Mike Halder claims victory in opening TCR Germany race

Mike Halder claims victory in opening TCR Germany race

Mike Halder
Photo: ADAC / Gruppe C

Honda’s Mike Halder was victorious in the first TCR Germany race of the season at Oschersleben, after getting past Hyundai pole-sitter Max Hesse on the fourth lap of the race.

At the start Hyundai Team Engstler driver Hesse led the field away comfortable, with Honda ADAC Sachsen duo Halder and Dominik Fugel in hot pursuit.

The second lap of the race then saw Malaysian racer Mitchell Cheah throw his Volkswagen Golf off the circuit at Turn 4, prompting an early one-lap safety car intervention.

When the race resumed Halder lined up a well-judged pass on Hesse for the lead, passing the youngster at the inside of the final corner.

The German runner-up in 2017 then held on to the lead for the rest of the race to take victory over Hesse by just under two seconds.

Hesse held on to second to score his first-ever podium in TCR Germany, with reigning champion Harald Proczyk – who had initially secured pole position before being penalised three grid spots – completing the podium.

LMS Racing’s Antti Buri was fourth, after the Finn battled hard with Hyundai Team Engstler driver Theo Coicaud in the early laps of the race, the Audi driver eventually getting past on lap six with a robust move.

Coicaud then lost out to Pyro Motorsport Honda driver Bradley Burns two laps later when Burns blasted around the outside at the final corner, leaving the Hyundai driver off-line at the next turn and unable to defend fifth position.

Frenchman Coicaud eventually finished in sixth, ahead of the second HP Racing Hyundai of Lukas Niedertscheider in seventh and the Opel of Jan Seyffert in eighth.

The second ADAC Sachsen Honda of Fugel had been running in third early on, but the German was handed a drive-through penalty for a jump start, demoting him to 12th. Michelle Halder also befell the same penalty and finished the race in last.

The second TCR Germany race takes place on Sunday at 11:35 CEST (10:35 BST).

Race result

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 7 Mike HALDER Profi-Car Team Honda ADAC Sachsen Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR 20 20 LAPS 1:32.570 2
2 19 Max HESSE Hyundai Team Engstler Hyundai i30 N TCR 20 1.925 1:33.065 1
3 1 Harald PROCZYK HP Racing International Hyundai i30 N TCR 20 8.070 1:33.375 4
4 13 Antti BURI LMS Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 20 9.703 1:33.469 8
5 6 Bradley BURNS Team Pyro Motorsport Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR 20 11.405 1:33.447 12
6 27 Theo COICAUD Hyundai Team Engstler Hyundai i30 N TCR 20 20.262 1:33.598 5
7 42 Lukas NIEDERTSCHEIDER HP Racing International Hyundai i30 N TCR 20 21.319 1:33.772 7
8 98 Jan SEYFFERT Lubner Motorsport Opel Astra TCR 20 30.174 1:34.401 15
9 41 Steve KIRSCH IMC Motorsport Opel Astra TCR 20 33.905 1:34.433 11
10 8 René KIRCHER racing one Audi RS3 LMS TCR 20 35.299 1:34.764 13
11 100 Guido NAUMANN Hyundai Team Engstler 2 Hyundai i30 N TCR 20 46.453 1:34.781 10
12 88 Dominik FUGEL Profi-Car Team Honda ADAC Sachsen Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR 20 49.842 1:33.242 3
13 23 Sebastian STEIBEL Steibel Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 20 55.807 1:35.176 17
14 22 Julien APOTHÉLOZ TOPCAR Sport CUPRA TCR 20 59.583 1:35.264 14
15 99 Maurits SANDBERG VW Team Oettinger Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 20 1:00.319 1:35.337 16
16 33 Joshua Corren REYNOLDS TOPCAR Sport CUPRA TCR 20 1:01.180 1:35.515 18
17 53 Michelle HALDER Profi-Car Team Halder Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR 20 1:07.681 1:34.379 9
R 29 Mitchell CHEAH Min Jie VW Team Oettinger Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 2 DNF No time 6