Luca Engstler takes first pole position of the season at the Sachsenring

Luca Engstler takes first pole position of the season at the Sachsenring

Luca Engstler
Photo: ADAC / Gruppe C

Fresh from claiming his first win of the year last time out, Hyundai Team Engstler’s Luca Engstler secured pole position in qualifying for the ADAC TCR Germany series at the Sachsenring ahead of the Honda of Mike Halder.

In only his second meeting at the wheel of a new Hyundai i30 N TCR car, Engstler took pole position by a mere 0.025 seconds from Halder, who is aiming to keep himself in title contention as the season nears its conclusion.

Harald Proczyk put his Opel Astra in third, also less than a tenth from pole, ahead of series returnee Pascal Eberle in fourth, who is entering his first race of the season in a CUPRA entered by Steibel Motorsport.

Team Engstler’s leading Volkswagen was that of young German Justin Häußermann in fifth, who scored his best qualifying result of the season with a first visit to Q2, ahead of the second Hyundai of Frenchman Theo Coicaud in sixth.

Prosport Performance’s Max Hesse was the leading Audi driver in seventh, ahead of the second Team Engstler Volkswagen of Niko Kankkunen in eighth.

Completing the top ten, and securing the reverse grid front row, were Profi-Car Team Halder’s Michelle Halder in ninth and Racing One’s points leader Niels Langeveld in tenth, the latter scoring his first reverse-grid pole of the year.

HP Racing’s Luke Wankmüller and TOPCAR Sport’s Loris Prattes just missed out on the top ten and were 11th and 12th respectively. For Wankmüller the result will be a frustration, as it is only the second time this year that the German has missed out on the top ten in qualifying.

Race one is scheduled to get underway at 11:45 BST (12:45 CEST).

Q2 results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 8 Luca ENGSTLER Hyundai Team Engstler Hyundai i30 N TCR 2 1:26.524 0.000
2 7 Mike HALDER Team Honda ADAC Sachsen Honda Civic TCR 2018 5 1:26.549 0.025
3 22 Harald PROCZYK HP Racing International Opel Astra TCR 3 1:26.611 0.087
4 28 Pascal EBERLE Steibel Motorsport 2 CUPRA TCR 5 1:27.075 0.551
5 77 Justin HÄUßERMANN Team Engstler Germany Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 3 1:27.118 0.594
6 27 Theo COICAUD Hyundai Team Engstler Hyundai i30 N TCR 3 1:27.206 0.682
7 19 Max HESSE Prosport Performance Audi RS3 LMS TCR 3 1:27.225 0.701
8 47 Niko KANKKUNEN Team Engstler Europe Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 2 1:27.349 0.825
9 53 Michelle HALDER Profi-Car Team Halder CUPRA TCR 6 1:27.450 0.926
10 14 Niels LANGEVELD Racing One Audi RS3 LMS TCR 2 1:27.498 0.974
11 11 Luke WANKMÜLLER HP Racing International Opel Astra TCR 3 1:27.542 1.018
12 60 Loris PRATTES TOPCAR Sport CUPRA TCR 6 1:28.489 1.965

Q1 results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 7 Mike HALDER Team Honda ADAC Sachsen Honda Civic TCR 2018 3 1:27.081 0.000
2 28 Pascal EBERLE Steibel Motorsport 2 CUPRA TCR 5 1:27.261 0.180
3 11 Luke WANKMÜLLER HP Racing International Opel Astra TCR 13 1:27.303 0.222
4 8 Luca ENGSTLER Hyundai Team Engstler Hyundai i30 N TCR 3 1:27.381 0.300
5 53 Michelle HALDER Profi-Car Team Halder CUPRA TCR 12 1:27.391 0.310
6 47 Niko KANKKUNEN Team Engstler Europe Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 10 1:27.418 0.337
7 27 Theo COICAUD Hyundai Team Engstler Hyundai i30 N TCR 6 1:27.445 0.364
8 19 Max HESSE Prosport Performance Audi RS3 LMS TCR 8 1:27.462 0.381
9 22 Harald PROCZYK HP Racing International Opel Astra TCR 9 1:27.467 0.386
10 77 Justin HÄUßERMANN Team Engstler Germany Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 10 1:27.501 0.420
11 14 Niels LANGEVELD Racing One Audi RS3 LMS TCR 8 1:27.538 0.457
12 60 Loris PRATTES TOPCAR Sport CUPRA TCR 9 1:27.545 0.464
13 30 Antti BURI LMS Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 11 1:27.624 0.543
14 88 Dominik FUGEL Team Honda ADAC Sachsen Honda Civic TCR 2018 4 1:27.696 0.615
15 10 Benjamin LEUCHTER Max Kruse Racing Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 4 1:27.705 0.624
16 5 Alex MORGAN Wolf-Power Racing Renault Mégane TCR 13 1:27.745 0.664
17 23 Sebastian STEIBEL Steibel Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 6 1:27.921 0.840
18 17 Jasmin PREISIG Steibel Motorsport Opel Astra TCR 12 1:27.999 0.918
19 32 Francesco RUGA Young Driver Challenge CUPRA TCR 11 1:28.077 0.996
20 55 Marcel FUGEL Profi-Car Team Halder Honda Civic TCR 2018 10 1:28.179 1.098
21 42 Lukas NIEDERTSCHEIDER Niedertscheider Motorsport Peugeot 308 TCR 13 1:28.187 1.106
22 54 Simon REICHER YACO Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 13 1:28.227 1.146
23 29 Jussi KUUSINIEMI Positione Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 9 1:28.231 1.150
24 3 Kai JORDAN Team Engstler Germany Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 5 1:28.726 1.645
25 39 Florian THOMA Team Engstler Europe Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 9 1:28.739 1.658
26 99 Maurits SANDBERG Racing One Audi RS3 LMS TCR 11 1:29.039 1.958
27 4 Jan SEYFFERT Lubner Motorsport Opel Astra TCR 11 1:29.379 2.298
28 33 JC REYNOLDS TOPCAR Sport CUPRA TCR 16 1:29.704 2.623
29 41 Steve KIRSCH Besagroup Racing Team Renault Mégane TCR 2 1:31.099 4.018