Dominik Fugel eases to comfortable race two win

Dominik Fugel eases to comfortable race two win

Dominik Fugel, Profi Car Team Honda ADAC Sachsen, Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR
Photo: ADAC / Gruppe C

Dominik Fugel claimed victory in the second ADAC TCR Germany race at the Lausitzring, jumping into the lead at the start and managing the lead thereafter to win ahead of Harald Proczyk and Antti Buri.

Volkswagen Team Oettinger’s René Kircher had started the reverse-grid race from pole position, but the German made a poor start which allowed fellow front-row starter Michelle Halder to briefly take the lead at Turn 1.

However, Fugel then got past further around the lap, whilst Mike Halder slotted into second ahead of his sister before the end of the opening tour.

Kircher, meanwhile, had dropped down to fifth by the end of the opening lap, which became sixth when Buri took fifth on the second lap of the race.

In the early stages Fugel led Mike Halder by just over half a second, until lap seven when the German’s Honda developed an issue and he slowed, ultimately retiring in the pits at the end of the following lap.

That allowed Proczyk into second, the 2018 champion having passed Michelle Halder for a podium position on the third lap.

Proczyk, though, was unable to close down Fugel’s three-second lead, and in the end had to settle for second as Fugel claimed his fourth TCR Germany win.

Buri completed the podium, having got past Michelle Halder at the final corner on lap four.

Race one winner Nicolas Gruber took fourth, the Austrian having passed Halder for the place with a confident move into Turn 1 three laps from the end as Halder outbraked herself into the corner.

Halder held on for fifth, ahead of the second HP Racing Hyundai of Jan Seyffert in sixth, even though the German went straight on at Turn 1 on lap six and had to go around the tri-oval before re-joining the circuit.

Kircher claimed seventh, ahead of Positione Motorsport’s Harri Salminen in eighth, who had passed Profi Car Team Halder’s Marcel Fugel for the position with four laps to go. Polish racer Albert Legutko completed the top ten in his FK2-spec Civic.

After the opening TCR Germany event of the year Gruber leads the standings with 72 points, ahead of Buri on 69, Proczyk on 67 and Fugel on 64.

The second TCR Germany event of the year takes place at the Nürburgring on 14 – 16 August.

Race result

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 88 Dominik FUGEL Profi Car Honda ADAC Sachsen Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 21 32:07.408 1:30.807 4
2 2 Harald PROCZYK HP Racing International Hyundai i30 N TCR 21 4.156 1:30.939 5
3 13 Antti BURI Hyundai Team Engstler Hyundai i30 N TCR 21 7.925 1:30.483 8
4 97 Nicolas GRUBER Hyundai Team Engstler Hyundai i30 N TCR 21 11.907 1:31.285 6
5 53 Michelle HALDER Profi Car Team Halder Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 21 14.612 1:31.107 2
6 98 Jan SEYFFERT HP Racing International Hyundai i30 N TCR 21 20.349 1:31.287 7
7 8 René KIRCHER Volkswagen Team Oettinger Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 21 23.472 1:31.570 1
8 51 Harri SALMINEN Positione Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 21 29.529 1:31.504 11
9 55 Marcel FUGEL Profi Car Team Halder Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 21 34.113 1:32.114 9
10 17 Albert LEGUTKO Albert Legutko Racing Honda Civic Type-R FK2 TCR 21 34.279 1:32.163 12
11 92 Dziugas TOVILAVICIUS SKUBA RACING TEAM Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 21 36.575 1:32.261 13
R 100 Guido NAUMANN Hyundai Team Engstler Hyundai i30 N TCR 10 DNF 1:31.439 10
R 7 Mike HALDER Profi Car Honda ADAC Sachsen Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 8 DNF 1:30.936 3