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ADAC TCR Germany: Hyundai’s young touring car ace

He is the champion in the ADAC TCR Germany 2021: Luca Engstler is following in his father’s footsteps
Ten touring car titles, more than 100 trophies in the closet, and that at the age of 21.
Engstler is not only one of the best German touring car drivers, he is now also a champion in the ADAC TCR Germany, which is part of the GT Masters supporting program. His points cushion of 83 points was enough to win the title at the penultimate run in Hockenheim.
“That was exactly my goal. I wouldn’t have been able to take part in the last race of the season, ”explains Engstler, who missed the season finale at the Nürburgring (6/7 November) to take part in the WTCR in the Italian Adriatic.
The Hyundai works driver was on the road dual in 2021. In TCR Germany he drove the i30 N TCR, while in the world league he took the wheel of the newer Hyundai Elantra N TCR.

For Engstler it wasn’t the first season in TCR Germany. He drove in his father’s racing team as early as 2017 and 2018. After his debut year, which he finished in twelfth place, the Allgäu was runner-up in his second season. Strong: At the 2018 season finale, he overtook nine cars on the track in one lap.

Luca Engstler is the champion in the ADAC TCR Germany 2021.

At the latest then it became clear that Engstler had inherited the touring car genes of his father Franz (60). Papa Engstler: “I can see from his driving style that one day he will be one of the greats in the sport. He drives very intelligently and consistently. ”

Engstler senior started during his active time in the DTM and the World Touring Car Championship and clinched a class win in the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring. With over 700 trophies, he sets the bar high for his son.

Franz is an important factor in Luca’s career: “My dad’s influence is great. I discuss every step with him, I value his advice very much and I owe him a lot. “

Engstler jr. more and more from. With ten championship titles now, he is the most successful TCR driver in the world. But he doesn’t want to call himself the best German touring car driver. “There are many strong drivers in touring car racing,” says the 21-year-old. “But I’m not afraid to measure myself against the best.”

He does not yet know how things will continue in 2022. “The goal is to continue in the TCR area, but the future is still unclear.” In addition, his works driver contract with Hyundai is expiring. An extension is open. That’s why we’re looking in all directions, including the DTM.

Engstler: “The DTM has become even more interesting for me with the GT3 switch. I’m pleasantly surprised. ”However, a WTCR title remains one of his“ greatest goals ”. This year he made his dream come true, at least in the junior category.

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