Engstler Motorsport has high hopes as it begins the 2021 WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup season, which will open with the Race of Germany this week (June 3-5).
The first round of the season will take place at the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife, the longest circuit on the WTCR calendar at 25.378km in length. The gruelling track can be punishing on competitors, demanding full focus and commitment from drivers and teams.As well as getting to grips with the infamous ‘Green Hell’, Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team will be competing with the Hyundai Elantra N TCR for the first time at WTCR Race of Germany. Its drivers, Luca Engstler and Jean-Karl Vernay, have been deeply involved with the development of the car and have tested extensively at circuits around Europe to prepare for a competitive season at the pinnacle of touring car racing.Both drivers have racing experience at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, with Vernay claiming three points-scoring finishes at the 2019 edition of Race of Germany. The 2021 event will mark Engstler’s first WTCR race at the circuit, however the German has previously competed in the 2019 and 2020 Nürburgring 24 Hours.The team’s home event begins with two free practice sessions on Thursday 3 June. Friday 4 June will feature the qualifying session for both 3-lap Races on Saturday 5 June. Franz Engstler, Team Principal of Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team said: “We are looking forward to starting our second season in WTCR. It is fantastic we will be on home soil for the first event of the year; racing at the Nürburgring is always a huge challenge, and it will also be our first event racing with the Hyundai Elantra N TCR. The entire team will have to be fully focused to ensure we have the best weekend possible, but we are confident that our preparations will pay off in Germany.”Luca Engstler said: “I’m really happy that we are finally about to start the season – I am completely fed up with training sessions and sim racing! I’m looking forward to getting back to WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup and after all our preparations, I’m curious to see where we are. I’ve had a good start to the year in TCR Germany so I will try to take that momentum to the Nürburgring. I don’t think I could have done more over the winter to get ready for the season, and I will give it my all at Race of Germany.”Jean-Karl Vernay said: “I’m extremely motivated for my first race with Engstler Motorsport and the Hyundai Elantra N TCR in WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup. I can’t wait for Race of Germany. The winter has been pretty long and we want to see where we are compared to our competitors. I have done some mileage on the Nürburgring and I feel ready to start the season. I think we are going to be competitive and we have done everything we could over the break to be prepared. We are ready for a big fight and we have high expectations for this season.”For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.