Mike Halder scored a lights-to-flag victory in TCR Germany’s Race 1 at the Nürburgring, the second for him in the season at the wheel of his Honda Civic FK7, Dominik Fugel finished second, making a Honda 1-2, while Niels Langeveld completed the podium in his Audi RS3 LMS.
Harald Proczyk, who had led the standings from the opening event, was dropped to the back of the grid for an engine change, recovered to finish 13th and slipped down to second in the classification, four points behind Langeveld.
Halder took command at the start from pole position and resisted the pressure from Lukas Niedertscheider’s Peugeot 308 in the early stages, until the Austrian was given a drive-through for a jump-start and dropped back. Eventually Niedertscheider was classified 16th.
With Halder in control, Fugel and Langeveld settled for second and third ahead of Max Hesse, Michelle Halder and Benjamin Leuchter.
The race was mostly processional until the end, with only Luca Engstler and Harald Proczyk who were trying to elbow their way through the field. On his first race in the Hyundai i30 N, Engstler recovered from 16th on the grid to ninth behind his teammate Théo Coicaud and Antti Buri’s Audi; Proczyk climbed from 28th on the grid to 13th at the end, behind his fellow Opel drivers Jasmin Preisig and Luke Wankmüller.
Racing One’s Langeveld is the new championship leader with 197 points, four more than HP Racing’s Proczyk; Engstler is still in third position with a gap of 22 points, while Mike Halder moved up to fourth, 39 points off the leader.
Race 2 will start Sunday at 14:45 (live streaming at www.tcr-series.com and www.tcr-series.tv).
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