Driver quotes after TCR Malaysia races

Driver quotes after TCR Malaysia races

21.01.2019: Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia Round#1/2 - 2019 TCR Malaysia Championship 19-20 January, 2019 What the drivers had to say.. 8. Luca Engstler - Liqui Moly Team Engstler Hyundai i30N TCR “I knew that I had to do a good start to o

Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia
Round#1/2 - 2019 TCR Malaysia Championship
19-20 January, 2019


What the drivers had to say..



8. Luca Engstler - Liqui Moly Team Engstler Hyundai i30N TCR



“I knew that I had to do a good start to overtake Rob [Huff] in the first lap. We were on new tyres so I just focused on the start and then I saw I can overtake him and then I tried to build a small gap. Then I tried to control the gap but there was no chance because he was pushing real hard, so I had to push as well.



“When the Safety Car came out and I thought ‘okay, now you are done Luca’. Then it was exactly the same like at the start, I knew that he will try it in the first two laps because that’s the only chance he has. And it was exactly what happened, so I tried to do a good restart but with his experience, he was super close to me.



We fight for a little bit and then I tried to shift down into first gear to get a good exit but I was a bit late with shifting and he did an undercut and as we went to turn three we touched a little bit but it was just nice because he was super fair but really hard. I really enjoyed the race, [it was] a pleasure for me to race against Rob Huff.”


“[Race 2] After four or five laps I managed to gain the lead which was good because you don’t have the spray from the cars in front and then it was good to control the race. I tried to push as hard as I can to understand the tyres in these conditions, but it just felt perfect.


“Definitely enjoyed the rain. When you come from Germany you have to enjoy the rain, otherwise it’s the wrong place to live!”






12. Rob Huff - TeamWork Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR  "
The car was terrific. We kept our new tyres for qualifying so I knew we had the pace already, and to put it on pole position for the guys, and be over a second clear in Q1 was an awesome end to a very long Saturday, with qualifying at 8pm and at night.



"Our race day wasn't quite as perfect. The Balance of Performance hasn't changed since last year, and we're also running 20kg heavier as I'm only doing this race, so the Hyundai getting ahead wasn't a surprise. It's a tough circuit to pass on, but we made a good go of it and got our nose slightly ahead at one point but it was important to finish the race and not risk an accident.



"[Race 2] I've not seen weather like that since maybe China two years ago. It was the right call to not start the race when we were supposed to. Unfortunately for us, the pace in the car wasn't quite there - we'd had no wet running of course, so it was a gamble to get the set-up right, and we slightly missed it, so we had to settle for fifth.”



Rounds three and four of TCR Malaysia will be held again at Sepang International Circuit with a single day event that will see racing contested under lights.



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