Attila Tassi and Tiago Monteiro claimed some championship points with the help of their LIQUI MOLY Team Engstler crew.
Attila Tassi and Tiago Monteiro recorded points finishes in each race despite encountering tyre problems on both occasions.
The efforts of LIQUI MOLY Team Engstler were such in Race One that Attila, who needed a pitstop to change tyres, was able to recover to fifth as he put together another weekend that demonstrated the team’s potential with the Civic Type R TCR.
He had made an excellent overtake on the first lap of Race Two to run second, and thereafter applied pressure to the race leader, but dropped out of the fight when he was forced to pit to have a tyre changed. That meant he was eighth at the finish.
Tiago, who celebrated his birthday on Sunday, had been a nailed on top-10 runner a day earlier until qualifying, and despite starting down the order showed his potential in both races.
He ran eighth, in the same pack as Esteban and Nestor, in Race Two but pitted with five laps to go and was limited to 11th.
That was a repeat of his result in Race One, in which he was forced to pit after eight laps.
Attila Tassi, LIQUI MOLY Team Engstler
"I tried to take care of the tyres in Race One because we experienced some delaminations on Saturday. We knew it would be hard to survive, and unfortunately we did not. Even so, the team did an amazing job to make such a fast change and we leapfrogged some of the other cars who had problems, which meant we were best of those who experienced issues. In Race Two I made an overtake that I was really happy with to move up to second. I took so much care - I stayed off the kerbs and didn’t accelerate as I had before - but again the tyre delaminated, despite also changing the set-up to be as safe as possible. I really wanted to give the team a podium again, but I can be happy knowing I did my best."
Tiago Monteiro, LIQUI MOLY Team Engstler
"It was another frustrating day to end a frustrating weekend. It was similar to the Nordschleife weekend in a way with the tyres issues we had, but we decided to continue and race - to at least understand and find a cure for the problems. The supplier is trying hard to find a solution and we want to help them, but it’s nevertheless frustrating to have issues in both races when you put so much effort in. Points have been lost and wasted. I don’t think we’ll see the same issues at the remaining races because of the way the tracks are, but we need to stick together and work on a solution for the future. Hopefully at Anneau du Rhin, things start to go our way a little bit more, because so far it’s been a tough season."