Mike Halder takes comfortable opening race win at Nürburgring

Mike Halder takes comfortable opening race win at Nürburgring

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Team Honda ADAC Sashsen’s Mike Halder converted his pole position into a comfortable victory in race one of TCR Germany at the Nüburgring.

Halder resisted early pressure from Lukas Niedertscheider in the opening laps, before the latter received a drive-through penalty for jumping the start.

That resulted in a 1-2 finish for Team Honda ADAC Sashsen as Halder’s team-mate Dominik Fugel took the chequered flag over five seconds behind.

Niels Langeveld completed the podium, closing the gap in the driver’s standings to championship leader Harald Procyzk who progressed from the back of the grid to 13th by the end of the race.

Max Heese challenged Langeveld in the closing stages of the race, before being forced to defend from Michelle Halder on the final lap as the pair came home fourth and fifth respectively.

In sixth position was the Volkswagen of Benjamin Leuchter, ahead of Theo Coicaud’s Hyundai.

Antti Buri enjoyed some hard battles throughout the race, and eventually finished eighth in front of Coicaud’s team-mate Luca Engstler, who currently sits third in the championship standings.

Rounding out the top ten was the Audi RS 3 LMS of Simon Reicher, who defended to hold onto the top-ten position.

Niedertscheider emerged from his drive-through in 25th position, but made up positions throughout the remainder of the race to finish 16th.

Race two of TCR Germany at the Nürburgring is set to get underway tomorrow at 14:45 CEST (13:45) BST.

Race result

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 7 Mike HALDER Team Honda ADAC Sachsen Honda Civic TCR 2018 20 32:10.731 1:35.251 1
2 88 Dominik FUGEL Team Honda ADAC Sachsen Honda Civic TCR 2018 20 5.694 1:35.860 6
3 14 Niels LANGEVELD Racing One Audi RS3 LMS TCR 20 9.721 1:35.799 4
4 19 Max HESSE Prosport Performance Audi RS3 LMS TCR 20 10.017 1:35.824 2
5 53 Michelle HALDER Profi-Car Team Halder CUPRA TCR 20 10.359 1:35.492 5
6 10 Benjamin LEUCHTER Max Kruse Racing Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 20 11.397 1:35.762 8
7 27 Theo COICAUD Hyundai Team Engstler Hyundai i30 N TCR 20 18.528 1:36.554 11
8 30 Antti BURI LMS Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 20 20.681 1:36.193 14
9 8 Luca ENGSTLER Hyundai Team Engstler Hyundai i30 N TCR 20 21.429 1:35.859 17
10 54 Simon REICHER YACO Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 20 22.058 1:35.721 12
11 17 Jasmin PREISIG Steibel Motorsport Opel Astra TCR 20 22.510 1:36.177 10
12 11 Luke WANKMÜLLER HP Racing International Opel Astra TCR 20 27.197 1:36.821 9
13 22 Harald PROCZYK HP Racing International Opel Astra TCR 20 27.863 1:36.754 29
14 77 Justin HÄUßERMANN Team Engstler Germany Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 20 32.491 1:36.585 16
15 6 Oliver HOLDENER Wolf-Power Racing CUPRA TCR 20 36.487 1:36.960 7
16 42 Lukas NIEDERTSCHEIDER Niedertscheider Motorsport Peugeot 308 TCR 20 37.712 1:35.722 3
17 29 Jussi KUUSINIEMI Positione Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 20 39.883 1:36.666 15
18 40 Olli KANGAS LMS Racing CUPRA TCR 20 40.295 1:36.737 13
19 3 Kai JORDAN Team Engstler Germany Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 20 45.264 1:37.184 20
20 47 Niko KANKKUNEN Team Engstler Europe Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 20 47.260 1:36.840 19
21 23 Sebastian STEIBEL Steibel Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 20 49.843 1:36.799 24
22 31 Leonardo TINLAND Young Driver Challenge CUPRA TCR 20 50.767 1:37.284 23
23 33 JC REYNOLDS TOPCAR Sport CUPRA TCR 20 54.383 1:37.338 22
24 36 Dino CALCUM BC Motorsport Opel Astra TCR 20 55.558 1:37.413 25
25 99 Maurits SANDBERG Racing One Audi RS3 LMS TCR 20 55.975 1:36.909 21
26 9 Daniel DAVIDOVAC HP Racing International 2 Opel Astra TCR 20 59.840 1:36.620 28
27 39 Florian THOMA Team Engstler Europe Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 15 + 5 LAPS 1:37.002 18
R 45 Peter TERTING Prosport Performance Audi RS3 LMS TCR 13 DNF 1:36.612 30
R 4 Jan SEYFFERT Lubner Motorsport Opel Astra TCR 9 DNF 1:37.284 27
NS 41 Steve KIRSCH Besagroup Racing Team Renault Mégane TCR DNS N/A 26
NS 15 Franjo KOVAC Besagroup Racing Team Renault Mégane TCR DNS N/A 31