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It's going in quick succession in the ADAC TCR Germany: The popular touring car series is crowned with two consecutive races this year's champion. Antti Buri from Hyundai Team Engstler wants to underline his title ambitions at the Lausitzring this coming weekend (October 30th to November 1st).
team mate Nico Gruber wants to build on his strong performances at the season opener, which is also held on the circuit in Brandenburg. Laura Kraihamer will celebrate her premiere in the ADAC TCR Germany at the weekend as the only woman in the field. The Austrian GT racing driver drives the Hyundai i30 N TCR VIP car from the racing team from the Allgäu.
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After the Corona-related cancellation of the race in Zandvoort, the Netherlands, the ADAC TCR Germany will start at the Lausitzring for the second time this season. At the opening race, the Hyundai Team Engstler had shown a strong performance: Nico Gruber clinched a victory at his premiere in the championship, Antti Buri took a pole position and came third twice.Antti Buri fighting for the championship
This time the ADAC TCR Germany starts on a different track variant. This also consists of parts of the oval course and the infield, but at 4.570 kilometers it is around one kilometer longer than the opening variant.
Antti Buri travels to Lusatia as third in the table and is in the middle of the fight for the title of the hard-fought touring car series. The Finn last clinched his second win of the season at the Red Bull Ring and is only 17 points behind the leaders. A total of 106 championship counters are still available.
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team-mate Nico Gruber is returning to ADAC TCR Germany after his debut in the FIA World Touring Car Cup WTCR. "The anticipation for the weekend is huge," said the 19-year-old. "My first weekend in the ADAC TCR Germany at the Lausitzring was sensational, so of course I am very happy to come back there. However, the cards will be reshuffled."Laura Kraihamer in the VIP car from Hyundai
"On the one hand, we're driving on a longer route that is faster and offers more overtaking opportunities. On the other hand, it could rain at the weekend. I still have a good feeling and would like to be at the front again. I learned a lot in the WTCR and can take a lot with me, from which I will benefit in the ADAC TCR Germany ", the Austrian continued.
Guest starter Laura Kraihamer is also from Austria. The 29-year-old drives the VIP car of the Hyundai Team Engstler at the Lausitzring and is the only woman in the starting field of the ADAC TCR Germany. The Salzburg native drove kart races from 12 to 16 years of age, but then took a break for financial reasons. At the age of 22 she got into motor racing. There she has made a name for herself in GT racing in recent years. In 2019 she was the first woman to win in the ADAC GT4 Germany.
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"I'm really looking forward to my debut in ADAC TCR Germany," says Kraihamer. "When the request came, I accepted immediately. The Hyundai i30 N TCR is new to me and I haven't driven the track variant for a long time either. The team of Hyundai Team Engstler has an incredible amount of experience and will give me advice and action I always enjoy watching the TCR races. The guys there can all drive and it's really getting down to business. My goal is to improve myself over the weekend and have fun. "Difficult conditions awaited
"The expected low temperatures will make it difficult for everyone to get the tires working. Such conditions are unusual. But we have a lot of experience and will respond with set-up adjustments. We hope that Antti am Weekend can repeat his very good performance from the Red Bull Ring ", says Kurt Treml, Sports and Marketing Director of the Hyundai Team Engstler.
"He still has the best chances in the fight for the title. Nico already impressed at the season opener at the Lausitzring. He is returning to the ADAC TCR Germany highly motivated after his start in the WTCR. He is a bit in the junior classification due to the missed race weekend back but we hope he can make up some points. "
"We are very happy that Laura will start in the VIP car at the weekend. We have a close and good relationship with the family. Her brother Dominik started for us nine years ago at the 24 Hours of Dubai. So we are very happy to have to welcome Laura with us now, "continued Treml.
A comprehensive hygiene and infection protection concept was drawn up for the weekend. Spectators are not allowed at the Lausitzring.
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