The TCR Germany
weekend at the Sachsenring saw Luca Engstler making a giant leap in
the standings, as he scored the maximum of points with pole position
and two race wins.
These results propelled him on top of the standings, five points
ahead of Harald Proczyk and 11 of Niels Langeveld.
In the first race, Engstler took the lead from Mike Halder and
Proczyk; behind them, Théo Coicaud and Pascal Eberle were fighting
for fourth, while Antti Buri was recovering after starting from 13th.
The Finn overtook Eberle for fifth and began fighting with Coicaud.
On lap 13, Coicaud, Buri and Eberle made contact, Buri escaped, while
Coicaud and Eberle went off and the safety car was deployed. The race
resumed for the two final laps, Engstler and Halder were first and
second, Proczyk defended third from Buri, while Michelle Halder and
Langeveld finished fifth and sixth.
In Race 2 Engstler completed a sensational charge from P10 on the
grid. At the start, Langeveld took the lead ahead of Michelle Halder,
Proczyk, Max Hesse and Coicaud, but it was Engstler who delivered the
show, passing Coicaud and Hesse and then battling with Proczyk. The
fight became hotter, as Engstler passed Proczyk and Michelle Halder
and was on the tail of Langeveld’s Audi. The two had a fierce battle,
but the Dutchman seemed destined to keep the lead.
However, at the end of the penultimate lap, Langeveld was in trouble
with his car, lost momentum and dropped to fifth. Engstler found
himself in the lead and went to claim his second victory of the
weekend; Michelle Halder retained second position, while Eberle
benefited from the commotion to pass Proczyk for third.
The season finale will be at Hockenheim on September 22/23, where
Engstler, Proczyk and Langeveld will be fighting for the title with
95 points on offer. Mathematically Mike Halder is still in
contention, but the gap of 62 points makes his chances purely
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