Luca Engstler took victory in the second TCR Asia series race at the Shanghai International Circuit, after fighting past early race leader and fellow Hyundai driver Pepe Oriola at the mid-way point of the race.
At the start, Oriola moved his Solite Indigo Racing i30 N into the lead after fellow front row start Alex Liu made a poor start in his Audi, allowing the Spaniard a clear run to the first turn.
Oriola led ahead of Eurasia Motorsport’s Daniel Miranda, before Engstler moved from third to second at Turn 11 and set about closing down Oriola’s initial lead.
The German followed Oriola until lap seven, when Oriola made a slight mistake at the first corner and allowed Engstler to put his nose up the inside. He completed the move for the lead at Turn 2, and Oriola could not find a way back past.
The win was Engstler’s fourth of the season, giving the Liqui Moly Team Engstler driver an advantage of 27 points at the top of the standings over team-mate Diego Moran.
Oriola finished in second, whilst the final podium position went to Dongfeng Racing’s Daniel Lloyd, who had come up from ninth on the grid to third by the end of the first lap, having passed Miranda at the hairpin as the Philippines racer tried to re-pass Engstler ahead and instead opened the door to Lloyd’s Honda.
Moran brought his Hyundai home in fourth, the Ecuadorian driver having got past Miranda for the position on lap four after a robust move. Miranda finished in fifth.
Liqui Moly Team NewFaster’s Teryr Huang was sixth and second in the TCR China standings, after Lloyd claimed the victory in TCR China.
Teamwork Motorsport’s Alex Hui was seventh behind Huang’s fellow Audi, with the Hong Kong racer having been passed by the Chinese driver late in the race after initially getting a good start on the first lap.
Elegant Racing’s Kelvin Wong brought his CUPRA home in eighth, ahead of Volkswagen Team Oettinger’s Adam Khalid in ninth and Solite Indigo Racing’s Kim Jin Soo in tenth.
The next TCR Asia event takes place at the Zhejiang International Circuit on July 5 – 7.
|1||1||Luca ENGSTLER||Liqui Moly Team Engstler||Hyundai i30 N TCR||10||23:08.775||2:17.234||6|
|2||74||Pepe ORIOLA||Solite Indigo Racing||Hyundai i30 N TCR||10||1.371||2:17.934||2|
|3||77||Daniel LLOYD||Dongfeng Honda MacPro Racing Team||Honda Civic Type-R FK7 TCR||10||1.730||2:17.290||9|
|4||23||Diego MORAN||Liqui Moly Team Engstler||Hyundai i30 N TCR||10||5.214||2:17.532||8|
|5||20||Daniel MIRANDA||Eurasia Motorsport||Hyundai i30 N TCR||10||6.801||2:17.965||3|
|6||81||Terry HUANG Chu Han||Liqui Moly Team NewFaster||Audi RS3 LMS TCR||10||16.622||2:18.583||12|
|7||11||Alex HUI Ka Tai||Teamwork Motorsport||Audi RS3 LMS TCR||10||19.399||2:18.728||5|
|8||88||Kelvin WONG Kiang Kuan||Elegant Racing Team||CUPRA TCR||10||20.902||2:18.607||4|
|9||4||Adam KHALID||Volkswagen Team Oettinger||Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR||10||22.642||2:19.010||11|
|10||97||KIM Jin Soo||Solite Indigo Racing||Hyundai i30 N TCR||10||24.483||2:18.571||15|
|11||30||GAO Hua Yang||Eurasia Motorsport||Hyundai i30 N TCR||10||28.235||2:19.908||14|
|12||12||Sunny WONG Yat Shing||Teamwork Motorsport||Audi RS3 LMS TCR||10||28.764||2:18.997||7|
|13||3||Roland HERTNER||Volkswagen Team Oettinger||Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR||10||29.447||2:19.146||17|
|14||88||Kenneth LOOK||Liqui Moly Team NewFaster||Audi RS3 LMS TCR||10||38.209||2:20.049||16|
|15||33||Alex LIU Lic Ka||Liqui Moly Team NewFaster||CUPRA TCR||10||39.653||2:20.416||1|
|16||65||Douglas KHOO Kok Hui||Viper Niza Racing||CUPRA TCR||10||41.004||2:20.453||19|
|17||48||James WONG||Champ T.A. Motorsport||Audi RS3 LMS TCR||10||1:23.636||2:25.398||20|
|18||56||Michael WONG||Champ T.A. Motorsport||Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR||10||1:34.934||2:25.887||21|
|R||55||Martin XIE Xin Zhe||Dongfeng Honda MacPro Racing Team||Honda Civic Type-R FK7 TCR||9||DNF||2:19.050||10|
|R||99||Lin LI||Leo Racing Volkswagen Team Oettinger||Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR||4||DNF||2:21.027||13|
|R||26||Filipe Clemente DE SOUZA||Champ T.A. Motorsport||Audi RS3 LMS TCR||3||DNF||2:21.316||18|