a122a3dc 0734 4cc5 9c21 f067c26b930aNiels Langeveld is the new series leader in ADAC TCR Germany, the Dutchman taking two podiums at Zandvoort with a great display of his racecraft. In both qualifung sessions, the racing one driver was the fastest man on the Dutch circuit near the North Sea. Langeveld dominated the first race from pole and in the second race charged from  tenth to the podium. "What a weekend, really fantastic", beamed the new leader of the strong ADAC TCR Germany series.

Trailing just ten points behind championship leader Harald Proczyk, Niels Langeveld knew he had to make it happen at Circuit Zandvoort since at his home circuit the Dutchman always performs well. Last year the racing one driver was the fastest driver at Zandvoort and in both races crossed the finish line in first. But he knew everything had to be perfect as he lost victory in the last year’s first race through a time penalty. That is why he and his team made sure of optimal preparations. Nothing was left to chance all weekend, everybody working more focused than ever.

In Saturday morning’s first qualifying session, Langeveld struck a first blow to his adversaries, setting fastest lap and starting the second session that would determine the starting positions for both races with great confidence. On his second lap, the Audi racer set a superb time of 1:45.892 and that proved to be an insurmountable obstacle for his rivals. With points for pole position in the first race, Langeveld narrowed his deficit to Proczyk to just eight points. It also meant he would have to start the second race in tenth, and behind his main opponent, giving him a tough job to do in this strong field.

After a perfect start to the first race on Saturday afternoon, Niels Langeveld immediately opened up a gap to nearest rival Antti Buri. However, a start crash in the back forced the safety car to come out, and so the racing one pilot had to do it all over again. It worked out very well, though, since Langeveld got on the throttle before the Finn realised, and on the line already had a gap of more than a second. Lap after lap, Langeveld built his lead to win the race by six seconds over Buri. Proczyk finished third, which meant that the championship rivals drew level on points.

Starting in tenth is very difficult, as you are surrounded by the packed midfield – a touch can happen in a split second. Therefore, for Niels Langeveld it was especially important to stay out of trouble on the first lap of Sunday morning’s second race. Nevertheless he almost got pushed into the pit wall, Langeveld barely able to prevent this. But then he managed to pass Antti Buri in a great move into the Hans Ernstbocht and quickly took eighth position. Now, Proczyk was in front of him and Langeveld realised that this was a crucial moment in the race as well as the title fight. With a truly fantastic pass into the Masters corner, the racing one Audi passed Proczyk’s Opel, and now Langeveld was aware that he was in control of the championship.
 
Both his speed and self-confidence were so huge that he passed a few more cars to claim third place. His race had demanded a lot of the tyres and even though Langeveld was able to race towards the second-place driver’s rear, he was unable to attack anymore. But he would have readily signed for third place and the podium ahead of the race, especially since Proczyk was only sixth at the finish.
 
"My racing one team delivered a fantastic car, it went great all weekend. I'm very grateful to my coach Herman de Jager and my team and I will do everything to secure the TCR Germany title", said a euphoric Langeveld.
 
With two events to go, Langeveld now has a nine-point lead. The next two races will be at the Sachsenring and given the exciting form of both Niels Langeveld and his Audi the new championship leader will look forward to these races with confidence.

Results race 1
1. Niels Langeveld; 2. Antti Buri (Fin); 3. Harald Proczyk A); 4. Mike Halder (G); 5. Luca Engstler (G); 6. Simon Reicher (A)
 
Results race 2
1. Luca Engstler (G); 2. Theo Cicaud (F); 3. Niels Langeveld; 4. Luke Wankmüller (G); 5. Mike Halder (G); 6. Harald Proczyk (A)
 
Standings TCR Germany 2018
1. Niels Langeveld 286
2. Harald Proczyk (A) 277
3. Luca Engstler (G) 264
 
Calendar ADAC TCR Germany 2018
7-9 September, Sachsenring, Germany
21-23 September, Hockenheim, Germany 

Quelle: Niels Langeveld Racing

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