Engstler Motorsport bids farewell to a difficult 2020 WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup season, which came to a close with Race of Aragón this weekend (November 14-15).
Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team had hoped to return to MotorLand Aragón and continue its step forward from Race of Spain. Alas, in Saturday’s qualifying session, both its Hyundai i30 N TCR cars struggled on-track and were unable to progress into the second phase. This meant they would start at the back of the grid for Sunday’s races.
Despite this, Luca Engstler was able to gain positions in all three races to claim points scoring finishes. Race 2 marked his best result of the weekend, where the German started in 15th and finished in 11th. In the final race, Engstler was running in the top ten when he was hit by a competitor, which subsequently dropped him down the order to 14th.
While Engstler could rely on his experience of the track from the previous round, his teammate Mitchell Cheah did not enjoy the same advantage. Though the Malaysian started each race from the final row on the grid, he got stuck into the action and went wheel-to-wheel with experienced competitors, bringing home points with 13th place in Race 2.
Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team ends the year eighth in the standings. Though its first season in WTCR yielded a maiden victory with Nicky Catsburg at Race of Slovakia, the team has not achieved its ultimate goals.
Franz Engstler, Team Principal of Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team said: “Our first WTCR season did not go as we expected or hoped. Though we were delighted to take our first win with the Hyundai i30 N TCR in Slovakia, we have really struggled in the second half of the season. There is a lot of hard work to be done, and we are determined to come back fighting and showcase the best of Engstler Motorsport. We would like to thank Hyundai Motorsport for entrusting us with their car in our first year at the pinnacle of touring car racing, and also to our sponsor Liqui Moly for their tremendous support in what has been an incredibly difficult year for everyone.”
Luca Engstler said: “Race of Aragón was another difficult weekend for us. The positives news is that I was able to score points in the races and I just wanted to bring the car home in one piece, but for sure we wanted to be fighting further up the grid. I’d like to thank the team for their hard work and Hyundai Motorsport for the giving me the chance to compete in my first season of WTCR.”
Mitchell Cheah said: “It’s been really overwhelming to be here in WTCR. I’ve had ups and downs this weekend but I really enjoyed it. I’m grateful to the team and Hyundai Motorsport to have had the opportunity to race against these world class drivers. I hope I’m back in the future at the wheel of a Hyundai.”
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