LMS Racing’s Antti Buri snatched victory from Pyro Motorsport’s Bradley Burns in the second TCR Germany race in Most, with the Audi driver passing for the win on the final lap of the race.
Burns had started the reverse-grid race from pole position and duly led into turn one at the start, getting his Honda off the line well whilst the pack behind him fought for position.
The Brit initially led from fellow Honda racer Dominik Fugel, but Buri managed to pass the German for position on lap 12 after the Finn had applied lap after lap of pressure to Fugel.
Buri then closed down a gap to Burns of just over a second, with the erstwhile leader clearly struggling with his tyre wear as he held a huge slide on the penultimate lap of the race.
The lead then changed hands for good exiting the first chicane on the final lap, as Buri got a better run approaching Turn 3 and took the lead, despite contact between the duo, to give him his second win of the season.
Burns had to settle for second, unable to fight back in the second half of the lap, securing his first podium in TCR Germany, whilst Fugel held on to third to complete the podium.
Race one winner and championship leader Mike Halder fought from eighth on the grid to finish in fourth and extend his points lead, passing Lukas Niedertscheider’s Hyundai for fifth on lap ten and Max Hesse for fourth two laps later, but being unable to close the gap to the podium finishers in the second half of the race.
Hyundai Team Engstler’s Hesse was fifth, the top Hyundai driver, ahead of Niedertscheider in sixth.
The second Engstler-run Hyundai of Theo Coicaud was seventh, the Frenchman slipping back from fourth on the grid in the race.
Reigning champion Harald Proczyk was eighth, whilst the top ten was completed by the CUPRA of Julien Apothéloz and the Opel of Steve Kirsch.
Jan Seyffert retired from the race after just three laps due to technical issues with his Opel, whilst Team Oettinger’s Mitchell Cheah retired to the pits a lap later after the Malaysian had several off-track excursions early in the race.
René Kircher was given a drive-through penalty for contact with Cheah, but the Audi driver retired after 13 laps whilst running outside the top ten.
Mike Halder now holds a 15-point championship leader over Hesse, with the next round taking place at the Red Bull Ring on June 7-9.
|1||13||Antti BURI||LMS Racing||Audi RS3 LMS TCR||19||19 LAPS||1:41.829||2|
|2||6||Bradley BURNS||Team Pyro Motorsport||Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR||19||0.718||1:41.770||1|
|3||88||Dominik FUGEL||Profi-Car Team Honda ADAC Sachsen||Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR||19||2.864||1:41.968||5|
|4||7||Mike HALDER||Profi-Car Team Honda ADAC Sachsen||Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR||19||3.240||1:41.823||8|
|5||19||Max HESSE||Hyundai Team Engstler||Hyundai i30 N TCR||19||9.902||1:42.300||7|
|6||42||Lukas NIEDERTSCHEIDER||HP Racing International||Hyundai i30 N TCR||19||10.411||1:42.202||3|
|7||27||Theo COICAUD||Hyundai Team Engstler||Hyundai i30 N TCR||19||18.308||1:42.377||4|
|8||1||Harald PROCZYK||HP Racing International||Hyundai i30 N TCR||19||24.233||1:42.330||9|
|9||22||Julien APOTHÉLOZ||TOPCAR Sport||CUPRA TCR||19||25.217||1:42.539||6|
|10||41||Steve KIRSCH||IMC Motorsport||Opel Astra TCR||19||25.687||1:42.583||10|
|11||53||Michelle HALDER||Profi-Car Team Halder||Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR||19||30.708||1:43.067||11|
|12||55||Marcel FUGEL||Profi-Car Team Halder||Honda Civic Type R FK2 TCR||19||32.753||1:43.053||13|
|13||101||Jessica BÄCKMAN||Hyundai Team Engstler 2||Hyundai i30 N TCR||19||35.728||1:43.064||18|
|14||99||Maurits SANDBERG||VW Team Oettinger||Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR||19||39.837||1:43.160||15|
|R||8||René KIRCHER||racing one||Audi RS3 LMS TCR||13||DNF||1:43.311||16|
|R||34||Patrick SING||RaceSing||Hyundai i30 N TCR||11||DNF||1:44.318||17|
|R||29||Mitchell CHEAH Min Jie||VW Team Oettinger||Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR||4||DNF||1:43.600||12|
|R||98||Jan SEYFFERT||Lubner Motorsport||Opel Astra TCR||3||DNF||1:43.198||14|
|NS||33||Joshua Corren REYNOLDS||TOPCAR Sport||CUPRA TCR||–||DNS||N/A||19|