Mike Halder wins Hockenheim finale, Harald Proczyk seals title

Mike Halder wins Hockenheim finale, Harald Proczyk seals title

Harald Proczyk
Photo: ADAC / Gruppe C

Harald Proczyk has been crowned the 2018 ADAC TCR Germany Champion after second behind Mike Halder’s Honda proved enough in a dramatic Hockenheim finale.

Niels Langeveld’s Audi made the best start, cutting through the front row and claiming the race lead on the outside into the sharp right-hand Ravenol Kurve.

The Dutch racer held the advantage for the vast majority of a contest truncated by three safety car periods before being forced out in front of the Mercedes Tribune with a minute to go dropped him back to third.

He was able to recover past newly-crowned Champion Proczyk through the stadium section, but left with only a single lap to put pressure on Halder, the margin at the chequered flag just 0.576 seconds.

Proczyk’s drive to third from the fifth row of the grid was arguably worthy of winning any title, as was main title rival Luca Engstler’s similar effort to move from 19th up to fourth despite some robust defending.

The Hyundai i30 N TCR took a beating on several occasions and did well to survive, though Engstler will be frustrated to miss out on a maiden TCR title by a mere 7 points.

Team-mate Theo Coicaud will also cut a disappointed figure in the paddock after being pitched backwards into the tyre wall at Ravenol Kurve, his race ended with a broken suspension and necessitating the first stoppage.

The second was more dramatic, with Pascal Eberle’s CUPRA pitched into a barrel roll at Turn 10 after colliding simultaneously with Anti Buri’s Audi ahead and the Volkswagen Golf of Jussi Kuusiniemi.

Maurits Sandberg and J.C Reynolds completed the trio of stoppages with another collision on the run down to Turn 12, leaving just five minutes on the clock at the restart.

That proved enough time for the aforementioned lead change, along with an eventual retirement for Buri and Leuchter, but beyond that the order remained stable to the end.

Luke Wankmuller claimed fifth ahead of Niko Kankkunen and pole-sitter Olivier Holdener’s CUPRA, with Max Hesse, Julien Apotheloz and Michelle Holder rounding out the top ten.

Race result

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 7 Mike HALDER Team Honda ADAC Sachsen Honda Civic TCR 2018 15 33:19.027 1:49.705 8
2 14 Niels LANGEVELD Racing One Audi RS3 LMS TCR 15 0.576 1:49.757 3
3 22 Harald PROCZYK HP Racing International Opel Astra TCR 15 1.289 1:50.016 9
4 8 Luca ENGSTLER Hyundai Team Engstler Hyundai i30 N TCR 15 2.618 1:50.100 19
5 11 Luke WANKMÜLLER HP Racing International Opel Astra TCR 15 3.406 1:50.597 4
6 47 Niko KANKKUNEN Team Engstler Europe Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 15 3.900 1:50.593 11
7 6 Oliver HOLDENER Wolf-Power Racing CUPRA TCR 15 10.123 1:51.365 1
8 19 Max HESSE Prosport Performance Audi RS3 LMS TCR 15 10.465 1:51.558 7
9 34 Julien APOTHÉLOZ Young Driver Challenge CUPRA TCR 15 11.149 1:51.717 21
10 53 Michelle HALDER Profi-Car Team Halder CUPRA TCR 15 11.450 1:51.118 20
11 60 Loris PRATTES TOPCAR Sport CUPRA TCR 15 11.507 1:51.463 18
12 55 Marcel FUGEL Profi-Car Team Halder Honda Civic TCR 2018 15 13.376 1:51.749 27
13 3 Kai JORDAN Team Engstler Germany Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 15 13.943 1:51.323 17
14 23 Sebastian STEIBEL Steibel Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 15 14.043 1:51.566 22
15 54 Simon REICHER YACO Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 15 14.100 1:52.159 14
16 77 Justin HÄUßERMANN Team Engstler Germany Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 13 + 2 LAPS 1:51.488 13
17 30 Antti BURI LMS Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 12 + 3 LAPS 1:50.254 16
18 88 Dominik FUGEL Team Honda ADAC Sachsen Honda Civic TCR 2018 12 + 3 LAPS 1:53.239 15
R 10 Benjamin LEUCHTER Max Kruse Racing Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 10 DNF 1:52.739 6
R 9 Daniel DAVIDOVAC HP Racing International 2 Opel Astra TCR 7 DNF 2:38.637 23
R 33 JC REYNOLDS TOPCAR Sport CUPRA TCR 6 DNF 2:37.628 24
R 99 Maurits SANDBERG Racing One Audi RS3 LMS TCR 6 DNF 2:38.453 25
R 39 Florian THOMA Team Engstler Europe Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 4 DNF 2:40.212 26
R 29 Jussi KUUSINIEMI Positione Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 3 DNF 2:43.059 2
R 28 Pascal EBERLE Steibel Motorsport 2 CUPRA TCR 3 DNF 2:41.756 5
R 42 Lukas NIEDERTSCHEIDER Niedertscheider Motorsport Peugeot 308 TCR 2 DNF N/A 10
R 27 Theo COICAUD Hyundai Team Engstler Hyundai i30 N TCR 1 DNF N/A 12
NS 17 Jasmin PREISIG Steibel Motorsport Opel Astra TCR DNS N/A 28