Liqui Moly Team Engstler’s Lorenzo Veglia will switch from racing a SEAT León to one of the team’s Volkswagen Golf cars in the TCR International Series finale in Macau, with Guillame Cunnington also joining the team.
Veglia has thus far contested all bar one event of the inaugural TCR season at the wheel of a SEAT car, with the exception of the event in Russia which he was forced to miss.
Swede Tomas Engström raced the car in the previous two events in Singapore and Thailand, with Pol Rossell also racing the car to victory on its début in Austria in July.
Engström had originally appeared on the Macau entry list along with Team Principal Franz Engstler, but the shake-up will now see Veglia partner Mikhail Grachev in the team’s Volkswagen machinery.
“It’s nice to switch to the Golf, though it is the same car as the León, but for the bodywork,” said Veglia. “This will be an advantage, because I will be able to focus on learning the track.
“I’m practising a lot on the simulator, but to actually drive in Macau will be a completely different matter. I believe it won’t be easy to catch up with the drivers who have already raced there.”
Meanwhile Frenchman Guillame Cunnington will join the team at the wheel of the SEAT vacated by Veglia, making his début in the TCR Series having previously raced in Formula Renault and Formula 3 cars in Asia.
“I’m very excited to race on the legendary Guia circuit and with such a prestigious team as Engstler Motorsport,” said Cunnington, who has no experience in front-wheel drive touring cars. “I have no experience with the track and the car, but I hope my experience in single seaters will help me adapt quickly to both and that I get a decent race pace to have fun.”
Elsewhere, Brit Josh Files has been added to the entry list for Campos Racing, replacing Team Manager Fernando Monje, whilst Target Competition’s Loris Hezemans is no longer marked as an entry, with the sixth SEAT now entered for Hong Kong racer Keith Chan.
Updated entry list