Franz Engstler

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Franz Engstler
Franz engstler spafrancorchamps2014.JPG
Nationality  German
Born (1961-07-25) July 25, 1961 (age 53)
Kempten im Allgäu (Germany)
2014 World Touring Car Championship
Debut season 2007
Current team Liqui Moly Team Engstler
Car no. 6
Starts 154
Wins 1
Poles 0
Fastest laps 0
Best finish 8th in 2011
Previous series
2006–08
2006
2005, 2008
2005–07
2004
2002
2002
2001
2000–03
1996, 2005
1994, 1996–99
1989–92, 1994
1988–90
ADAC Procar
Russian Touring Car Championship
ETCC
Asian Touring Car Series
Produktionswagen Meisterschaft
Dutch Touring Car Championship
V8 Star
European Superproduction
German Touring Car Challenge
Italian Super Touring
German Supertouring
DTM
German F3 Championship
Championship titles
2007
2005–06
2000
ADAC Procar Division I
ATCS
German Touring Car Challenge

Franz Engstler (born 25 July 1961 in Kempten im Allgäu) is a German auto racing driver. He currently competes as an independent driver in the FIA World Touring Car Championship in a BMW 320 TC under the Liqui Moly Team Engstler banner. He is married with one son, Lukas.

Racing career[edit]

Franz Engstler's BMW taking the Lisboa corner in the 2002 Guia Race, in which he finished third.
Engstler at Brands Hatch in the 2008 WTCC

Early racing included the European Hillclimbing Championship and the German Long Distance Cup, which he won. From 1988 he competed in German Formula Three, winning the class B title in 1989. In 1993 he switched to Touring car racing, where he was German Touring Car Championship Class 2 champion in an Alfa Romeo 155. Between 1994 and 1999, he raced in the German Super Touring Championship for various teams. He finished first in the 2000 German Touring Car Challenge, with two wins. Two more seasons were spent racing in this series in 2002 and 2003. After a season in the 2004 German Production Car Championship, he moved to the Asian Touring Car Championship. He dominated the championship, which bought him back to back titles in 2005 and 2006. Another title came in 2007, winning the German ADAC Procar Series for the second year.[1]

2008 first saw him enter the WTCC. A solid first season saw him finish second in the independents Trophy. The highlight of the year was sixth place overall finish in the final race in Macau.

Before the end of the 2008 season, he won the BMW Sports Trophy for independent drivers, ahead of one hundred and forty other BMW drivers around the world.[2]

Engstler was involved in a bizarre incident at the 2009 WTCC meeting at Pau. Having finished sixth in race one, he started race two from second position. He took the lead from Alain Menu at the start and led the first lap. The safety car was deployed following three separate incidents on the first lap. The safety car jinked left right into the middle of the circuit, and with the nature of the circuit, Engstler was unsighted as he slammed into the safety car causing substantial damage to both cars, ending his race.

Racing record[edit]

Complete World Touring Car Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 DC Points
2007 Engstler Motorsport BMW 320i BRA
1
BRA
2
NED
1
NED
2
ESP
1
ESP
2
FRA
1
FRA
2
CZE
1
CZE
2
POR
1
POR
2
SWE
1
SWE
2
GER
1
GER
2
GBR
1
GBR
2
ITA
1
ITA
2
MAC
1

19
MAC
2

16
NC 0
2008 Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si BRA
1

10
BRA
2

17
MEX
1

18
MEX
2

16
ESP
1

17
ESP
2

17
FRA
1

19
FRA
2

15
CZE
1

16
CZE
2

23
POR
1

18
POR
2

18
GBR
1

17
GBR
2

13
GER
1

Ret
GER
2

15
EUR
1

16
EUR
2

14
ITA
1

13
ITA
2

16
JPN
1

14
JPN
2

11
MAC
1

15
MAC
2

6
17th 3
2009 Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si BRA
1

12
BRA
2

16
MEX
1

14
MEX
2

11
MAR
1

11
MAR
2

7
FRA
1

6
FRA
2

Ret
ESP
1

16
ESP
2

16
CZE
1

11
CZE
2

14
POR
1

20
POR
2

11
GBR
1

NC
GBR
2

19
GER
1

7
GER
2

25
ITA
1

11
ITA
2

13
JPN
1

Ret
JPN
2

15
MAC
1

16
MAC
2

14
16th 7
2010 Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si BRA
1

14
BRA
2

11
MAR
1

12
MAR
2

12
ITA
1

Ret
ITA
2

DNS
BEL
1

Ret
BEL
2

16
POR
1

13
POR
2

14
GBR
1

14
GBR
2

13
CZE
1

13
CZE
2

Ret
GER
1

13
GER
2

15
ESP
1

15
ESP
2

14
JPN
1

13
JPN
2

10
MAC
1

9
MAC
2

10
17th 5
2011 Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC BRA
1

9
BRA
2

9
BEL
1

Ret
BEL
2

12
ITA
1

9
ITA
2

9
HUN
1

15
HUN
2

6
CZE
1

16
CZE
2

Ret
POR
1

11
POR
2

8
GBR
1

6
GBR
2

3
GER
1

16
GER
2

1
ESP
1

NC
ESP
2

10
JPN
1

10
JPN
2

11
CHN
1

12
CHN
2

8
MAC
1

6
MAC
2

7
8th 88
2012 Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC ITA
1

12
ITA
2

6
ESP
1

8
ESP
2

5
MAR
1

6
MAR
2

8
SVK
1

Ret
SVK
2

13
HUN
1

NC
HUN
2

9
AUT
1

11
AUT
2

9
POR
1

12
POR
2

9
BRA
1

17
BRA
2

Ret
USA
1

7
USA
2

10
JPN
1

10
JPN
2

11
CHN
1

9
CHN
2

15
MAC
1

7
MAC
2

6
12th 64
2013 Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC ITA
1

19†
ITA
2

13
MAR
1

17
MAR
2

8
SVK
1

19
SVK
2

Ret
HUN
1

13
HUN
2

Ret
AUT
1

19†
AUT
2

14
RUS
1

19
RUS
2

15
POR
1

21†
POR
2

18
ARG
1

19
ARG
2

15
USA
1

17
USA
2

Ret
JPN
1

JPN
2

CHN
1

13
CHN
2

28†
MAC
1

14
MAC
2

11
20th 4
2014 Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC MAR
1

12
MAR
2

7
FRA
1

16
FRA
2

16
HUN
1

16
HUN
2

15
SVK
1

17
SVK
2

C
AUT
1

15
AUT
2

11
RUS
1

16
RUS
2

13
BEL
1

18
BEL
2

16
ARG
1

ARG
2

USA
1

USA
2

CHN
1

CHN
2

JPN
1

JPN
2

MAC
1

MAC
2

16th* 6*

Driver did not finish the race, but was classified as they completed over 90% of the race distance.

* Season in progress.

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Franz Engstler at Wikimedia Commons

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jürgen Hohenester
ADAC Procar Series Champion
2000
Succeeded by
Markus Gedlich
Preceded by
Toni Ruokonen
Asian Touring Car Championship Champion
2005–2006
Succeeded by
Fariqe Hairuman
Preceded by
Vincent Radermecker
ADAC Procar Series Champion
2007
Succeeded by
Phillip Geipel