Sassenheim, 9 March 2018. Niels Langeveld has just one goal for his second TCR Germany season: to be the champion along with his team racing one GmbH. "This will be my tenth season in motorsport and until now I have managed to be champion in every series in which I have participated. Last season we had a difficult start as we were trying to find the right set-up for the Audi RS3 LMS but later we showed several times that we are able to win in this competitive series. We have learned a lot, have come very well integrated now and are aiming for nothing less than the 2018 title in TCR Germany this time", says a combative Niels Langeveld.
Ten years ago, Niels Langeveld made his motorsport debut in the Suzuki Swift Cup, a stepping-stone class for young racing talent. In his first season he raced to the rostrum four times and in 2010 the fast Dutchman became champion. His next step was the Dutch Renault Clio Cup, in which Langeveld managed to the title in his second season. In 2015, he followed up with the title in the Benelux Clio Cup while in 2016 Langeveld proved how he has grown as a racing driver by immediately winning the prestigious SEAT Leon Eurocup title as a rookie among highly experienced SEAT drivers.
In his first TCR Germany season Niels Langeveld initially experienced a few setbacks in the extremely large field of 44 TCR cars of varying makes but as soon as Langeveld along with his racing one team and coach/engineer Herman de Jager found a good set-up for the Audi RS3 LMS they took a fantastic first TCR victory for Audi. On his home circuit at Zandvoort, Langeveld also proved to be an unbeatable combination in his Racing One Audi.
In 2018, the FIA will enter the TCR and that is a huge boost for Langeveld. "The Balance of Performance, in which the cars are adjusted to each other, is becoming much more serious. This will more of less even out the performance of the TCR cars, which is I think an advantage for the Audi. We now expect to be able to fight for the title."
For the 2018 season Langeveld had to make a choice between participating in the ADAC TCR Germany or the TCR Europe Trophy. "TCR Europe is a new championship and I first want to see how that is developing. And I still have work to do in TCR Germany since until now I have taken the title in every championship in which I participated," says a smiling Langeveld.
Martin Kohlhaas is also excited for another season with Niels Langeveld behind the wheel of his Audi RS3 LMS. ''Additional to this Niels Langeveld in 2017 did a really great job and I am honestly proud about to work another year with this ambitious driver. Last year the team grown together and I had a great experience with Niels. This is a perfect basis for the further working relationship, so that for the upcoming ADAC TCR Germany season we have major plans and at least there should be a place on the Podium by the end of the Championship.''
Langeveld is particularly pleased that he will once again race for racing one next season while also working with his coach and engineer Herman de Jager again. "Besides that, I am very proud that thanks to my loyal sponsors, and also including some new ones now, I continue to be able to race at such a high level. As a bit of news, I will also be working for my team this season, acting as a team manager in the GT4 European Series with two Racing One Audi GT4s - a great new challenge in my racing career!"
Late-March, Niels Langeveld will be able to test the Audi RS3 LMS during three test days at the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben. There, the four-time champion and his team will optimally prepare themselves for the start of the season on that same German circuit with races on 14 and 15 April.