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TCR class win! Strong start for mathilda racing at the Nürburgring

TCR class win! Strong start for mathilda racing at the Nürburgring

28.06.2020: Even though the broad grin under the mouthguard was hardly visible, mathilda racing had every reason to be happy last Saturday. At the first round of the Nürburgring Endurance Series season, the 51st Adenauer ADAC Rundstrecken-Trophy, the Cologne racing t

Even though the broad grin under the mouthguard was hardly visible, mathilda racing had every reason to be happy last Saturday. At the first round of the Nürburgring Endurance Series season, the 51st Adenauer ADAC Rundstrecken-Trophy, the Cologne racing team celebrated a dominant victory in the pro category of the TCR class with the Cupra TCR and drivers Heiko Hammel and Matthias Wasel.



In addition, team boss Michael Paatz and youngster Timo Hochwind in the Volkswagen Scirocco R clinched a very good second place in the VT2 class, which is the most competitive and thus the most fiercely contested class with 19 contenders.


As early as in the morning qualifying both the drivers and the team proved that they didn't forget anything during the corona-related compulsory break. While the Scirocco clinched third place on the grid in the VT2 class, Heiko Hammel and Matthias Wasel narrowly missed the pole position in the TCR class.



With the Cupra TCR, the duo was merely 0.046 seconds slower than their factory-based rivals, who benefited from the experience of former Formula 1 driver Tiago Monteiro, among others. "Tiny things decide the best starting position here", knows mathilda team boss Michael Paatz. "If a slow car is in the way somewhere on the Nordschleife, then pole position is lost."



But the Cologne racing team did not want to be discouraged by this. Already in the first corner of the start lap Heiko Hammel took the lead in the pro category of the TCR class. Hammel and his team mate Matthias Wasel also dominated the race. After four hours the duo not only celebrated victory but also the fastest race lap. In the overall ranking of the race, mathilda racing occupied 31st position and thus also provided the best front-wheel drive vehicle.



Team boss Michael Paatz is satisfied: "That was a strong performance against the factory competition from Honda! After winning the TCR class in the last three years, we naturally want to triumph this season as well. This was the first step towards defending our title and has shown that we are still the measure of all things in the TCR class at the Nürburgring.



The Volkswagen Scirocco R also proved to be convincing at the season opener of the Nürburgring Endurance Series. In addition to team boss Michael Paatz, youngster Timo Hochwind also turned the wheel of the production-based race car. The duo had to fight off 18 rivals in the VT2 class and experienced a problem-free and flawless race.



In the end, the duo narrowly missed class victory, but second place was a source of great joy. Due to the high number of starters Paatz and Hochwind now occupy 19th position in the NLS overall standings. Michael Paatz: "That makes you want more!




Already in two weeks the popular sports series from the Eifel will be back. On 11th and 12th July two races are on the program. Team boss Paatz is optimistic: "It will be a great challenge, but we are happy to master it. And we hope that we can continue the successful start!"





- mathilda racing, translated deepl   photos Hardy Elis/Björn Schüller


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28.06.2020 / MaP

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