Luca Engstler secures TCR Asia title after race two win

Luca Engstler secures TCR Asia title after race two win

Luca Engstler
Photo: TCR Asia

Luca Engstler secured the TCR Asia title in Shanghai after claiming victory in the second race in China, leading home a Liqui Moly Team Engstler 1-2-3.

From ninth on the reverse grid, Engstler was into the lead by the third corner and never looked back to take a dominant win and double up at the Shanghai International Circuit.

His team-mates Mitchell Cheah and Diego Moran also scythed through the pack and completed the podium, with the duo initially scrapping over second before the battle was decided in Cheah’s favour.

The title is 18-year-old Engstler’s second of the season, after he earlier claimed the TCR Middle East title at the start of the year, and just two weeks after he finished as the runner-up in the TCR Germany series.

TCR China’s Alex Hui finished in fourth in his Teamwork Motorsport Volkswagen, ahead of TCR Asia’s Kelvin Wong in fifth.

A trio of TCR China racers followed, with Macanese racer Eurico De Jesus bringing his Honda home in sixth ahead of the Audi of Ryan Wong and the Honda of De Jesus’ team-mate, Kin Kong.

Viper Niza Racing’s Douglas Khoo and Hexin Racing’s Chen Zhen completed the top ten, the former having fallen to the back with a spin at the second corner on the second lap of the race.

Race result

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 108 Luca ENGSTLER Liqui Moly Team Engstler Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 10 10 LAPS 2:17.039 9
2 29 Mitchell CHEAH Min Jie Liqui Moly Team Engstler Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 10 2.085 2:18.241 10
3 32 Diego MORAN Liqui Moly Team Engstler Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 10 9.201 2:19.106 8
4 11 Alex HUI Ka Tai Teamwork BrandNew Racing Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 10 19.979 2:19.194 7
5 33 Kelvin WONG Kiang Kuan Elegant Racing Team SEAT León TCR SEQ V2 10 33.248 2:20.634 6
6 88 Eurico DE JESUS MacPro Racing Honda Civic Type R FK7 TCR 10 40.383 2:21.339 5
7 28 Ryan WONG TA Motorsport Audi RS3 LMS TCR 10 42.784 2:21.626 4
8 8 Kin KONG MacPro Racing Honda Civic Type R FK7 TCR 10 54.843 2:22.822 11
9 65 Douglas KHOO Kok Hui Viper Niza Racing SEAT León TCR SEQ V3 10 56.474 2:21.962 3
10 60 CHEN Zhen Hexin Racing Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 10 1:09.724 2:22.861 12
11 68 XUE Li Liqui Moly HE Racing Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 10 1:11.225 2:24.069 1
12 22 Ivan SZETO Wing Shun Maximum Racing Honda Civic TCR 2016 10 2:01.208 2:22.797 2
13 6 Wai LAM Son Veng Racing Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 10 2:15.194 2:30.287 13
R 3 Alex LIU Lic Ka Elegant Racing Team SEAT León TCR SEQ V2 2 DNF 2:42.319 14