Hyundai Team Engstler with Buri and Gruber

Hyundai Team Engstler with Buri and Gruber

07.03.2020: - The champion team from the Allgäu also uses a VIP car again - Antti Buri is aiming for the championship in the Hyundai i30 N TCR: "My goal is to win the title" - Newcomer Nico Gruber wants to "win the rookie title"

- The champion team from the Allgäu also uses a VIP car again

- Antti Buri is aiming for the championship in the Hyundai i30 N TCR: "My goal is to win the title"

- Newcomer Nico Gruber wants to "win the rookie title"




The championship team is entering the 2020 season with two new drivers: Hyundai Team Engstler will once again rely on the proven Hyundai i30 N TCR in the fifth season of ADAC TCR Germany and as drivers on the experienced Finn Antti Buri (31) and newcomer Nico Gruber (18) from Austria.



The team from the Allgäu, which had won the driver's championship and the team classification with Max Hesse last year, wants to make a big impression again this year. The season starts on the weekend of 24th to 26th April in Oschersleben. SPORT1 broadcasts the races of the ADAC TCR Germany on TV.
 


Antti Buri in particular is reckoning with chances of winning the title with his move to the championship team. In 2019, the Finn, who has been competing in the ADAC TCR Germany since the 2016 premiere season, had been leading the championship for a long time - in the end, he finished third after the thrilling season finale at the Sachsenring.



"Team Engstler is a top address in motorsport and the Hyundai i30 N TCR is very strong, so it will certainly be a very interesting season," says Buri, who has been one of the best drivers in the field in the Audi RS3 LMS in recent years. In four years of ADAC TCR Germany he has won eight races so far, and the 31-year-old clinched a total of 19 podium places.
 


Now it should be enough for the top: "My goal is clearly to win the title. The series is very fiercely contested, but I'll give everything for it. Andreas Klinge, Team Manager at Hyundai Team Engstler, describes Buri as "one of the fastest TCR drivers in recent years".
 


Klinge also believes that Gruber will quickly gain a foothold in the ADAC TCR Germany. With Buri and Gruber "we have good chances to defend the two titles won last year", Klinge predicts: "With Nico we also want to fight for the title in the Junior Challenge for young drivers. The winner of the Honda Junior Challenge will again receive a Honda Civic this year.
 


Nico Gruber is only contesting his third season ever in motorsport. After ten successful years in karting, the young Upper Austrian from Grieskirchen switched to the British Formula Ford in 2018. Last year he won two Formula Renault titles in his home country. In 2020, the talent has already caused a sensation in TCR Malaysia: Gruber clinched a victory in his first race for Hyundai Team Engstler in Sepang in January.
 


Now he wants to "learn as much as possible" by working with Hyundai Team Engstler, says the Austrian, who directly pursues ambitious goals: "To regularly reach the top five and win the rookie title."
 


In addition to the two regular drivers, Hyundai Team Engstler will, as last year, be using a third Hyundai i30 N TCR as a VIP car. Once again, well-known personalities, race drivers or journalists will be guest entrants at the races. In the 2019 season, Hyundai WRC factory driver Thierry Neuville and former World Touring Car Champion Gabriele Tarquini were among those who took the wheel. The guest entrants for 2020 will be announced shortly.
 


               

 

 
ADAC TCR Germany calendar 2020



 
24. - 26.04.2020          Motorsport Arena Oschersleben
15. - 17.05.2020          Autodrom Most/CZE
05. - 07.06.2020          Red Bull Ring Spielberg/AUT
14. - 16.08.2020          Nürburgring
21. - 23.08.2020          Circuit Zandvoort/NED
18. - 20.09.2020          Hockenheim
02. - 04.10.2020          Sachsenring
     
    

 

Oliver Runschke, translated by deepl MaP   photos ADAC
 

 
     
     

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