WTCR tip for the top: #1 Luca Engstler
Of the 29 drivers who raced in the 2020 WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup, 13 were 25 or under. Among them was a 20-year-old German talent, Luca Engstler, this week’s FIAWTCR.com tip for the top.
Racing is in the genes: Engstler is the son of FIA World Touring Car Championship race winner Franz Engstler, who also heads Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team, which Engstler Jr drove for during WTCR 2020 when he finished second in the Rookie standings.
From the football pitch to infinity: The German youngster carried the #8 on his Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team Hyundai i30 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.”
Fastest in 15: As well as myriad TCR titles, Engstler completed 2019 with 15 race wins in the various TCR championships around the world.
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 the first lockdown living with his parents in Wiggensbach, Bavaria, training hard and preparing his own meals to ensure a healthy diet.
|WTCR 2020 record|
|WTCR starts||14||Q1 appearances||5|
|WTCR wins||0||Q2 appearances||1|
|WTCR poles||0||Q3 appearances||0|
|WTCR fastest laps||0||Best qualifying result||9|
|WTCR laps led||0||Best race result||8|