Harald Proczyk wins Hockenheim opener, reclaims points lead

Harald Proczyk wins Hockenheim opener, reclaims points lead

Harald Proczyk
Photo: ADAC / Gruppe C

Harald Proczyk took victory in opening TCR Germany contest at Hockenheim – his third of the campaign – which moves the HP Racing International driver back into the championship lead with a single round remaining.

Luca Englster briefly took the lead in his Hyundai on the opening lap after getting the inside for the sharp right-hander at Turn 1, but a sweeping move in front of the Mercedes Arena six corners later handed the advantage back to Proczyk.

The Austrian Opel racer then went on to establish a lead of 2.387 seconds at the chequered flag, having had to twice defend his lead at safety car restarts.

Third for Luca Englster’s Hyundai i30 N TCR behind Mike Halder effectively sets up a two-horse title decider between Englster and Proczyk’s Opel Astra tomorrow [22nd September], with fourth for Niels Langeveld leaving him 22 points adrift of the summit.

Engstler only claimed the final podium position on the final lap, however, after a thrilling battle to take the position from Racing One’s Langeveld, who had been determined to keep the German behind him in his own title challenge. The duo had in turn been under threat from Max Kruse Racing’s Benjamin Leuchter, who took fifth.

Dutchman Langeveld remains in title contention, although he faces a mammoth task to overturn his increased points deficit in Sunday’s final race of the year.

Steibel Motorsport’s Pascal Eberle took sixth in his CUPRA, although the Swiss racer had been running in fifth before he was hit by LMS Racing’s Antti Buri at the Sachs-Kurve on lap 13, which broke the Finn’s right-front suspension and sent him out into the gravel, whilst Eberle dropped to eighth.

That incident prompted the last late-race safety car, which resulted in a two-lap sprint to the finish.

Hyundai Team Engstler’s Theo Coicaud fought through the field to take seventh, from 12th on the grid, ahead of Lukas Niedertscheider’s Peugeot in eighth.

Prosport Performance youngster Max Hesse brought his Audi home in ninth, having slipped down the order during the race, whilst Team Engstler’s Niko Kankkunen completed the top ten.

Florian Thoma had earlier been running just outside the top ten, but the Swiss racer was handed a drive-through penalty for repeated track limits exceedances, dropping him to 18th.

Jasmin Preisig retired her Opel after seven laps when it came to a halt on the exit of Turn 2, requiring a brief safety car period to remove her stricken car.

The second TCR Germany race of the weekend is scheduled to take place on Sunday at 14:50 CEST (13:50 BST).

Race result

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 22 Harald PROCZYK HP Racing International Opel Astra TCR 17 17 LAPS 1:48.405 1
2 7 Mike HALDER Team Honda ADAC Sachsen Honda Civic TCR 2018 17 2.387 1:48.818 3
3 8 Luca ENGSTLER Hyundai Team Engstler Hyundai i30 N TCR 17 5.505 1:48.905 2
4 14 Niels LANGEVELD Racing One Audi RS3 LMS TCR 17 6.101 1:48.940 6
5 10 Benjamin LEUCHTER Max Kruse Racing Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 17 6.666 1:49.618 10
6 28 Pascal EBERLE Steibel Motorsport 2 CUPRA TCR 17 6.974 1:49.030 5
7 27 Theo COICAUD Hyundai Team Engstler Hyundai i30 N TCR 17 7.242 1:49.218 12
8 42 Lukas NIEDERTSCHEIDER Niedertscheider Motorsport Peugeot 308 TCR 17 8.342 1:49.492 11
9 19 Max HESSE Prosport Performance Audi RS3 LMS TCR 17 8.890 1:49.445 4
10 47 Niko KANKKUNEN Team Engstler Europe Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 17 9.510 1:49.538 17
11 3 Kai JORDAN Team Engstler Germany Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 17 9.898 1:49.834 16
12 77 Justin HÄUßERMANN Team Engstler Germany Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 17 10.931 1:49.225 13
13 88 Dominik FUGEL Team Honda ADAC Sachsen Honda Civic TCR 2018 17 11.280 1:49.883 15
14 6 Oliver HOLDENER Wolf-Power Racing CUPRA TCR 17 11.527 1:49.671 8
15 53 Michelle HALDER Profi-Car Team Halder CUPRA TCR 17 11.767 1:50.235 20
16 29 Jussi KUUSINIEMI Positione Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 17 13.360 1:49.891 7
17 34 Julien APOTHÉLOZ Young Driver Challenge CUPRA TCR 17 13.546 1:50.901 22
18 39 Florian THOMA Team Engstler Europe Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 17 14.313 1:49.132 18
19 11 Luke WANKMÜLLER HP Racing International Opel Astra TCR 17 14.330 1:50.228 28
20 55 Marcel FUGEL Profi-Car Team Halder Honda Civic TCR 2018 17 14.765 1:50.316 23
21 99 Maurits SANDBERG Racing One Audi RS3 LMS TCR 17 15.040 1:51.404 27
22 9 Daniel DAVIDOVAC HP Racing International 2 Opel Astra TCR 17 15.725 1:51.993 25
23 33 JC REYNOLDS TOPCAR Sport CUPRA TCR 17 16.691 1:51.145 26
R 30 Antti BURI LMS Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 13 DNF 1:49.022 9
R 54 Simon REICHER YACO Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 8 DNF 1:49.443 14
R 17 Jasmin PREISIG Steibel Motorsport Opel Astra TCR 7 DNF 1:50.097 21
R 23 Sebastian STEIBEL Steibel Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 7 DNF 1:49.919 24
R 60 Loris PRATTES TOPCAR Sport CUPRA TCR 6 DNF 1:50.129 19