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Antti Buri wins final Oschersleben race after a demon start

LMS Racing driver Antti Buri won the final TCR Germany series race of the weekend at Oschersleben after a demon start from third on the grid to the lead into Turn 1.

Pole sitter Guido Naumann of Team Engstler bogged down at the start, as did Honda driver Michelle Halder who started second.

The race was interrupted by a safety car early as Volkswagen driver Maurits Sandberg spun off track and got stuck in the gravel.

As the race resumed, Team Honda ADAC Sachsen driver Mike Halder was a man on the move, making his way back up to second place quickly from eighth on the grid and started to chase down Buri in the lead.

Mike Halder caught up with Buri with five minutes left of the race but was unable to get past, finishing second, just seven tenths behind.

HP Racing International driver Harald Proczyk was best of the Hyundai drivers in third, a finishing position that is under investigation by the stewards following an incident with fellow Hyundai driver Theo Coicaud in the closing stages of the race.

Coicaud was defending third place as Proczyk pushed him off line in the final sequence of corners, with Coicaud dropping down to finish sixth.

Team Engstler driver Max Hesse took benefit of the incident, getting past Coicaud to finish fourth.

Bradley Burns finished fifth for Team Pyro Motorsport, driving a Honda Civic TCR, ahead of Coicaud in sixth and HP Racing International driver Lukas Niedertscheider rounding off the top seven.

Mike Halder heads the championship table on 79 points, ten points ahead of three drivers sharing second place in the form of Proczyk, Buri and Hesse.

The next race of the season takes place at Most in the Czech Republic on May 18-19th.