Harald Proczyk edges closer in title battle with wet Hockenheim pole

Harald Proczyk edges closer in title battle with wet Hockenheim pole

Harald Proczyk
Photo: ADAC / Gruppe C

Harald Proczyk secured his first TCR Germany pole of the season in a decisive qualifying session at the Hockenheimring, beating Hyundai title rival Luca Engstler to the top time to claw back a point in the championship fight.

In wet conditions, Proczyk put in his best qualifying effort of the year to secure pole position, having earlier only managed the fifth best time in a Q1 session which was red-flagged just minutes from the scheduled end.

Engstler took second and will thus line up alongside his rival on the front row of the grid, with the gap between the top two in the championship standing at just seven points after qualifying.

Team Honda ADAC Sachsen’s Mike Halder kept his now-distant title hopes alive by being third fastest, ahead of the leading Audi of Prosport Performance’s Max Hesse in fourth.

Max Kruse Racing’s Benjamin Leuchter was the best of the Volkswagen drivers in fifth, ahead of the best CUPRA of Pascal Eberle in sixth, making it six different models of car in the top six positions.

Proczyk’s team-mate Luke Wankmüller put his Opel in seventh, whilst Racing One’s title contender Niels Langeveld, currently third in the points and just 14 behind Engstler, could only manage eighth, although he will have the upper hand in the reverse-grid second race.

Completing the top ten were Positione Motorsport’s Jussi Kuusiniemi in ninth, after making just his second Q2 appearance of 2018, and Wolf-Power Racing’s Oliver Holdener in tenth, who took the reverse-grid pole.

Race one is scheduled to get underway at 12:10 CEST (11:10 BST) on Saturday.

Q2 results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 22 Harald PROCZYK HP Racing International Opel Astra TCR 5 2:03.473 0.000
2 8 Luca ENGSTLER Hyundai Team Engstler Hyundai i30 N TCR 4 2:04.104 0.631
3 7 Mike HALDER Team Honda ADAC Sachsen Honda Civic TCR 2018 5 2:04.125 0.652
4 19 Max HESSE Prosport Performance Audi RS3 LMS TCR 5 2:04.301 0.828
5 10 Benjamin LEUCHTER Max Kruse Racing Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 5 2:04.341 0.868
6 28 Pascal EBERLE Steibel Motorsport 2 CUPRA TCR 5 2:04.381 0.908
7 11 Luke WANKMÜLLER HP Racing International Opel Astra TCR 5 2:04.387 0.914
8 14 Niels LANGEVELD Racing One Audi RS3 LMS TCR 5 2:04.609 1.136
9 29 Jussi KUUSINIEMI Positione Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 5 2:04.943 1.470
10 6 Oliver HOLDENER Wolf-Power Racing CUPRA TCR 4 2:05.006 1.533
11 30 Antti BURI LMS Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 5 2:05.019 1.546
12 42 Lukas NIEDERTSCHEIDER Niedertscheider Motorsport Peugeot 308 TCR 5 2:05.553 2.080

Q1 results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 7 Mike HALDER Team Honda ADAC Sachsen Honda Civic TCR 2018 8 2:04.998 0.000
2 14 Niels LANGEVELD Racing One Audi RS3 LMS TCR 10 2:05.420 0.422
3 28 Pascal EBERLE Steibel Motorsport 2 CUPRA TCR 11 2:05.430 0.432
4 8 Luca ENGSTLER Hyundai Team Engstler Hyundai i30 N TCR 11 2:05.512 0.514
5 22 Harald PROCZYK HP Racing International Opel Astra TCR 8 2:05.814 0.816
6 30 Antti BURI LMS Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 8 2:06.005 1.007
7 10 Benjamin LEUCHTER Max Kruse Racing Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 11 2:06.012 1.014
8 19 Max HESSE Prosport Performance Audi RS3 LMS TCR 11 2:06.085 1.087
9 11 Luke WANKMÜLLER HP Racing International Opel Astra TCR 10 2:06.271 1.273
10 29 Jussi KUUSINIEMI Positione Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 10 2:06.344 1.346
11 6 Oliver HOLDENER Wolf-Power Racing CUPRA TCR 11 2:06.471 1.473
12 42 Lukas NIEDERTSCHEIDER Niedertscheider Motorsport Peugeot 308 TCR 10 2:06.478 1.480
13 47 Niko KANKKUNEN Team Engstler Europe Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 8 2:06.606 1.608
14 27 Theo COICAUD Hyundai Team Engstler Hyundai i30 N TCR 8 2:06.762 1.764
15 77 Justin HÄUßERMANN Team Engstler Germany Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 10 2:06.779 1.781
16 54 Simon REICHER YACO Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 11 2:06.783 1.785
17 88 Dominik FUGEL Team Honda ADAC Sachsen Honda Civic TCR 2018 9 2:06.830 1.832
18 3 Kai JORDAN Team Engstler Germany Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 10 2:06.867 1.869
19 39 Florian THOMA Team Engstler Europe Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 10 2:07.066 2.068
20 60 Loris PRATTES TOPCAR Sport CUPRA TCR 11 2:07.290 2.292
21 53 Michelle HALDER Profi-Car Team Halder CUPRA TCR 11 2:07.954 2.956
22 17 Jasmin PREISIG Steibel Motorsport Opel Astra TCR 10 2:08.372 3.374
23 34 Julien APOTHÉLOZ Young Driver Challenge CUPRA TCR 11 2:08.581 3.583
24 55 Marcel FUGEL Profi-Car Team Halder Honda Civic TCR 2018 10 2:09.025 4.027
25 23 Sebastian STEIBEL Steibel Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 10 2:10.108 5.110
26 9 Daniel DAVIDOVAC HP Racing International 2 Opel Astra TCR 11 2:10.466 5.468
27 33 JC REYNOLDS TOPCAR Sport CUPRA TCR 10 2:12.775 7.777
28 99 Maurits SANDBERG Racing One Audi RS3 LMS TCR 1 No time N/A