Team WRT is on for another exciting race weekend: this time the focus will be on the TCR Europe, the continental series for TCR cars, which will be on stage at Hockenheim and where the Belgian squad fields two young guns on a two-brand entry: Santiago Urrutia drives an Audi RS 3 LMS and Max Potty is at the wheel of a Volkswagen Golf GTi. The Uruguayan and the Belgian showed excellent pace at the season-opener in Hungary, although they were barred from top results because of the intense fights on the wet track.

The second round of the season is held at Hockenheim, the historic track in Baden-Württemberg home of the German F.1 GP. Its current 4.574-km layout has kept all the features that make the uniqueness of the circuit, including the long straights in the woods and the impressive Motodrom. On this fast track, Team WRT’s boys will aim at bringing home their first podium positions, although the competition is extremely high. No less than 31 cars are entered, including some great stars of touring car racing, and basically all car brands having embraced the TCR customer racing concept are represented.

Elliot Hoffet: “This round is going to be very important, as we will have a much clearer idea of who stands where, after a first round in Hungary which was not very indicative because of the changing weather conditions. We had good pace there with both cars, but we’ll need to be extremely competitive if we want to be among the front-runners in such a crowded and well-attended series. The team has worked hard and is very determined to do well, but not all the factors are under our control.”

Santiago Urrutia: “I was happy in Hungary with my very debut with touring cars. Despite being thrown out of the track in Race 2 and despite being my first time on wet with a front-wheel drive, we proved competitive. Clearly, both the team and myself aim at much more. We now come to Hockenheim, a real top track that I like a lot, and the objective is to be consistently in the top-10, start bringing home heavy points for the championship and try to be on the podium.”

Maxime Potty: “Clearly, we want a change of fortune during this meeting at Hockenheim. I discovered the track during pre-season tests and I immediately felt good about it. I had a great deal of fun and set some good times. Although the weather will be much warmer than during testing, I hope to be able to perform well against my opponents. Our first objective this time is to be in the Top 12 after Q1! If that is the case, we can aim at big points in both TCR Europe and TCR Benelux.”

TCR Europe – Round 2
Hockenheimring, Germany, 24-26 May 2019

Timetable (All times = CET)

Friday 24 May 2019
11:10-11:40 Free Practice 1
16:40-17:10 Free Practice 2
Saturday 25 May 2019
10:05-10:40 Qualifying Race 1
14:40-15:05 Race 1
Sunday 26 May 2019
11:35-12:00 Race 2

Photo: TCR Europe

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