Luca Engstler heads Hyundai 1-2-3 in first qualifying of 2019

Luca Engstler heads Hyundai 1-2-3 in first qualifying of 2019

Luca Engstler
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Luca Engstler headed a Hyundai 1-2-3 in the first qualifying session of the season for the TCR Asia series at Sepang, with Liqui Moly Team Engstler team-mate Theo Coicaud in second ahead of Solite Indigo Racing’s Pepe Oriola in third.

Engstler put in a lap of 2 minute 15.727 seconds to go three tenths faster than his team-mate, whilst Spaniard Oriola, who is making his TCR Asia début this weekend, was third and the only other driver to be within a second of the pace.

Ecuadorian racer Diego Moran was fourth fastest as the leading Volkswagen driver, ahead of TCR Thailand regular Jakraphan Davee in fifth in his Alphafactory Racing CUPRA.

Alex Hui, in a Teamwork Motorsport Audi, was sixth, with the gap from fourth to sixth being just under three tenths of a second.

The second Solite Indigo Racing Hyundai of South Korean racer Kim Jin Soo was seventh, ahead of young Malaysian rookie Adam Khalid in eighth.

Eurasia Motorsport’s Daniel Miranda and Volkswagen Team Oettinger’s Roland Hertner completed the top ten in their Hyundai and Volkswagen respectively.

The first race of the season is scheduled to get underway at 15:20 local time (08:20 BST, 09:20 CEST).

Q2 results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 1 Luca ENGSTLER Liqui Moly Team Engstler Hyundai i30 N TCR 4 2:15.727 0.000
2 27 Theo COICAUD Liqui Moly Team Engstler Hyundai i30 N TCR 5 2:16.111 0.384
3 74 Pepe ORIOLA Solite Indigo Racing Hyundai i30 N TCR 4 2:16.709 0.982
4 23 Diego MORAN Volkswagen Team Oettinger Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 4 2:16.729 1.002
5 33 Jakraphan DAVEE AlphaFactory Racing Team by Pulzar CUPRA TCR 4 2:16.919 1.192
6 11 Alex HUI Ka Tai Teamwork Motorsport Audi RS3 LMS TCR 5 2:17.019 1.292
7 97 KIM Jin Soo Solite Indigo Racing Hyundai i30 N TCR 4 2:17.632 1.905
8 4 Adam KHALID Volkswagen Team Oettinger Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 5 2:17.633 1.906
9 20 Daniel MIRANDA Eurasia Motorsport Hyundai i30 N TCR 2 2:18.151 2.424
10 3 Roland HERTNER Volkswagen Team Oettinger Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 4 2:18.715 2.988
11 65 Douglas KHOO Kok Hui Viper Niza Racing CUPRA TCR 4 2:19.377 3.650
12 7 Michael CHOI Koon Ming Prince Racing Honda Civic Type-R FK7 TCR 4 2:19.402 3.675

Q1 results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 1 Luca ENGSTLER Liqui Moly Team Engstler Hyundai i30 N TCR 6 2:16.179 0.000
2 27 Theo COICAUD Liqui Moly Team Engstler Hyundai i30 N TCR 6 2:16.769 0.590
3 23 Diego MORAN Volkswagen Team Oettinger Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 6 2:16.840 0.661
4 11 Alex HUI Ka Tai Teamwork Motorsport Audi RS3 LMS TCR 5 2:16.956 0.777
5 20 Daniel MIRANDA Eurasia Motorsport Hyundai i30 N TCR 6 2:17.343 1.164
6 74 Pepe ORIOLA Solite Indigo Racing Hyundai i30 N TCR 6 2:17.881 1.702
7 97 KIM Jin Soo Solite Indigo Racing Hyundai i30 N TCR 7 2:17.896 1.717
8 4 Adam KHALID Volkswagen Team Oettinger Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 7 2:17.941 1.762
9 33 Jakraphan DAVEE AlphaFactory Racing Team by Pulzar CUPRA TCR 8 2:17.974 1.795
10 3 Roland HERTNER Volkswagen Team Oettinger Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 5 2:18.394 2.215
11 65 Douglas KHOO Kok Hui Viper Niza Racing CUPRA TCR 8 2:19.147 2.968
12 7 Michael CHOI Koon Ming Prince Racing Honda Civic Type-R FK7 TCR 6 2:19.710 3.531
13 36 David LAU Teamwork Motorsport Audi RS3 LMS TCR 7 2:20.869 4.690
14 30 GAO Hua Yang Eurasia Motorsport Hyundai i30 N TCR 8 2:20.918 4.739
15 2 Kenneth LAU Prince Racing Honda Civic Type-R FK7 TCR 7 2:21.214 5.035