Engstler Motorsport has confirmed its car numbers as the team gears up for its first season in WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup.
Competing as Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team, the team will enter the 2020 WTCR season with Nicky Catsburg and Luca Engstler at the helm of two Hyundai i30 N TCR cars.
Catsburg will race for a second season in WTCR with the #88. His logo features the prominent colours of his helmet – blue, white and red – which also pay homage to the Dutch flag. In his first season competing with the number #88, Catsburg powered to three WTCR pole positions and finished 13th overall in the drivers’ standings.
For his first full season of WTCR, Engstler has chosen to compete with the #8. His design incorporates his race number into an animated pool ball, illustrated with the black, red and gold of the German flag. In his two appearances in WTCR in 2019, Engstler scored two top-ten finishes as a wildcard in Race of Slovakia, followed by a points-scoring finish in Race of Macau.
Team Principal Franz Engstler said: “Our preparations for our first season in WTCR continue at pace, and we’re pleased to confirm the numbers our cars will run with this year. We’re aiming to hit the ground running from the start of the first on-track session, and ensure the Hyundai i30 N TCR continues to challenge at the top of the timesheets and the front of the grid in 2020.”
Nicky Catsburg said: “My race number holds a lot of significance for me, despite not having competed with it before last year. I married my wife on the eighth of August, so to race with #88 gives me a connection to my family when I’m on the circuit. Of course, it means I have no excuses for forgetting my wedding anniversary! I hope that #88 will bring me success and happiness in 2020.”
Luca Engstler said: “The #8 has been part of my life since I began playing sport – first playing football, then when I moved into karting, Formula 4 and TCR series. Originally I chose #8 because of my birthday, March 8, and I’ve never changed it. When you turn it on its side, it becomes infinity, which is appropriate as I would like to keep it for the rest of my racing career!”
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