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Quarta, 26 Setembro 2018 11:59 | Actualizado em Terça, 04 Agosto 2020 14:07


WTCR
The final part of the season begins in China

The final part of WTCR's inaugural season begins with two back-to-back events in China; this weekend the Ningbo International Speedway hosts Rounds 13 and 14, then the teams will move to Wuhan International Circuit for Rounds 15 and 16.
Gabriele Tarquini arrives to China as the leader of the standings, as he jumped back on top following his victory in Race 2 at the Slovakia Ring. However, the Italian is shadowed by Yvan Muller who has a gap of just three points.
Norbert Michelisz completes a trio of Hyundai drivers on top of the standings, as he lies third, 26 points from Tarquini and five ahead of Yann Ehrlacher.
With four events and twelve races remaining, the list of the title contenders is still long and includes Jean-Karl Vernay, Thed Björk, Pepe Oriola, Esteban Guerrieri and Rub Huff, which means that five different brands - Hyundai, Honda, Audi, Cupra and Volkswagen - are represented by at least one driver.
Two newcomers will join the WTCR field for the Chinese events: Timo Scheider and Ma Qing Hua both at the wheel of Honda Civic cars. Scheider replaced James Thompson at Münnich Motorsport and Ma took over from Benjamin Lessennes at Boutsen Ginion Racing.

Track time at Ningbo

Friday, 28 September - 12:40 (06:40 CET), Free Practice 1 (30 min.)
Friday, 28 September - 15:20 (09:20 CET), Free Practice 2 (30 min.)
Saturday, 29 September - 11:00 (05:00 CET), Qualifying 1 (30 min.)
Saturday, 29 September - 15:30 (09:30 CET), Race 1 (13 laps)
Sunday, 30 September - 09:00 (03:00 CET), Qualifying 2 (Q1 + Q2 + Q3)
Sunday, 30 September - 14:20 (08:20 CET), Race 2 (13 laps)
Sunday, 30 September - 15:40 (09:40 CET), Race 3 (16 laps)

Local time GMT +8

Photos: DPPI

 

 

TCR Europe @ Monza
Italian hat-trick for Jean-Karl Vernay

The final outcome of the penultimate TCR Europe event at Monza began to take shape in Friday’s Practice sessions, when Jean-Karl Vernay and his Audi RS3 LMS outpaced the rest of the field in both, performance and consistency.
A perfect combination of top speed and a favourable Compensation Weight clearly elected the Frenchman as the man to watch in the weekend. And he did not disappoint.
In fact, Vernay made a clean sweep, setting pole position, winning both races, scoring the maximum points and relaunching his chances in the title fight.
When only the final event is left – at Barcelona’s Catalunya Circuit on October 19/20 – Vernay has leapt from fifth to second in the standings, reducing his gap from Mikel Azcona to just 19 points.
With 55 points still on offer, the only other credible pretender to the TCR European crown remains Dušan Borković, who stands third, 30 points behind Azcona. Mathematically speaking, Attila Tassi, Dániel Nagy and Josh Files are still in contention, but their chances are purely theoretical as they lie 41, 50 and 55 points behind.
In Race 1, Azcona took a better start and Vernay was forced to follow until he overtook the Spaniard’s Cupra on lap 5; Azcona was quite happy to settle in second position ahead of Files and Maxime Potty.
The second race saw Francisco Abreu leading the first three laps, then Vernay took control once again. Behind him there was a fierce battle for the other podium positions with plenty of contact. Eventually, Files and Tassi were classified second and third, with Potty encoring his fourth place.

