Szymon Ładniak earns his maiden win on first visit to the Salzburgring

Szymon Ładniak claimed an authoritative victory on the first visit of TCR Germany to the Salzburgring, with the Team Engstler driver seeing off an early challenge from team-mate Martin Andersen.

At the start, Andersen beat fellow Honda racer Ładniak away from the lights, but on lap three the Pole found a way back past into a lead which he would not lose.

Not only that, but Ładniak was able to then extend an 11-second advantage over the Dane to claim his first-ever win in the series.

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“The win feels wonderful,” said Ładniak. “A few bad things went through my head when I was first with that much margin, but I made it. Standing here with the trophy is sensational.”

Andersen had a tough fight to hold on to second, with ROJA Motorsport’s René Kircher ultimately having to settle for the final podium place in his Hyundai i30 N, just half a second behind Andersen.

Robin Jahr also remained in the mix for a podium, but the ROJA Team Principal took fourth, following his team-mate home.

Double winner last time out, Jessica Bäckman had a difficult task after starting from the back of the grid due to an engine change penalty, but she fought her way through to fifth.

There was a sizeable gap to sixth, where 62-year-old Roland Hertner finished in his Liqui Moly Team Engstler Honda.

Race two gets underway at 13:45 CEST (12:45 BST) on Sunday.

Race result

POS NO CL NAT DRIVER ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 21 Szymon ŁADNIAK Liqui Moly Team Engstler Honda Civic Type-R FK7 TCR 22 32:08.814 1:26.719 1
2 19 Martin ANDERSEN Liqui Moly Team Engstler Honda Civic Type-R FK7 TCR 22 11.407 1:27.016 2
3 8 René KIRCHER ROJA Motorsport by ASL Lichtblau Hyundai i30 N TCR 22 11.910 1:27.028 3
4 22 Robin JAHR ROJA Motorsport by ASL Lichtblau Hyundai Veloster N TCR 22 12.405 1:27.158 4
5 26 Jessica BÄCKMAN ROJA Motorsport by ASL Lichtblau Hyundai Veloster N TCR 22 14.162 1:27.056 12
6 9 Roland HERTNER Liqui Moly Team Engstler Honda Civic Type-R FK7 TCR 22 55.951 1:28.813 11
7 11 Vincent RADERMECKER maurer motorsport Holden Astra TCR 22 57.985 1:29.443 6
8 13 Max GRUHN Gruhn Stahlbau Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 2021 22 1:25.553 1:28.085 8
9 38 Kai ROSOWSKI K-Ro Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 22 1:28.163 1:29.790 9
10 17 Michael MAURER maurer motorsport Holden Astra TCR 21 + 1 LAP 1:32.162 10
R 27 Jonas KARKLYS NordPass Hyundai i30 N TCR 12 DNF 1:27.734 5
R 34 Patrick SING RaceSing Hyundai i30 N TCR 8 DNF 1:27.918 7
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