Harald Proczyk claims victory in Hockenheimring race one

Harald Proczyk claims victory in Hockenheimring race one

Harald Proczyk
Photo: ADAC / Gruppe C

Reigning TCR Germany champion Harald Proczyk moved himself closer to the top of the table with an authoritative victory in race one at the Hockenheimring, with the podium completed by fellow Hyundai racers Max Hesse and Theo Coicaud.

Proczyk led the race from lights-to-flag, never really being challenged beyond the start of the race. When the lights went out he had to hold his line from Andreas Bäckman and Mike Halder, who slotted into second, but the Austrian was then able to open up a comfortable gap.

Although Halder was into second early on, the Team Honda ADAC Sachsen driver fell behind both the Team Engstler Hyundais of Theo Coicaud and Max Hesse on lap two, as he went wide at the final corner and dropped to fifth.

Coicaud and Hesse then followed race leader Proczyk, swapping positions on lap 11 as Hesse, in title contention, took second.

The race eventually finished behind the safety car after Proczyk’s team-mate Lukas Niedertscheider, engaged in a race-long battle with LMS Racing’s Antti Buri, crashed into the Finn at the Mercedes arena and left his stricken car in the gravel on the exit of the corner.

Halder took the chequered flag in fourth, after re-taking the position from Andreas Bäckman on lap nine, just after a first three-lap safety car period which was needed when Marcel Fugel crashed his FK2 Honda Civic into the barriers at the final corner when he suffered a failure on his front-left wheel.

Halder’s team-mate Dominik Fugel was fifth, ahead of the Steibel Motorsport CUPRA of Pascal Eberle in sixth.

Jessica Bäckman was seventh, ahead of her brother Andreas in eighth, who lost a handful of positions when he tried to go three-wide with Niedertscheider and Buri on lap 12 before outbraking himself at the hairpin.

Sebastian Steibel was the best Volkswagen driver in ninth, whilst Buri completed the top ten after limping to the end in his damaged Audi.

Mitchell Cheah was 11th in his Team Oettinger Volkswagen, ahead of René Kircher’s Racing One Audi.

Victory for Proczyk (327 points) moves him to just 13 points behinds series leader Buri (340) in third in the standings, whilst Hesse (337) is just three points behind the Finn ahead of Sunday’s second race.

Race result

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 1 Harald PROCZYK HP Racing International Hyundai i30 N TCR 16 16 LAPS 1:49.309 1
2 19 Max HESSE Hyundai Team Engstler Hyundai i30 N TCR 16 0.401 1:49.318 4
3 27 Theo COICAUD Hyundai Team Engstler Hyundai i30 N TCR 16 1.157 1:48.974 3
4 7 Mike HALDER Profi-Car Team Honda ADAC Sachsen Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR 16 2.656 1:49.873 5
5 88 Dominik FUGEL Profi-Car Team Honda ADAC Sachsen Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR 16 3.560 1:50.342 9
6 28 Pascal EBERLE Steibel Motorsport 2 CUPRA TCR 16 4.325 1:50.362 8
7 101 Jessica BÄCKMAN Target Competition Hyundai i30 N TCR 16 4.713 1:50.625 6
8 9 Andreas BÄCKMAN Target Competition Hyundai i30 N TCR 16 4.993 1:49.431 2
9 23 Sebastian STEIBEL Steibel Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 16 5.399 1:50.826 13
10 13 Antti BURI LMS Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 16 9.165 1:50.458 10
11 29 Mitchell CHEAH Min Jie VW Team Oettinger Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 16 9.458 1:51.334 11
12 8 René KIRCHER racing one Audi RS3 LMS TCR 16 10.055 1:51.108 15
13 53 Michelle HALDER Profi-Car Team Halder Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR 16 10.644 1:51.307 20
14 50 Kai JORDAN VW Team Oettinger Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 16 11.837 1:51.787 14
15 98 Jan SEYFFERT Lubner Motorsport LADA Vesta TCR 16 12.291 1:52.121 19
16 105 Franz SIMON Hyundai Team Engstler 2 Hyundai i30 N TCR 16 12.762 1:52.822 16
17 31 Mario ANDEREGG TOPCAR Sport 2 CUPRA TCR 16 13.433 1:52.472 18
18 22 Julien APOTHÉLOZ TOPCAR Sport CUPRA TCR 15 + 1 LAP 1:50.496 12
R 42 Lukas NIEDERTSCHEIDER HP Racing International Hyundai i30 N TCR 12 DNF 1:50.376 7
R 55 Marcel FUGEL Profi-Car Team Halder Honda Civic Type R FK2 TCR 4 DNF 1:51.092 17
NS 6 Bradley BURNS Team Pyro Motorsport Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR DNS N/A