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.
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.
|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||–|