WTCR tip for the top: #1 Luca Engstler

2021-01-08T16:10:20+01:00January 10th, 2021|2021|

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
WTCR 2020

Round-by-round

Q1/Q3

Result

R1

Grid

R1

Result

R2
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R2
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R3

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R3 Result Points Position
Belgium 14 14 12 13 10 N/A N/A 10 13
Germany DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS N/A N/A 10 16
Slovakia 19/- 19 DNF 19 10 17 9 23 17
Hungary 12/- 11 8 12 DNF 22 16 32 17
Spain 9/- 8 8 2 9 9 DNF 47 17
Aragón 15/- 18 13 15 11 15 14 59 16

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