Luca Engstler was victorious again in the second ADAC TCR Germany race of the weekend at Oschersleben, guiding his Hyundai to another win ahead of the Honda of Dominik Fugel.
Engstler drove a flawless race from pole position, never really being challenged by the chasing pack as he eased to his second win of the weekend by just under three seconds.
In the early stages of the race the German’s team-mate Nico Gruber had moved into second place, the Austrian having also started from the front row, but he came under heavy pressure late in the race from Fugel.
On the final lap Fugel attempted to pass at Turn 3 and as Gruber forced him to the outside, Fugel had to take to the circuit, the two banging panels as the Honda ADAC Sachsen driver re-joined.
Fugel was able to seal the pass at the next corner, whilst Gruber held on to third, with his tyre smoking after the bodywork rubbed against it on the last lap.
René Kircher claimed fourth in the best of the Volkswagens, passing Wimmer Werk Motorsport’s Eric Scalvini for the place three laps from the end when the Italian locked up into the first corner.
Former TCR Italy racer Scalvini was fifth, completing a solid weekend for the series newcomer, ahead of the Hyundai of Lithuanian racer Jonas Karklys in sixth.
Marcel Fugel brought his Honda home in seventh, although the younger brother of Dominik had been running in fourth in the early stages until he was hit at the final corner by Martin Andersen’s Hyundai on lap five.
Andersen had tried the lap earlier to pass the Honda driver through Turn 14 but had to back out after light contact at high-speed, before thumping into Fugel much harder on the next lap.
The contact allowed Scalvini and Kircher through, whilst Andersen, now sporting front splitter damage, was handed a drive-through penalty for the contact.
Hyundai racer Robin Jahr was eighth, whilst the top ten was completed by Albert Legutko in his older model Honda Civic and the Hyundai of 61-year-old Roland Hertner.
Peter Gross was the race’s only retirement, stopping his Audi after just one lap of racing. His team-mate, Günter Benninger, had earlier spun off on his own on the first lap, causing a brief safety car period, but he was able to re-join the race and ultimately finished in last.
After the first weekend of action, Engstler leads the standings with 68 points ahead of Dominik Fugel (50), Gruber (39), Marcel Fugel (32), Scalvini (29) and Andersen (29).
|1||8||Luca ENGSTLER||Hyundai Team Engstler||Hyundai i30 N TCR||20||20 LAPS||1:32.202||1|
|2||88||Dominik FUGEL||Honda ADAC Sachsen||Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR||20||2.784||1:32.798||5|
|3||97||Nicolas GRUBER||Hyundai Team Engstler||Hyundai i30 N TCR||20||4.277||1:32.509||2|
|4||80||René KIRCHER||Volkswagen Team Oettinger||Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR||20||6.967||1:33.035||6|
|5||6||Eric SCALVINI||Wimmer Werk Motorsport||CUPRA Leon Competición TCR||20||11.491||1:32.989||4|
|6||27||Jonas KARKLYS||NordPass||Hyundai i30 N TCR||20||14.862||1:33.273||9|
|7||55||Marcel FUGEL||Honda ADAC Sachsen||Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR||20||21.084||1:33.698||7|
|8||22||Robin JAHR||ROJA Motorsport by ASL Lichtblau||Hyundai i30 N TCR||20||28.005||1:33.637||8|
|9||17||Albert LEGUTKO||Albert Legutko Racing||Honda Civic Type-R FK2 TCR||20||39.712||1:34.091||14|
|10||9||Roland HERTNER||Hyundai Team Engstler||Hyundai i30 N TCR||20||39.917||1:34.499||11|
|11||21||Szymon ŁADNIAK||JP Motorsport||Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR||20||40.336||1:34.822||13|
|12||33||Philipp REGENSPERGER||Lubner Motorsport||Opel Astra TCR||20||40.480||1:33.970||12|
|13||19||Martin ANDERSEN||Hyundai Team Engstler||Hyundai i30 N TCR||20||42.658||1:33.063||3|
|14||34||Patrick SING||RaceSing||Hyundai i30 N TCR||20||1:13.274||1:34.640||10|
|15||99||Christian VOITHOFER||Wimmer Werk Motorsport||CUPRA Leon Competición TCR||20||1:22.791||1:36.479||15|
|16||56||Günter BENNINGER||Wimmer Werk Motorsport||CUPRA Leon Competición TCR||19||+ 1 LAP||1:37.179||16|
|R||5||Peter GROSS||Wimmer Werk Motorsport||Audi RS3 LMS TCR||1||DNF||N/A||17|