On the eve of the second round of the 2015 TCR International Series at Shanghai in China, dual Asian Touring Car Series champion Franz Engstler has revealed that Liqui Moly Team Engstler will join the maiden season of TCR Asia Series beginning at Zhuhai in China on August 14.
The team debuted at Sepang in Malaysia during the historic first round of TCR International Series two weeks ago, campaigning both the Audi TT Cup and SEAT Leon cars for Engstler, Mikhail Grachev and Lorenzo Veglia. The German-based team will enter two cars for the opening round in China, with plans to introduce a third car later in the season.
“I’m pleased to announce that Liqui Moly Team Engstler will expand its program to participate in the maiden season of the TCR Asia Series,” Engstler confirmed. “Already we have two drivers confirmed, and we look forward to revealing a third driver in the near future. Personally I have enjoyed great success in Asia in the past, and I hope that we can relive that success in TCR Asia
Series this year.”
With the opening round of the TCR International Series at Sepang now completed, TCR Asia Series promoter David Sonenscher revealed that plans are well underway with the TCR Asia Series. “Much of the focus prior to Sepang two weeks ago was in getting the
International Series underway, and that’s now completed, with the event declared a great success. Now focus turns to TCR Asia Series, and although we’re still three months away, we’re finally able to start to reveal the teams that are competing, so it is with great pleasure that we’re able to announce that Liqui Moly Team Engstler will join us for our maiden season,” Sonenscher said. “We have had a long association with Franz through his years competing in the Asian Touring Car Series almost ten years ago, however since then he has gone on to develop one of the leading Touring Car teams in the world, and we’re proud to have them join us for debut season of TCR Asia Series.”