‘Fantastic race’ for elated first-time winner Michelle Halder

Michelle Halder says the second TCR Europe race at Zolder was an ‘incredible’ race for her, as she became the first woman to win a race in the series after passing Dan Lloyd at the start.

Halder got her Honda away from the line better than her Brutal Fish Racing rival, leading into Turn 1 having started the reverse-grid race in second.

The German was then able to edge away from Lloyd, who didn’t have a further challenge for the lead during the race, enabling Halder to claim her first win in the series.

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The result comes just three weeks after her brother Mike claimed his first victory in the series at Circuit Paul Ricard, reinforcing the team’s decision to switch from TCR Germany to TCR Europe this year.

“The start was just amazing,” said Halder. “I directly overtook Daniel Lloyd immediately after the start and then I had a fantastic race, with no mistakes from my side and the car was just amazing.

“I had a great race; this was my first time in Zolder and also this was the first win for a female driver in TCR Europe, so I am very, very happy – it’s incredible.

“In the first race weekend at Paul Ricard we were there, and Mike won and then I won here plus Mike had a second place yesterday, so it’s been just an amazing start to TCR Europe for us.

“It’s been great for the team and I am just so happy right now!”

Halder has moved up to ninth in the drivers’ championship on 72 points, as she also finished seventh in race one on Saturday to claim her first double top ten in the series.

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