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ADAC TCR Germany: Luca Engstler the new champion

Big cheers for Luca Engstler: The 21-year-old from Allgäu secured the title early in the third last race of the season of the ADAC TCR Germany.
In the Hyundai i30 N TCR, the man from Wiggensbach finished fourth in Sunday’s race at the Hockenheimring. That was enough to win the championship. At such an early stage, no champion in the otherwise fiercely competitive touring car series had ever succeeded.
“I’m super happy that I won the title. I can’t really realize it yet, it will probably come during the day and evening. My big thanks go to the team that did an outstanding job and always gave me a perfect car, ”said Engstler, who was no longer intercepted by his pursuers at the season finale (November 5th to 7th) at the Nürburgring.

Luca Engstler secured the title early in the third last race of the season of the ADAC TCR Germany.

For the Hyundai team Engstler this is already the third drivers title in a row, because Engstler’s predecessors Antti Burri and Max Hesse also competed for the team of touring car legend Franz Engstler. And that had even more reasons to celebrate at Hockenheim. In addition to winning the drivers’ title, the team also won the team standings perfectly. Engstler driver Nico Gruber (20) also secured overall victory in the Honda Junior Challenge. His team mate Roland Hertner (62) had already been selected as the winner of the trophy classification.

Victory in Sunday’s race at Hockenheim went to the Italian Eric Scalvini, who started from pole position, in the Cupra Leon Competición TCR of the Wimmer Werk Motorsport team. “This success means a lot to me. We have rewarded ourselves for a very strong Sunday. My big congratulations also to Luca Engstler, ”said Scalvini, fux308, for whom it was already the fourth win of the season.
Dominik Fugel (Honda Civic TCR) crossed the finish line in second place and will now try everything to end the season in second place overall. Dominik’s younger brother Marcel Fugel completes the podium, also in a Honda Civic TCR.

Engstler actually decided the start for himself, but the 21-year-old couldn’t get past Scalvini. His overtaking maneuver failed and when he entered the Parabolika, Engstler only found himself in tenth place. However, just one lap later, the Allgäu man managed to move up to fourth place. Engstler never had a real duel with Marcel Fugel in third place, as he knew at all times that fourth place would be enough for him to win the championship.

Despite a safety car phase on the seventh lap, triggered by a collision between Ruben Fernandez Gil (43, Spain, RC2 Junior Team) in the Cupra Leon Competición and Honda driver Albert Legutko (21, Poland, Albert Legutko Racing), changed nothing more in the front ranks. After 16 laps, Scalvini was the first to see the black and white checkered flag after a sovereign race.

Lamborghini wins again

The title decision in the German GT Championship is made at the finals: The championship battle came to a head at the penultimate race weekend in Hockenheim.

Like the day before, victory in Sunday’s race went to Lamborghini.

The championship leaders Ricardo Feller and Christopher Mies (Montaplast by Land-Motorsport) come under pressure. In the Audi they finished seventh in the Sunday race, while their closest rivals Luca Stolz and Maro Engel in the Mercedes-AMG of the Toksport WRT team reduced their deficit to just four points with third place. At the finale from November 5th to 7th at the Nürburgring, 13 drivers still have a mathematical chance for the title.

Like the day before, victory in Sunday’s race went to Lamborghini. This time it was Rolf Ineichen and Franck Perera (GRT Grasser Racing Team) who won ahead of fourth-placed Mercedes-AMG drivers Raffaele Marciello and Maximilian Buhk (Mann-Filter Team Landgraf – HTP / WWR). “That was a perfect day for us, but also a great weekend for the GRT Grasser Racing Team and for Lamborghini,” said former Formula 1 test driver Perera. “To win in such a highly competitive racing series is always something special.”

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