TCR Germany 2018 with seven brands and a football star
TCR Germany starts into the third season with Audi, Cupra, Volkswagen, Honda, Opel, Renault and Peugeot – football star Max Kruse becomes team boss
Seven brands, seven race weekends, a strong field of drivers and a prominent new team boss with football star Max Kruse: The third season of TCR Germany promises high excitement and spectacular touring car racing. And the start in the Motorsport Arena in Oschersleben is getting closer and closer. The starting signal will be fired on the weekend of 13. till 15. April in the context of the GT Masters in the Magdeburger Börde. SPORT1 will also broadcast the races of the TCR Germany live on TV in the 2018 season.
“TCR Germany is firmly established in the German motorsport landscape in its third season and is an ideal platform for both young talent and experienced touring car drivers. With new manufacturers and exciting newcomers, we can once again look forward to touring car racing as it should be this year,” says ADAC sports president Hermann Tomczyk.
Franz Engstler of Engstler Motorsport, who is organising the series together with him, is also looking forward to the new season: “The field of TCR Germany is diverse and very balanced. With around 30 vehicles, we again have a very strong field. We’re excited about the new Peugeot and Renault teams, but also about new teams like Max Kruse Racing, which will certainly give the series new impetus this year and further increase its popularity”.
In the 2018 season, TCR Germany will once again welcome some new entrants among the 350-hp racing cars. While the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR, Audi RS3 LMS, Opel Astra TCR and Cupra TCR models are already known from previous years, the new generation of the Honda Civic is just as new in the field as two French cars. Renault is putting the Megane TCR into the race, and Peugeot’s 308 TCR is at the starting line. For the third season of TCR Germany 27 participants are registered, guest entrants complete the field at selected events.
Even before the start of the season it is clear that there will be a new champion this year. Josh Files and the two-time champion team Target Competition have moved to TCR Europe. The cards are reshuffled accordingly, and a clear title favorite is not discernible. In addition to Luca Engstler, who is once again in the VW Golf GTI TCR, vice champion Mike Halder in the Honda Civic TCR and last year’s race winners Harald Proczyk in the Opel Astra TCR and Niels Langeveld in the Audi RS3 LMS also have a chance of winning the championship.
The brands are colorfully distributed this year. The more popular vehicle among the teams is the VW Golf GTI TCR, a total of eight of the compact sports cars from Wolfsburg will compete this year. Team Engstler is the largest team in the series with six VW Golf GTI TCR, among others for Niko Kankkunen, son of four-time World Rally Champion Juha Kankkunen, and last year’s race winner Florian Thoma. Max Kruse Racing with Werder-Bremen striker Max Kruse as team boss and Benjamin Leuchter as driver as well as Steibel Motorsport will use one more Golf each.
The teams Fullin Race Academy as guest entrants, Wolf-Power Racing, Topcar Sport and the professional car team Halder use a total of five Cupra TCR. In addition, five Audi RS3 LMS from Racing One, Prosport Performance and the well-known team YACO Racing from the GT Masters are joined by team boss Uwe Geipel, who are expanding their activities to TCR Germany.
Team Honda Sachsen is betting on two of the new generation Honda Civic, while the professional car team Halder is betting on the champion car of the past two years, the previous year’s version of the Civic. HP Racing International by Hari Proczyk and Steibel Motorsport, using an Astra for Jasmin Preisig, will start under the sign of lightning with the Opel Astra TCR. Wolf-Power Racing and the newcomers to Besagroup Racing each rely on a new Renault Megane TCR, while Niedertscheider Motorsport is the only team to rely on the new Peugeot 308 TCR.
The Rookie Challenge will enter the next round in 2018. Luke Wankmüller in an Opel, Max Hesse in an Audi, Marcel Fugel in a Honda, Loris Prattes in a Cupra and VW driver Justin Häußermann compete for a Honda Civic.