Attila Tassi had hoped for more from his WTCR home race.
The race weekend in Hungary did not go according to plan for the LIQUI MOLY Team Engstler and its two drivers Tiago Monteiro and Attila Tassi. The maximum compensation weight being carried by the Honda Civic Type R TCR, at a track what is traditionally a stronghold for the car, hampered our drivers right from the start.In qualifying, Tassi was 14th and Monteiro was 17th. Not a good starting point for the two Engstler drivers for the two races on Sunday.Tassi was able to defend his starting position and twice crossed the finish line in 14th place at his home race. Monteiro was bottom of the points spot in race 2, just behind his teammate, having finished in 16th in race 1.
Attila Tassi, LIQUI MOLY Team Engstler
"We have a margin to improve, I think that’s what we learned from today. It’s not the result we wanted after yesterday’s struggles, but I think considering the opportunities we had today this was pretty much as good as it would get, as tough as that is to say. The races were really hard and our pace - all of the Honda Civic Type R TCR drivers - was slow compared to the other brands, so we can definitely feel this 40kg compensation weight over a race distance. At home I wanted to perform the best possible way, but I’m really happy, proud and humbled to see all the fans who came here across the weekend. I’m just disappointed I was not able to give them the result I wanted."
Tiago Monteiro, LIQUI MOLY Team Engstler
"We came to the first conventional race track of the season, where knowledge of the tyres and the car and understanding the balance is crucial, and now we’re feeling the lack of testing that we had over the winter. I’m not surprised, but I also maybe wasn’t expecting as big a difference. But it also feels like there is a bit of a discrepancy in the way we are balanced as every other car can fly past whenever they want to. Pau and the Nordschleife maybe hid that a bit, but this is the reality. We cannot fight for wins. We will work, we continue to work, but we know it’s not just us that need to work. Hopefully we’ll be able to make some changes before Aragon."
Andreas Klinge, Teammanager LIQUI MOLY Team Engstler
"That was definitely not the result we wanted. Due to the current BoP and the maximum of compensation weight, it's difficult for us to get everything straight, especially in qualifying. But we learn every day and everyone works hard to improve. So I am sure that we will soon get the results that the team deserves."