Reigning TCR Germany champion team HP Racing has confirmed that it will switch to racing Hyundai i30 N TCR cars in 2019, whilst also signing Lukas Niedertscheider alongside drivers’ champion Harald Proczyk.
Proczyk lifted the 2018 title whilst racing an Opel Astra TCR, securing three outright wins in his third year in the series.
Now the Australian will defend his title in South Korean machinery after purchasing twocars from Alzenau during the winter.
Proczyk will be joined by 24-year-old Niedertscheider, who replaces the outgoing Luke Wankmüller, who has switched to the ADAC GT4 series.
“This is just mega,” said Niedertscheider. “I will compete for another year in the ADAC TCR Germany. But this season is all different, racing with a new team with the reigning team champions Team HP Racing International, with a new team colleague in the reigning master Harald Proczyk and a new car with the Hyundai i30 N TCR.
“Thanks to everyone who made this possible! I’m so looking forward to the upcoming season.”
Niedertscheider first appeared in TCR Germany at the end of the 2016 season with HP Racing, finishing sixth overall in the second race at the Hockenheimring.
That result remains the Austrian’s best result, after a switch to Peugeot machinery in 2018 failed to yield more than a best finish of eighth.