Touring car racing has a long tradition in Germany. For many years, the DTM was considered the number one thing. But after the exit of Mercedes draw dark clouds on the German Touring Car Championship on. No wonder the fans are looking for alternatives. Above all, the ADAC TCR Germany is becoming increasingly popular.
The racing cars were developed according to the globally consistent TCR regulations and have two-liter turbo engines with more than 300 hp and front-wheel drive. All vehicles are equipped by Pirelli with tires. The goal: Here is a bridge to the series cars are beaten. That's the idea behind this still young racing series, which has now started its fourth season in Oschersleben. The engine information service (mid) was there and experienced exciting motorsport to touch.
An important role is played by the Hyundai Team Engstler, which uses two i30 N TCRs. The goal is clearly defined. "We want to go for the championship," says team boss Andreas blade the mid. If you take a look inside the garages, you can see how professionally they work there. Every handle sits. And best of all, the fans can watch the mechanics on the fingers.
This is the special charm of the series and is reflected in the number of spectators. "On average, between 20,000 and 25,000 fans attend each event," says Andreas Klinge. Even in Oschersleben formed on the way kilometer-long car-snakes – despite the wet and cold bad weather. Real racing fans can not stop that.
For the Hyundai Team Engstler, young riders Max Hesse (17 / Wernau) and Theo Coicaud (19 / Le Havre / France) are at the wheel of a 350 hp i30 N Performance. A third VIP vehicle used by Team Engstler is being piloted by prominent guest starters, but it does not score points and is therefore out of the competition. In addition, there are two Hyundai of the team HP Racing International – so there are a total of five i30 N TCR in the 2019 season represented.
The "N-Thusiasten", as the owners of these vehicles are called, get their money's worth. Of course, the TCR racing cars are modified, but in the series vehicles comes with at least 275 hp also racing feeling. "We transport the N from the series to the racetrack," says Andreas Klinge and swears: "There is an incredible driving performance for the retailer to buy – and at an attractive price."
The entry into the world of the "N-Thusiasten" succeeds in the Hyundai dealer for just over 32,000 euros. By comparison, the use of a customer car in the ADAC TCR Germany costs about 180,000 euros for one season, according to Andreas Klinge.
The i30 N TCR is definitely sporty successful. At the end of the season in 2018, after four races with eight races, three victories, a second and a third place for the Hyundai Team Engstler were recorded. The 19-year-old Luca Engstler even scored a double victory at the Sachsenring. "We can not have done so much wrong," says Andreas Klinge.
The start to the new season is promising, even if it does not end in the hoped-for victory. After the race weekend in Oschersleben, Max Hesse and Theo Coicaud are on the second and sixth place in the championship table. Thus, the Hyundai Team Engstler takes the top spot in the team ranking with 117 points. The first victories are secured by Mike Halder in the Honda Civic Type-R TCR and the Finn Antti Buri in the Audi RS 3 LMS SEQ.
The Hyundai conclusion from the start of the season in the Magdeburger Brde is consistently positive: "All five i30 N TCR showed a great performance and have proven that the Hyundai is one of the strongest vehicles in the field." And: In both races, the Hyundai Team Engstler started from pole position, which clearly speaks for the speed of the i30 N TCR. Now it only has to work with the first win of the season. The next opportunity will be the two races in Most in the Czech city of Most (18 and 19 May 2019).
Ralf Loweg / mid
The article "Hyundai i30 N TCR: touring car" was added to the category News by Ralf Loweg on 29.04.2019 Motorsport, Touring Car, Racing Car, Race Track, News, released.