Racing is in the genes: Engstler is the son of FIA World Touring Car Championship race winner Franz Engstler, who also heads up the Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team.
Fastest in 15: As well as myriad TCR titles, Engstler completed 2019 with 15 race wins in the various TCR championships around the world.
From the football pitch to infinity: The German youngster will carry the #8 on his Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team Hyundai Elantra N TCR and this is why: “Since I started to do any sport my number has always been #8. It began when I was playing football, and then when I moved into motorsport, racing in karting, Formula 4 and finally TCR series around the world. I originally chose it because my birthday is 8 March, but I never changed it, except for the times where I am the champion! Apart from then I would like to keep the #8 for the rest of my racing career, so it’s quite good that the number − on its side − represents infinity.”
Help was at hand: When MotoGP star Hafizh Syahrin made his WTCR debut in an Engstler Motorsport-run Hyundai at the Sepang International Circuit in December 2019, Luca Engstler was at hand as a driver coach.
Did you know? Engstler spent lockdown during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic living with his parents in Wiggensbach, Bavaria, training hard and preparing his own meals to ensure a healthy diet.
CAREER SO FAR:
2015: ADAC Formula 4
2016: ADAC Formula 4
2017: 1, TCR Germany Rookie of the Year; 3, TCR Middle East
2018: 1, TCR Middle East; 2; TCR Germany; 1, Dubai 24 Hours (TCR, TCE class)
2019: 9, TCR Europe; 1, TCR Asia; 6, TCR China; 1, TCR Malaysia
2020: 16, WTCR (Hyundai i30 N TCR); 3, WTCR Rookie Driver Award