing CUPRA TCR 15 1:35.670 0.682
15 30 Antti BURI LMS Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 13 1:35.674 0.686
16 29 Jussi KUUSINIEMI Positione Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 12 1:35.688 0.700
17 77 Justin HÄUßERMANN Team Engstler Germany Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 12 1:35.740 0.752
18 8 Luca ENGSTLER Hyundai Team Engstler Hyundai i30 N TCR 7 1:35.758 0.770
19 39 Florian THOMA Team Engstler Europe Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 14 1:35.956 0.968
20 45 Peter TERTING Prosport Performance Audi RS3 LMS TCR 10 1:36.027 1.039
21 23 Sebastian STEIBEL Steibel Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 12 1:36.056 1.068
22 47 Niko KANKKUNEN Team Engstler Europe Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 10 1:36.233 1.245
23 3 Kai JORDAN Team Engstler Germany Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 12 1:36.474 1.486
24 99 Maurits SANDBERG Racing One Audi RS3 LMS TCR 13 1:36.577 1.589
25 4 Jan SEYFFERT Lubner Motorsport Opel Astra TCR 13 1:36.650 1.662
26 33 JC REYNOLDS TOPCAR Sport CUPRA TCR 14 1:36.834 1.846
27 31 Leonardo TINLAND Young Driver Challenge CUPRA TCR 14 1:36.852 1.864
28 9 Daniel DAVIDOVAC HP Racing International 2 Opel Astra TCR 14 1:36.928 1.940
29 36 Dino CALCUM BC Motorsport Opel Astra TCR 14 1:37.104 2.116
30 41 Steve KIRSCH Besagroup Racing Team Renault Mégane TCR 10 1:37.821 2.833
31 15 Franjo KOVAC Besagroup Racing Team Renault Mégane TCR 3 No time N/A