Luca Engstler doubles up with Oschersleben race two win

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.

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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).

Race results

POS NO CL NAT DRIVER ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP GD
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
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