Photos: TCR/Photo 4

 

 

 

TCR Germany@ Hockenheim
Proczyk keeps his cool and takes the title

At Hockenheim, Harald Proczyk concluded a superb season with a flawless weekend that crowned him as the TCR Germany champion. At the wheel of his HP Racing Opel Astra, the Austrian set pole position and won the first race, retaking the lead in the standings by four points over Luca Engstler. With the latter dropped from 9th to 19th on the grid for Race 2 by a penalty, all Proczyk needed was to keep cool and stay ahead of his rival.
Engstler gave it all and more, driving a frantic race; he hit and was hit, but progressed relentlessly and finally took fourth only to finish in frustration behind Proczyk.
In Race 1, Engstler was faster than pole sitter Proczyk and took the lead, but Proczyk and Mike Halder overtook him, while Niels Langeveld moved up to fourth. As Proczyk and Halder built small margins, Engstler defended third from Langeveld; the fourth place helped the Dutchman to stay in contention for the title, 22 points behind, but with a better position on the grid for Race 2.
And he led for most of the race, chased by Halder and Proczyk, while Engstler was elbowing his way through the field making risky overtaking manoeuvres and getting closer to the leaders. Langeveld was put under pressure from Halder, Proczyk and Antti Buri, dropped to fourth but retook third. On the final lap, Langeveld attacked Proczyk who wisely let him go; Halder claimed his third victory of the season from Langeveld, Proczyk and Engstler.
Proczyk was crowned champion with 421 points, followed by Engstler on 414, Langeveld 403 and Halder 366. HP Racing International took the Teams’ title, while Max Hesse won the Rookie Trophy in the PROSport Performance Audi.

Photos: ADAC Motorsport/Gruppe C Photography

 

TCR Scandinavia @ Mantorp Park
Kristoffersson is champion as Dahlgren retires

In the season finale at Mantorp Park, Johan Kristoffersson completed a great recovery in Race 1 from seventh on the grid to take his third consecutive win. A fifth place in the second race was then enough for him to clinch the TCR Scandinavia crown, after his rival in the title fight Robert Dahlgren retired due to a gearbox failure.
At the start of Race 1, Andreas Wernersson took the lead from Dahlgren, Fredrik Ekblom, Daniel Haglöf, Mattias Andersson and Kristoffersson. The latter began to climb, overtaking Andersson for fifth, while Dahlgren snatched the lead from Wernersson. Kristoffersson passed Haglöf, Ekblom and Wernersson and got closer to Dahlgren who  tried to defend his lead, but on lap 9 Kristoffersson overtook him after a contact. Ekblom punted Dahlgren and sent him wide, which enabled Wernersson and Ekblom to finish second and third; however Ekblom was given a 2.4 seconds penalty for the incident that dropped him to fourth.
These results elevated Kristoffersson to the top of the standings, three points ahead of Dahlgren.
In the second race, Tobias Brink converted his pole position into a lights-to-flag victory. Behind him, Kristoffersson put pressure on Andersson in an attempt to move up to second, while Dahlgren climbed to fourth after passing Haglöf. On lap 5, Dahlgren was closing in on Kristoffersson, but all of a sudden slowed down and retired. As Kristoffersson was trying again to overtake Andersson, the two of them made contact and Haglöf overtook both for second. With the title in his hands, Kristoffersson eased his pace and conceded fourth position to Andreas Wernersson.
Kristoffersson (195 pts) won the title, Dahlgren (182) was second, Haglöf (174) third and Wernersson (160) fourth. As a consolation the PWR Racing SEAT Dealer Team won both the Junior (with Philip Morin) and Teams’ titles. 

Photos: Micke Fransson

 

Super Taikyu @ Motegi
DOME Racing retains the title in Japan

A 1-2 finish in the Motegi 5-hours, fifth round of the Super Taikyu, meant that the DOME Racing Honda team has clinched the TCR title for the second year in a row.
The Civic #98 claimed a second consecutive win; after the Autopolis 5-hours, Taiyo Iida and Hiroki Kato were victorious in Motegi, this time sharing the car with Keishi Ishikawa who replaced Kazuho Takahashi.
The team’s success was completed by the Modulo Racing sister car #97 of Tadao Uematsu, Shinji Nakano, Hiroki Otsu and Takashi Kobayashi that recovered to second after starting from the back of the grid.
In the TCR standings, the #97 car leads by 58 points from the BRP Audi RS3 LMS #19, when only 21 points will be awarded in the final round at Okayama. The #98 Civic has rounded off the team’s triumph having mathematically clinched the second place, as it stands 27 points behind the sister car.
The final round of the series will be the Okayama 3-hour race on November 3 and 4.

