Engstler Motorsport departs the Race of Hungary, the fourth round of the 2021 WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup season, fully focused on bouncing back from a disappointing weekend.
The overall results of the Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team at the Hungaroring were determined in qualifying on Saturday, when both cars were unable to progress into the second phase. This meant Luca Engstler and Jean-Karl Vernay started both races towards the back of the grid in 15th and 16th respectively.
Engstler demonstrated good pace in Race 1 to climb to 12th place in his Hyundai Elantra N TCR by the end of the first lap, scoring five points. A repeat performance in Race 2 saw him leap up the field to 12th once again. After he dropped a place, he then conceded his position to allow teammate Vernay ahead to support his fight in the drivers’ standings. The German crossed the finish line in 15th place.
Vernay was involved in thrilling on-track battles in Race 1, however contact with other cars affected the performance with his Hyundai Elantra N TCR and he could only manage 14th. The Frenchman was steadily climbing positions in the second race, and after being let through by Engstler he finished the race in 13th place.
Following its tough visit to the Race of Hungary, the team has lost ground in the standings and now lies fifth. Vernay has dropped to third in the drivers’ battle while Engstler is 16th.
Franz Engstler, Team Principal of Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team said: “It is hard for us to digest these results. We have to thank the mechanics who brilliantly repaired Jean-Karl’s car after his crash in testing last week, but it is a huge shame we could not have brought home a better result to honour their hard work. The Balance of Performance really affected us this weekend, with the compensation weight and engine power cuts preventing a better performance. We need to regroup in the break before the next race and understand how to change our approach to ensure we are fighting at the front in the remaining four races of the year.”
Jean-Karl Vernay said: “I am happy this weekend is over. We messed up our qualifying yesterday and that affected our results today. Finishing 13th and 14th wasn’t the results we were expecting. At least we are only 16 points behind the new leader in the drivers’ championship, but there aren’t any other positives from this weekend.”
Luca Engstler said: “It’s been another tough weekend. The best thing I could do was let Jean-Karl past in Race 2 to allow him to score more points for the championship, but overall it is looking quite bad for us. We have to adapt what we are doing and focus on our qualifying performances in the next races. If you start at the back of the field, you can have the best car but there is no chance to progress.”
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