Martin Andersen wraps up TCR Germany title with sixth straight win

Liqui Moly Team Engstler’s Martin Andersen secured the ADAC TCR Germany title with victory in the second race at the Sachsenring on Sunday, seeing off a challenge from main rival Jessica Bäckman.

Andersen started the race from pole and led from lights-to-flag, although Comtoyou Racing’s Bäckman had tried to close in the Dane in the early-to-mid stages of the race.

The closest Bäckman – the only driver who could deny Andersen the title – came was when the pair came to lap the Holden Astra of Michael Maurer, with Bäckman getting the gap down to just over half a second.

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However, on the following lap Andersen pulled the gap back out to almost a second and a half, and Bäckman’s challenge faded thereafter as the Honda driver went on to win by almost two seconds.

Bäckman could do no more than bring her Audi home in second for her eighth podium finish of the season, in a largely uneventful race.

Nordpass’ Jonas Karklys completed the podium in his Hyundai, the Lithuanian racer having jumped from fifth on the grid up to third with a strong start and run to the first corner.

Maurer Motorsport’s Niels Langeveld was fourth, the Dutchman hauling his Holden up two places at the start, although he pushed Karklys hard for the final podium in the closing laps.

ROJA Motorsport’s René Kircher was fifth, ahead of the Audi of Max Gruhn in sixth. Gruhn gained two places on the last lap when newcomer Tim Rölleke knocked Szymon Ładniak into the gravel at the first corner on the last lap whilst battling for sixth.

It was the second time Rölleke had hit Ładniak in the race, and he ceded track position immediately on both occasions.

Ładniak was thus seventh, ahead of the Hyundai of Patrick Sing in eighth, whilst the top ten was completed by ROJA Motorsport duo Kai Jordan and Robin Jahr in their Hyundai Velosters.

Roland Hertner failed to take the start due to the damage to his Honda when he crashed out of Saturday’s first race.

Andersen has won the title with a round to spare, with the season finale to take place at the Hockenheimring on 22 – 23 October.

Race result

POS NO CL NAT DRIVER ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 19 Martin ANDERSEN Liqui Moly Team Engstler Honda Civic Type-R FK7 TCR 22 32:46.922 1:27.742 1
2 26 Jessica BÄCKMAN Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR II 22 1.912 1:28.064 3
3 27 Jonas KARKLYS NordPass Hyundai i30 N TCR 22 5.098 1:27.981 5
4 14 Niels LANGEVELD maurer motorsport Holden Astra TCR 22 5.927 1:28.481 6
5 8 René KIRCHER ROJA Motorsport by ASL Lichtblau Hyundai i30 N TCR 22 6.580 1:28.287 2
6 13 Max GRUHN Gruhn Stahlbau Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR II 22 25.478 1:29.235 10
7 21 Szymon ŁADNIAK Liqui Moly Team Engstler Honda Civic Type-R FK7 TCR 22 27.269 1:28.442 4
8 34 Patrick SING RaceSing Hyundai i30 N TCR 22 29.875 1:29.240 9
9 18 Kai JORDAN ROJA Motorsport by ASL Lichtblau Hyundai Veloster N TCR 22 35.343 1:29.318 11
10 22 Robin JAHR ROJA Motorsport by ASL Lichtblau Hyundai Veloster N TCR 22 46.371 1:28.692 8
11 44 Tim RÖLLEKE ROJA Motorsport by ASL Lichtblau Hyundai i30 N TCR 22 55.332 1:28.410 7
12 38 Kai ROSOWSKI K-Ro Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 22 1:04.081 1:31.153 12
13 17 Michael MAURER maurer motorsport Holden Astra TCR 20 + 2 LAPS 1:34.491 13
NS 9 Roland HERTNER Liqui Moly Team Engstler Honda Civic Type-R FK7 TCR DNS N/A
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