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Antti Buri snatches race two victory from Bradley Burns

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.

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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.

Race result

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
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