WTCR Race of Germany 2019

WTCR Race of Germany 2019 - 20-22/06/2019

THE CHALLENGE
Germany’s WTCR host venue offers a challenge like no other with its daunting 25.378-kilometre lap, 64 heart-stopping corners and changeable Eifel mountains weather. Opening for business in 1927 and a German Grand Prix regular until Niki Lauda’s near-fatal accident in 1976, the Nürburgring Nordschleife joined the FIA World Touring Car Championship schedule from 2015-2017 as part of the ADAC Zurich 24h Rennen weekend. The WTCR took over in 2018 and delivered even more action with Yvan Muller, Esteban Guerrieri and Thed Björk winning. Former DTM champion René Rast took part as a wildcard and was fast but out of luck.

RACE RECAP 2018

Weekend in short
*Guerrieri joins compatriots Fangio and López as a Nordschleife winner with Race 2 success
*R1 victor Muller takes championship lead, Björk makes it a YMR double in Race 3
*Vervisch stars in Comtoyou Audi but it’s a tough weekend for Tarquini
*There’s bad luck for home hero wildcard René Rast

Weekend report: Touring car legend Yvan Muller was the big winner at the world’s toughest race track, adding P3 in Race 3 to his Race 1 triumph and move to the top of the WTCR OSCARO standings. Argentine Esteban Guerrieri joined his compatriots, the great Juan Manuel Fangio and triple World Touring Car champion José María López, with his first Nürburgring Nordschleife victory following a thrilling drive in Race 2 ahead of Pepe Oriola, with Thed Björk claiming his win of 2018 to complete a memorable event for Muller’s YMR team. Having won Race 1, Frenchman Muller claimed fourth in Race 2 before completing the podium in Race 3 in his Hyundai i30 N TCR. His performance, coupled with a weekend of woe for erstwhile title leader Gabriele Tarquini, put him on top of the standings by 19 points. In contrast, Italian Tarquini endured a miserable trip to Germany, crashing out of both Race 1 and 2 and non-starting the third counter. Having lost out to team boss Muller in Race 1 from the DHL pole, 2017 World Touring Car champion Björk made the most of his second top start in Race 3, holding off an impressive challenge from Frédéric Vervisch.

Winning quote: “Between driving flat out on the Nordschleife and my Maxwell Smart Agent 86 celebration, which I had planned for a while, I am quite excited and tired,” said Guerrieri. “It was a tough race. We knew what was our strong points on the Civic Type R and what were the weak points so we pushed for the strong. I did a very good start and we managed to take P1 and control the race. Yesterday we couldn’t find a good balance. But last night we looked after every detail and made the car as good as it was yesterday. We pushed and here we are, P1.”

Results reminder
DHL Pole Position Race 1: Thed Björk (SWE) Hyundai i30 N TCR
Race 1 winner: Yvan Muller (FRA) Hyundai i30 N TCR
Race 1 fastest lap: Norbert Michelisz (HUN) Hyundai i30 N TCR
DHL Pole Position Race 2: Pepe Oriola (ESP) Cupra TCR
Race 2 winner: Esteban Guerrieri (ARG) Honda Civic Type R TCR
Race 2 fastest lap: Norbert Michelisz (HUN) Hyundai i30 N TCR
DHL Pole Position Race 3: Thed Björk (SWE) Hyundai i30 N TCR
Race 3 winner: Thed Björk (SWE) Hyundai i30 N TCR
Race 3 fastest lap: Frédéric Vervisch (BEL) Audi RS 3 LMS
TAG Heuer Best Lap Trophy: Frédéric Vervisch (BEL) Audi RS 3 LMS
TAG Heuer Most Valuable Driver: Yvan Muller (FRA) Hyundai i30 N TCR

Track essentials
Name: Nürburgring Nordschleife
Location: Otto-Flimm-Straße, 53520 Nürburg, Germany
Length: 25.378 kilometres
Race 1 distance: 3 laps (76.134 kilometres)
Race 2 distance: 3 laps (76.134 kilometres)
Race 3 distance: 3 laps (76.134 kilometres)
Best laps
WTCR lap record (qualifying): Thed Björk (Hyundai i30 N TCR), 8m55.085s (170.7kph), 11/05/18
TCR car lap record (qualifying): Thed Björk (Hyundai i30 N TCR), 8m55.085s (170.7kph), 11/05/18
WTCR lap record (race): Frédéric Vervisch (Audi RS 3 LMS), 8m59.076s (169.4kph), 12/05/18
TCR car lap record (race): Frédéric Vervisch (Audi RS 3 LMS), 8m59.076s (169.4kph), 12/05/18
More details
Time zone: GMT +2 hours
Fly to: Köln Bonn (97 kilometres)
Stay: Nürburg
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