Engstler Motorsport prepares to tackle an all-new circuit this weekend (October 16-17) at the inaugural Race of France, the sixth round of the 2021 WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup season.
Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team claimed four points finishes last weekend at the Race of Czech Republic, the first of two back-to-back WTCR events. An incredible effort from the team’s mechanics saw them successfully change Luca Engstler’s engine in a short space of time between the two races, allowing him to battle his way up the field from the back of the grid to seventh place. His team-mate Jean-Karl Vernay also claimed important points with sixth place in Race 1, and was on course for another solid points haul before a drive-through penalty late in the race. The team is on a mission for podiums at the debut WTCR Race of France, which will take place at Circuit Pau-Arnos. The event marks the first time an FIA series has competed at the 3.030km circuit. As a new track for the entire grid, the key to success for teams and drivers will be to get up to speed as quickly as possible on Saturday to secure the best starting positions for Sunday. Two free practice sessions kick off the event on Saturday 16 October, followed by qualifying that evening. Sunday 17 October features a 18-lap Race 1 and a 21-lap Race 2. Franz Engstler, Team Principal of Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team said: “The benefit of having back-to-back WTCR events is we can continue our momentum from the previous round. The Hyundai Elantra N TCR is a proven winning package and we want to be fighting at the front in France. Circuit Pau-Arnos is a new track for everyone, and quite unlike any other circuit on the WTCR calendar. We believe we are overdue another visit to the podium, so we will all be channelling our energy into realising that goal this weekend.” Jean-Karl Vernay said: “I raced in the city of Pau 12 years ago but this will be my first time at the Circuit Pau-Arnos. It will be a very different experience; the track is like a rollercoaster and the key will be to understand the forecasts, as the weather there is really difficult. Pau is the city that rains the most in France, so we will need to adapt the car well to the conditions we will face! We have a clear idea of what we need to do in the championship, so we are focussed on fighting at the front with the Hyundai Elantra N TCR.” Luca Engstler said: “Last weekend I knew the circuit when others did not, but I can’t say the same for Circuit Pau-Arnos! This will be a bigger challenge for me and I hope to rely on my team-mate’s local knowledge and advice on how to be fast in France. We are expecting the weather to play a key role in Race of France, so it is important we anticipate the conditions correctly and focus on learning every inch of the track in free practice. We want to get back on the podium with the Hyundai Elantra N TCR, so we need to put everything together for a strong weekend. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.