Lights-to-flag win for Michelle Halder at Zandvoort
11 August 2019
Michelle Halder became the first lady driver to win a race in the ADAC TCR Germany as she took an authoritative lights-to-flag win in Zandvoort’s Race 2.
Antti Buri and her brother Mike completed the podium, while yesterday’s Race 1 winner Max Hesse finished in ninth position despite driving sideways for the final laps after his car was damaged in a collision with Harald Proczyk.
Michelle Halder starting from the pole pipped Lance David Arnold and took the lead. As she pulled away tough battles for the positions developed with Buri passing René Kircher and Arnold to move into second. Proczyk, Mike Halder, Dominik Fugel and Hesse were driving abreast and made contact on lap 2; Proczyk got the worst of it and dropped from fourth to seventh.
In a few laps, Mike Halder closed the gap from the pairing of Buri and Arnold, while Fugel pitted with a technical issue, which promoted Hesse and Proczyk to fifth and sixth.
On lap 10, Mike Halder passed Arnold for third and began chasing Buri; behind them the fight for fifth between Hesse and Proczyk culminated with their cars coming together on lap 14; something broke in Hesse’s car that was running sideways. Despite he was clearly struggling to handle it, Hesse didn’t give up and managed to salvage a valuable ninth place.
Michelle Halder claimed her maiden victory from Buri, her brother Mike, Arnold and Proczyk.
In the standings, Buri is still leading with a margin of 12 points over Proczyk, Mike Halder has moved back into third, 24 points off the leader, while Hesse has dropped from third to fourth a further 13 points adrift.
The series now moves to the Nürburgring that will host Rounds 9 and 10 next weekend.
1. Michelle Halder (Profi-Car, Honda Civic FK7), 16 laps
2. Antti Buri (LMS Racing, Audi RS 3 LMS), 1.147
3. Mike Halder (Profi-Car, Honda Civic FK7), 1.677
4. Lance David Arnold (Team Engstler, Hyundai i30 N), 4.014
6. Harald Proczyk (HP Racing International, Hyundai i30 N), 6.112
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