Tire damages in free practices and qualifying.
WTCR races 3 and 4 at the Nürburgring were cancelled.
Up until the actual day of the race, everything was going as originally planned for the LIQUI MOLY Team Engstler at the Nürburgring. Both the free practice sessions and the qualifying took place. Then, on the actual day of the race, the announcement: for "serious safety reasons" the stewards decided to cancel both races of the FIA WTCR at the Nürburgring. The FIA then informed about the reasons: “The decision was taken following consultation with representatives of the FIA Sporting and Technical departments and official tyre supplier Goodyear Racing.Goodyear Racing confirmed that it could not guarantee that the tyres provided for this event would perform as intended. Furthermore, Goodyear Racing confirmed that, at this stage, it was not able to provide conclusive reasons for the tyre issues that have occurred during earlier track activity, until an exhaustive process of data analysis has taken place. This process is ongoing.As safety remains of paramount importance, the Stewards took the decision to stop the meeting through the issuing of Decision No2. However, the points awarded following Qualifying will not be discounted. A decision on whether the two races will be rescheduled as part of another event later in the season will be taken in due course.” A statement from Goodyear Racing reads: “During qualifying and free practice sessions for the FIA WTCR Race of Germany on the Nürburgring Nordschleife, a number of teams reported tyre damage.Tyres from a number of different production batches were used throughout the various sessions. There was no difference in the performance or durability between the batches.Following tyre conditions experienced during the various sessions this week, we have conducted a preliminary traceability review of production batches reported. The analysis to date, together with the inspection of returned tyres, has not identified any manufacturing issues with the specification.Further analysis of reported conditions in collaboration with the teams is needed before we can recommend further use of this specification in the current FIA WTCR race format. We will be collecting all tires for further analysis.Safety is our first consideration, and we understand the importance of giving drivers the confidence they need to perform on a circuit with the specific requirements of the Nürburgring Nordschleife.We are committed to conduct a full comprehensive technical analysis of the product as well as the tire usage based on the race conditions in view of the future FIA WTCR race events of the season.” Franz Engstler, team owner LIQUI MOLY Team Engstler:“Of course, the decision hit us all hard. We really focused on the races on the Nürburgring, especially because we were able to celebrate a double victory here last year. It's also our home race on the WTCR calendar and the track is quite special. There is also a lot of work behind every race weekend in every aspect what a cancellation on site means for everyone involved must not be forgotten. Nevertheless, safety is of course the top priority and that is why it had to be a decision is made - that is out of the question." Tiago Monteiro, LIQUI MOLY Team Engstler:“Definitely not a good weekend. Sorry to all the fans that came out to see us. Racing being cancelled is rare and a last resort, but safety needs to come first. We came to the Nordeschleife to race, and we leave with a bitter taste but we’ll come back stronger as now it’s time to focus in contributing to solve these tire issues and come back strong on the next race. Thank you to all the fans, sponsors, partners, Honda and Liqui Moly Team Engstler for the support.”