GUEST rally star Thierry Neuville completed an impressive debut in circuit racing as he dominated the first TCR Germany race at the Nürburgring last Saturday.
After setting pole position in the morning, the Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT driver led for the whole distance and his supremacy was never questioned, not even when the race resumed after a safety car period.
With Neuville not eligible to score, his Team Engstler teammate Max Hesse settled in second position to take maximum championship points, the TCR website reported.
Neuville sprinted away at the start, but his run was thwarted by a safety period after a crash among five other cars. When the race restarted in lap 11, he pulled away again and was never headed until the end of the 19-lap event.
“I did a good job, only in the end did the tyres break down a bit and I had to make sure I finished well,” said Neuville, the 2017 Kennards Hire Rally Australia winner.
Neuville failed to make the podium in a wet second race on Sunday