Photo: Honda Racing

 

VLN @ Nürburgring
The Møller Bil Motorsport’s Audi wins again

The winning streak of Møller Bil Motorsport in the TCR class of the VLN series has reached the third consecutive victory.
The Audi RS3 LMS run by the Norwegian team won the series’ seventh round with the usual trio of Håkon Schjærin, Kenneth Østvold and Atle Gulbrandsen taking shifts at the wheel during the four-hour race.
They set pole position in the class with a lap of 8:42.980 that placed them 28th on the starting grid, then covered 26 laps of the Nürburgring Nordschleife to be classified 25th overall out of the 149 starters.
Second in the class was the Mathilda Racing Cupra driven by Andreas Gülden and Heiko Hammel and, in a perfect repetition of the previous round’s podium, Benedikt Gentgen, Bernd Hömberg and Lukas Thiele were classified third in the class and 34th overall in the FEV Racing Cupra.
The series' eighth round will take place on September 6.

Photo: VLN Media

 

Tassi awarded with the TCR Swiss Trophy

Attila Tassi’s third place in the second race of the TCR Europe Series at Monza meant that the young Hungarian won the first edition of the ASS TCR Swiss Trophy.
The trophy was awarded by counting the results from five events: three of TCR Europe (Zandvoort, Assen and Monza) and one each of TCR Italy (Imola) and TCR Germany (Red Bull Ring). Tassi scored 91 points, beating Mikel Azcona (81) and Jean-Karl Vernay (74).
The three drivers received the trophies from the hands of Peter Falk, Director of Automobile Sport Switzerland.      

Photo: TCR/Photo 4

 

TCR Germany
New calendar and tyre partner announced

During the final event of the season at Hockenheim, ADAC Motorsport and TCR Germany announced Yokohama as the series' new tyre supplier.
The 2019 calendar was also unveiled. The season will kick off on 26/28 April at Oschersleben and the series will then visit Most in Czech Republic (17/19 May), the Red Bull Ring in Austria (7/9 June), Zandvoort in the Netherlands (9/11 August), Nürburgring (16/18 August), Hockenheim (13/15 September) and Sachsenring (27/29 September). 

 

The other races of the upcoming weekend

 

TCR China returns to Ningbo one month after its second event for Rounds 7, 8 and 9 that will be run within the frame of the WTCR race meeting.
So far the MacPro Racing Team's Honda Civic #88 has won all four sprint races, driven by Henry Ho and Eurico de Jesus at Zhejiang and by André Couto at Ningbo. However, both the 60-minute races have been won by the TeamWork Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTI shared by Sunny Wong and Alex Hui.
In the standings, the MacPro Civic leads the TeamWork Golf by 5 points.
There are four additions to the field at Ningbo: two Audi RS3 LMS cars entered by TA Motorsport and TeamWork Motorsport for Fillipe Clemente de Souza and Paul Poon and a couple of Alfa Romeo Giulietta cars under the banner of ZongHeng Racing Team.

TCR Korea kicked off its inaugural season five weeks ago at Yeongam's Korea International Circuit, where Andrew Kim (Brand New Racing Volkswagen Golf GTI) and Charlie Kang (Indigo Racing Hyundai i30 N) shared race victories.
They are currently first (Kang) and second (Kim) in the standings, split by a single point.
Newcomers to the series for the second event, that takes place at the Inje Speedium, are Noh Dong Gi in a Hyundai run by E-Rain Motorsport and Jung Nam Su in a Brand New Racing Golf.

 

The TCR events of the week

28 / 30 September - WTCR, Rounds 13 & 14 @ Ningbo, China
28 / 30 September - TCR China, Rounds 7, 8 & 9 @ Ningbo, China
29 / 30 September - TCR Korea, Rounds 3 & 4 @ Inje, Korea

Live streaming at www.tcr-series.com and www.tcr-series.tv.

Saturday: TCR China, Race 1 - 09:00 local time (03:00 CET)
Saturday: TCR China, Race 2 - 12:40 local time (06:40 CET)
Saturday: TCR China, Race 3 - 16:20 local time (10:20 CET)
Sunday: TCR Korea, Race 1 - 10:15 local time (03:15 CET)
Sunday: TCR Korea, Race 1 - 14:15 local time (08:15 CET)


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