Engstler Motorsport is aiming to produce a strong performance at Race of Spain this week, the third round of the 2021 WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup.
Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team heads to the 5.397km MotorLand Aragón seeking better fortunes than the previous round, Race of Portugal. The team finished on the podium in Race 2, but lost the lead of the teams’ standings after both its drivers were caught up in separate on-track incidents in Race 1. This prevented them from converting the pace of the Hyundai Elantra N TCR into points-scoring finishes, which Jean-Karl Vernay retiring and Luca Engstler suffering a puncture in Race 2 as a result of damage to his car. After a difficult weekend in Portugal, the team aims to utilise its previous experience of MotorLand Aragón to fully maximise the performance of the Hyundai Elantra N TCR. The circuit is a known entity to the team, having played host to the final two rounds of the 2020 WTCR season. In the six Races, Engstler claimed five points-scoring positions with the Hyundai i30 N TCR. Vernay also proved to be quick, claiming a victory and two further podium finishes. The team has been hard at work to ensure it is in charge of its own destiny in Aragon, focusing on clean races and maximising its points haul from the event in a bid to climb back up the teams’ standings, while maintaining Vernay’s position at the top of the drivers’ classification. Race of Spain will feature two free practice sessions on Saturday 10 July, followed by a three-phase qualifying. Both races take place on Sunday 11 July. Franz Engstler, Team Principal of Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team said: “It is important we bounce back and have a strong weekend in Spain to regain lost ground in the teams’ standings. We were able to ensure Jean-Karl remained in front in the drivers’ battle, but both our drivers deserved to have better results in Portugal. The Hyundai Elantra N TCR is capable of fighting at the front and winning races, but we need to ensure we survive the run down to the first corner to be in a position to do so. We had glimmers of hope at the Race of Portugal, but we want to be back to the level of performance we demonstrated in Germany.” Jean-Karl Vernay said: “I really like MotorLand Aragón. I have always been quite quick at this circuit, you need to be smooth and this suits my driving style. We know the compensation weight is coming and we will see what happens compared to the other brands. It will be a busy weekend for me as I will also be driving in PURE ETCR, so I will need to adapt quickly to the Hyundai Elantra N TCR between sessions in order to be competitive, but I am more than ready for the challenge.” Luca Engstler said: “Race of Spain will be a very important weekend for me. We lost a bit of ground in Portugal but I want to close the gap again in Aragón. We know we have a good car with the Hyundai Elantra N TCR, and our target is to be running at the front in qualifying and the races. I will work and prepare hard, working with the team at the Motorsport Institute, and focus on having a good weekend.” For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.