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Antti Buri maintains winning form with victory at the Red Bull Ring

LMS Racing’s Antti Buri continued his run of winning a race at every TCR Germany meeting this season with victory in race two at the Red Bull Ring, taking the chequered flag comfortably ahead of reigning champion Harald Proczyk.

The start saw reverse-grid front-row starter Michelle Halder immediately take the lead from the pole-sitter René Kircher, whilst the fast-starting Hyundai of Gabriele Tarquini jumped from sixth on the grid up to third, although Buri took the place back later around the opening lap.

The race was then neutralised after two laps due to Dominik Fugel’s stricken Honda at the exit of Turn 2, the Team Honda ADAC Sachsen driver having been hit by Jan Seyffert on the exit of Turn 2, who himself was hit by Bradley Burns’ Honda.

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The incident earned Burns a drive-through penalty for the contact, and the Pyro Motorsport driver called it a day when he took to the pits to serve his penalty later in the race.

Racing resumed on lap seven, and Michelle Halder made a poor restart, allowing Buri, who had moved into second on lap two, to easily take the lead at the first turn, followed by Mitchell Cheah’s Volkswagen.

For the next few laps Buri’s Audi was chased by Cheah, but the Malaysian was later handed a drive-through penalty for a jump start, dropping him to 11th, later tenth at the chequered flag.

That handed Buri a clear run to his third victory of the season, as Proczyk brought his Hyundai home in second to keep the pressure on in the title race to the leading Finn.

Kircher completed the podium, having passed Halder for the position on lap nine, whilst Halder held on to fourth in her Honda.

Max Hesse was the best of the Team Engstler drivers in fifth, withstanding pressure from HP Racing’s Lukas Niedertscheider, who had to settle for sixth.

The second Engstler Hyundai of Theo Coicaud was seventh, ahead of the second Honda of Mike Halder in eighth.

TOPCAR Sport’s Julien Apothéloz and VW Team Oettinger’s Cheah completed the top ten in their CUPRA and Volkswagens respectively.

Guest driver Tarquini again had another race of problems, as the Italian slowed on the second lap and had to make two unscheduled pitstops to rectify issues with his Hyundai. The WTCR champion eventually finished in 14th, one lap down.

Victory for Buri gives him 207 points at the top of the drivers’ standings, with Proczyk on 194 points and Mike Halder in third on 176 points, just one point ahead of Hesse.

TCR Germany takes a two month break before the next round at Zandvoort on the 10 – 11 August.

Race result

1 13 Antti BURI LMS Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 18 18 LAPS 1:38.690 4
2 1 Harald PROCZYK HP Racing International Hyundai i30 N TCR 18 6.732 1:39.027 8
3 8 René KIRCHER racing one Audi RS3 LMS TCR 18 9.462 1:39.029 1
4 53 Michelle HALDER Profi-Car Team Halder Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR 18 12.951 1:39.355 2
5 19 Max HESSE Hyundai Team Engstler Hyundai i30 N TCR 18 14.169 1:39.494 14
6 42 Lukas NIEDERTSCHEIDER HP Racing International Hyundai i30 N TCR 18 15.980 1:39.540 10
7 27 Theo COICAUD Hyundai Team Engstler Hyundai i30 N TCR 18 16.701 1:39.523 5
8 7 Mike HALDER Profi-Car Team Honda ADAC Sachsen Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR 18 18.162 1:39.809 13
9 22 Julien APOTHÉLOZ TOPCAR Sport CUPRA TCR 18 18.394 1:39.609 17
10 29 Mitchell CHEAH Min Jie VW Team Oettinger Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 18 20.303 1:38.729 7
11 98 Jan SEYFFERT Lubner Motorsport Opel Astra TCR 18 23.810 1:39.949 12
12 33 Joshua Corren REYNOLDS TOPCAR Sport CUPRA TCR 18 35.906 1:40.624 16
13 23 Sebastian STEIBEL Steibel Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 18 40.630 1:40.314 9
14 102 Gabriele TARQUINI Hyundai Team Engstler 2 Hyundai i30 N TCR 17 + 1 LAP 1:39.343 6
15 99 Maurits SANDBERG VW Team Oettinger Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 17 + 1 LAP 1:39.647 15
R 6 Bradley BURNS Team Pyro Motorsport Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR 8 DNF 1:42.177 11
R 88 Dominik FUGEL Profi-Car Team Honda ADAC Sachsen Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR 2 DNF N/A 3
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