Luca Engstler claims second straight pole in Thailand

Luca Engstler claims second straight pole in Thailand

Luca Engstler
Photo: TCR Asia

Luca Engstler claimed his second consecutive pole position in the TCR Asia series, putting his Volkswagen golf on pole in Buriram ahead of Engstler Motorsport team-mates Diego Moran and Mitchell Cheah.

Engstler’s time was more than four tenths faster than Ecuadorian team-mate Moran, whilst Malaysia’s Cheah, who had been fastest in the Q1 session, ending up third, just over half a second adrift.

The German claims an additional five championship points for pole, moving him to level with series leader Cheah ahead of the weekend’s two races on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

Elegant Racing’s Alex Liu Lic Ka was fourth fastest in his SEAT, ahead of the leading TCR Thailand entry of Jakraphan Davee in fifth, with both drivers more than a second off Engstler’s pace.

Chariya Nuya was the second-quickest TCR Thailand driver in sixth in his BBR Honda Civic, ahead of Vattana Motorsport’s Honda driver Pattarapol Vongprai in seventh.

TCR asia regular Douglas Khoo was eighth, whilst completing the top ten were Elegant Racing’s Kelvin Wong and Maximum Racing’s newcomer, Hong Konger Clement Tong in their SEAT and Honda respectively.

The reverse grid format will give Tong pole position for the second race on Sunday, in only his second TCR Asia race.

Race one takes place at 14:00 local time (08:00 BST) on Saturday, with race two at 15:05 local time (09:05 BST) on Sunday.

Q2 results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 8 Luca ENGSTLER Liqui Moly Team Engstler Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 4 1:43.401 0.000
2 32 Diego MORAN Liqui Moly Team Engstler Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 6 1:43.885 0.484
3 29 Mitchell CHEAH Min Jie Liqui Moly Team Engstler Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 4 1:43.903 0.502
4 3 Alex LIU Lic Ka Elegant Racing Team SEAT León TCR SEQ V2 6 1:44.563 1.162
5 133 Jakraphan DAVEE Alphafactory Racing Team by Pulzar SEAT León TCR DSG V3 6 1:44.648 1.247
6 15 Chariya NUYA Billionaire Boy Racing (BBR) Honda Civic TCR 2017 5 1:44.772 1.371
7 59 Pattarapol VONGPRAI Vattana Motorsport Honda Civic TCR 2017 6 1:44.806 1.405
8 65 Douglas KHOO Kok Hui Viper Niza Racing SEAT León TCR SEQ V3 6 1:44.882 1.481
9 33 Kelvin WONG Kiang Kuan Elegant Racing Team SEAT León TCR SEQ V2 6 1:45.079 1.678
10 5 Clement TONG Yat Him Maximum Racing Honda Civic TCR 2017 6 1:46.188 2.787
11 96 Nattanid LEEWATTANAVARAGUL Morin Racing Team by Sunoco SEAT León TCR DSG V3 5 1:48.210 4.809
12 28 LO Sze Ho Maximum Racing Honda Civic TCR 2016 2 No time N/A

Q1 results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 29 Mitchell CHEAH Min Jie Liqui Moly Team Engstler Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 8 1:44.043 0.000
2 32 Diego MORAN Liqui Moly Team Engstler Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 8 1:44.204 0.161
3 8 Luca ENGSTLER Liqui Moly Team Engstler Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 6 1:44.269 0.226
4 133 Jakraphan DAVEE Alphafactory Racing Team by Pulzar SEAT León TCR DSG V3 11 1:44.714 0.671
5 96 Nattanid LEEWATTANAVARAGUL Morin Racing Team by Sunoco SEAT León TCR DSG V3 6 1:44.916 0.873
6 15 Chariya NUYA Billionaire Boy Racing (BBR) Honda Civic TCR 2017 4 1:45.066 1.023
7 59 Pattarapol VONGPRAI Vattana Motorsport Honda Civic TCR 2017 6 1:45.269 1.226
8 65 Douglas KHOO Kok Hui Viper Niza Racing SEAT León TCR SEQ V3 10 1:45.543 1.500
9 28 LO Sze Ho Maximum Racing Honda Civic TCR 2016 9 1:45.647 1.604
10 3 Alex LIU Lic Ka Elegant Racing Team SEAT León TCR SEQ V2 11 1:45.649 1.606
11 33 Kelvin WONG Kiang Kuan Elegant Racing Team SEAT León TCR SEQ V2 10 1:45.858 1.815
12 5 Clement TONG Yat Him Maximum Racing Honda Civic TCR 2017 6 1:46.102 2.059
13 66 Nattachak HANJITKASEM TBN MK ihear Racing Team Honda Civic TCR 2017 6 1:46.286 2.243