Harald Proczyk takes first win of 2020 in penalty-riddled race

Harald Proczyk claimed his first ADAC TCR Germany win of the season in race two at the Nürburgring, benefitting when fellow Hyundai driver Antti Buri was given a drive-through penalty.

It was Finn Buri who led the opening ten laps of the race as he settled into a comfortable pace, only to have his work undone when he was given the drive-through penalty for a jump start.

Nicolas Gruber had actually started from pole position, with the grid being revised after both Mike and Michelle Halder withdrew from the series after Saturday.

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Gruber ran in second for eight laps, until the Austrian slowed at the final turn with an issue on his front-right wheel. Gruber ended up as the race’s only retirement.

The early stages of the race saw Buri leading a Hyundai 1-2-3-4-5, but that soon became four when Andreas Bäckman was given a drive-through penalty for what appeared to be the most marginal of jump starts.

Bäckman dropped down to last on lap eight after serving his penalty, whilst Proczyk was running in third at the half-way stage of the race, ahead of Norbert Michelisz, who had passed Andreas Bäckman at the chicane a lap earlier.

Proczyk then ascended into the lead with no effort, thanks to Buri’s penalty and Gruber’s retirement. Michelisz claimed second, whilst Honda’s Dominik Fugel completed the podium.

The second HP Racing Hyundai of Jan Seyffert was fourth, ahead of Honda’s Marcel Fugel in fifth and Target Competition’s Jessica Bäckman in sixth. The Swede had on lap 13 pulled a pass on René Kircher to claim the position as she demonstrated strong race pace.

Buri stole seventh from Kircher on the final lap at the chicane, leaving the Volkswagen driver to take the chequered flag in eighth.

SKUBA Racing Team’s Dziugas Tovilavicius and Andreas Bäckman completed the top ten.

GT” Motorsport’s Szymon Ladniak was 11th, whilst Positione Motorsport’s Harri Salminen finished in last after picking up a drive-through penalty for being in the wrong grid position at the start.

Race result

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 2 Harald PROCZYK HP Racing International Hyundai i30 N TCR 20 20 LAPS 1:35.410 4
2 105 Norbert MICHELISZ Hyundai Team Engstler Hyundai i30 N TCR 20 3.401 1:35.931 5
3 88 Dominik FUGEL Profi Car Honda ADAC Sachsen Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 20 9.507 1:36.163 8
4 98 Jan SEYFFERT HP Racing International Hyundai i30 N TCR 20 14.452 1:36.355 9
5 55 Marcel FUGEL Profi Car Team Halder Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 20 24.021 1:36.843 6
6 26 Jessica BÄCKMAN Target Competition Hyundai i30 N TCR 20 24.728 1:36.456 7
7 13 Antti BURI Hyundai Team Engstler Hyundai i30 N TCR 20 26.903 1:35.787 2
8 8 René KIRCHER Volkswagen Team Oettinger Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 20 27.614 1:36.634 10
9 92 Dziugas TOVILAVICIUS SKUBA RACING TEAM Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 20 30.241 1:37.275 12
10 19 Andreas BÄCKMAN Target Competition Hyundai i30 N TCR 20 34.124 1:36.008 3
11 21 Szymon LADNIAK GT2 Motorsports Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 20 52.368 1:37.975 13
12 51 Harri SALMINEN Positione Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 20 57.147 1:36.972 11
R 97 Nicolas GRUBER Hyundai Team Engstler Hyundai i30 N TCR 13 DNF 1:35.865 1
NS 7 Mike HALDER Profi Car Honda ADAC Sachsen Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR DNS N/A
NS 53 Michelle HALDER Profi Car Team Halder Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR DNS N/A
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