A strong five-car line-up for Liqui Moly Team Engstler

A strong five-car line-up for Liqui Moly Team Engstler

11.01.2017: TCR Middle East Series Rounds 1 & 2 – Dubai Autodrome – 12 / 13 January 2017

TCR Middle East Series
Rounds 1 & 2 – Dubai Autodrome – 12 / 13 January 2017

The Liqui Moly Team Engstler has entered a strong five-car line-up for the event in Dubai.

The German outfit’s Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR cars will be driven by an array of drivers that span from very experienced to rookies.

TCR International Series race winner Mat’o Homola is surely the team’s point man, though he faces his first appearance in the Golf.

Homola declared: “I'm glad that the TCR family grows with a new championship, which for me is an opportunity to stay in shape and prepare myself for the upcoming season in the International Series.

 I am looking forward to racing in the Volkswagen Golf that is new to me, even though it has many points in common with the SEAT I drove last year. I tried the Dubai circuit on the simulator and I really like it, as it is full of long fast corners that suit my driving style."

Homola joins a trio of TCR rookies: Luca Engstler, Brandon Gdovic and Stefan Goede.

The son of Touring Car veteran Franz Engstler, the 16-year old Luca looks at the Middle East series as a preparation to for his commitments in the ADAC TCR Germany series:

“It will be my first ever race in a touring car and, of course, I am a bit nervous. But this will be a perfect training for TCR Germany and my goal is to learn as much as possible during these three events.”

Gdovic, 24 years old from Pittsburgh, has competed in different NASCAR series before successfully switching to the Lamborghini Super Trofeo in 2015.

"I'm really excited to be racing in Dubai for the first time and getting the opportunity to race in the TCR series. It will be a lot of firsts for me, but I'm looking forward to it and hoping for some good results," he said.

Goede, 31 years old from Bavaria, has only approached motor racing in recent years and from 2013 he became a regular competitor in the Austrian Histo-Cup.

 “I look at TCR as a big challenge and a learning experience. I am looking forward to working with an extremely professional race team managed by a touring car legend such as Franz Engstler,” he said.

Homola’s Slovak countryman Filip Sládecka, with past experience in the FIA European Touring Car Cup, completes the team’s line-up.

Fabio Ravaioli-  photo TCR

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11.01.2017 / MaP

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