2018 TCR Asia entry list published with 15 cars

2018 TCR Asia entry list published with 15 cars

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The first round of the 2018 TCR Asia Series will feature an entry of 15 cars, with the grid bolstered by five Thai entries in a cooperation with the TCR Thailand series.

R Engineering will return to the grid with a pair of 2017-spec Honda Civic Type-R cars for Malaysia’s Abdul Kaathir, who will be joined by a new team-mate in compatriot Akash Nandy.

Maximum Racing are a new entry to the series and will field a pair of 2016-spec Honda Civics for Hong Kong racers Lo Sze Ho and Ivan Szeto Wing Shun.

Elegant Racing Team are also returning to the grid in their SEAT León TCR V2 cars, with Alex Liu and Kelvin Wong already having been announced as drivers.

Undoubtedly the favourites for the title will be Liqui Moly Team Engstler, who will again field Volkswagen Golf GTi cars for Ecuado’s Diego Moran and young German Luca Engstler.

Five Thai entries are on the starter list for this weekend’s first race at Sepang, with Billionaire Boy Racing, Vattana Motorsport, TBN MK ihear Racing, Morin Racing Team and Alphafactory Racing all putting in a single car each.

The first race of the season takes place at 10:05 local time (03:05 BST, 04:05 CEST) on Sunday.

Provisional entry list

Driver No. Team Car
Akash Nandy 2 R Engineering Honda Civic TCR 2017
Alex Liu Lica Ka 3 Elegant Racing Team SEAT León TCR SEQ V2 (2016)
Luca Engstler 8 Liqui Moly Team Engstler Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR
Chariya Nuya 15 Billionaire Boy Racing (BBR) Honda Civic TCR 2017
Ivan Szeto Wing Shun 22 Maximum Racing Honda Civic TCR 2016
Abdul Kaathir Mohamed Mustaffa 23 R Engineering Honda Civic TCR 2017
Lo Sze Ho 28 Maximum Racing Honda Civic TCR 2016
Mitchell Cheah Min Jie 29 Liqui Moly Team Engstler Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR
Diego Moran 32 Liqui Moly Team Engstler Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR
Kelvin Wong Kiang Kuan 33 Elegant Racing Team SEAT León TCR SEQ V2 (2016)
Pattarapol Vongprai 59 Vattana Motorsport Honda Civic TCR 2017
Douglas Khoo Kok Hui 65 Viper Niza Racing SEAT León TCR SEQ V3
Nattachak Hanjitkasem 66 TBN MK ihear Racing Team Honda Civic TCR 2017
Nattanid Leewattanavaragul 96 Morin Racing Team by Sunoco SEAT León TCR DSG V3
Jakraphan Davee 133 Alphafactory Racing Team by Pulzar SEAT León TCR DSG V3