Engstler Motorsport

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Germany Engstler Motorsport
Engstler logo.png
Team principal(s) Franz Engstler
Current series TCR International Series
ETCC
ADAC Procar Series
ADAC Formula 4
Former series ATCC
WTCC
Noted drivers WTCC
6. Franz Engstler
7. Charles Ng

ETCC
5. Christian Fischer
6. Plamen Kralev
Teams'
Championships
2011 Ind. WTCC
Drivers'
Championships
2005 ATCC (Engstler)
2006 ATCC (Engstler)
2007 ADAC Procar (Engstler)
2008 ATCC (Lemvard)
2011 Ind. WTCC (Poulsen)

Engstler Motorsport is a private German auto racing team based in Wiggensbach, run by driver Franz Engstler. It has competed successfully in the Asian Touring Car Championship and the ADAC Procar Series. It is sponsored by lubricants company Liqui Moly and known officially as Liqui Moly Team Engstler.

World Touring Car Championship[edit]

BMW 320i (2005, 2007)[edit]

The team made its World Touring Car Championship debut in the end of season 2005 Guia Race of Macau, with two BMW 320is for Hong Kong driver Paul Poon and New Zealander Peter Scharmach. While Poon failed to qualify for the race, Scharmach finished 16th in the first race, but retired in the second.

The team returned to the WTCC at Macau two years later, running three 320is for Franz Engstler, Andrei Romanov and David Louie. They finished 19th, 24th and 25th respectively in the first race, while in the second race Engstler came home 16th, while Romanov and Louie retired. Having only competed in the final event the team still managed to finish seventh in the independent team's trophy.

BMW 320si (2008–2010)[edit]

Engstler and Romanov competed full-time in 2008 in BMW 320sis, with Engstler scoring three points in the Overall Championship, finishing second in the Independent's Trophy, with Romanov finishing fifth.[1] Japan's Masaki Kano competed in an older 320i model in the final two rounds of the series. The team finished second in the independent team's standings behind fellow BMW team Proteam Motorsport.

Dane Kristian Poulsen was brought in to race alongside Franz Engstler in 2009.[2] Engstler was leading at the end of the first lap of the second race at the Race of France when he and the safety car collided, taking him out of the race. For the Race of UK and Race of Germany, the team ran a third car for ADAC Procar Series champion Philip Geipel.[3] Macanese driver Henry Ho made his series debut with the team at the Race of Japan while Kano returned for the race. The team ran five cars at the Race of Macau, Engstler, Poulsen and Ho were joined by series debutants Alex Liu and Jo Merszei.[4]

Engstler was paired with Romanov for the full 2010 World Touring Car Championship season.[5] Romanov was unable to attend the Race of UK and was replaced by SEAT León Eurocup driver Tim Coronel.[6] The team ran an additional car at the Race of Japan for Yoshihiro Ito,[7] they then ran two extra cars alongside Engstler and Romanov at the Race of Macau for Kano and Merszei.[7][8]

BMW 320 TC and BMW 320si (2011–present)[edit]

The team ran the new BMW 320 TC chassis for the 2011 season with team owner Franz Engstler being paired with Kristian Poulsen who returned to the team after a year driving for his own team.[9] Poulsen took the team's first podium finish in race two of the Race of Italy went he finished third behind Robert Huff and Yvan Muller. Engstler then took his and the team's first WTCC victory in race two of their home race.[10] Formula D driver Charles Ng joined the team for the Race of Japan where he drove an older BMW 320si.[11] Fabio Fabiani took over the third car for the Race of China having moved across from Proteam Racing while Charles Ng moving to DeTeam KK Motorsport.[12] Fabiani wrapped up the Jay–Ten Trophy for drivers in natural aspirated cars in China while the team secured the independent team's trophy title.[13] Fabiani was replaced for the Race of Macau by local driver Jo Merszei.[14] Poulsen secured the Yokohama Independent Drivers' Trophy title.

Team Engstler entered the 2012 World Touring Car Championship season with team owner Engstler as their first driver.[15] Charles Ng was later confirmed in their second car for the full season having joined to the team for the Race of Japan the previous season.[16] Masaki Kano joined the team for the Race of Japan, driving a naturally aspirated BMW 320si.[17] Alex Liu then took over the car for the Race of China.[18] At the season finale in Macau, Merszei raced the team's third car.[19]

The team returned to the WTCC for the 2013 season, retaining their lineup of Engstler and Ng.[20]

Results[edit]

World Touring Car Championship[edit]

Year Car Drivers Races Wins Poles F.L. Points D.C. T.C.
2005 BMW 320i New Zealand Peter Scharmach 2 0 0 0 0 NC NC
Hong Kong Paul Poon 0 0 0 0 0 NC
2007 BMW 320i Germany Franz Engstler 2 0 0 0 0 NC 7th
Russia Andrey Romanov 2 0 0 0 0 NC
Hong Kong David Louie 2 0 0 0 0 NC
2008 BMW 320si
BMW 320i
Germany Franz Engstler 24 0 0 0 3 17th 2nd
Russia Andrei Romanov 22 0 0 0 0 22nd
Japan Masaki Kano 3 0 0 0 0 46th
2009 BMW 320si Germany Franz Engstler 24 0 0 0 7 16th 3rd
Denmark Kristian Poulsen 24 0 0 0 0 NC
Germany Philip Geipel 4 0 0 0 0 NC
Macau Henry Ho 4 0 0 0 0 NC
Japan Masaki Kano 2 0 0 0 0 NC
Macau Jo Merszei 2 0 0 0 0 NC
Macau Alex Liu 1 0 0 0 0 NC
2010 BMW 320si Germany Franz Engstler 21 0 0 0 5 17th 3rd
Russia Andrei Romanov 18 0 0 0 0 NC
Netherlands Tim Coronel 2 0 0 0 0 NC
Japan Yoshihiro Ito 2 0 0 0 0 NC
Macau Jo Merszei 2 0 0 0 0 NC
Japan Masaki Kano 2 0 0 0 0 NC
2011 BMW 320 TC
BMW 320si
Denmark Kristian Poulsen 24 0 0 0 112 7th 1st
Germany Franz Engstler 24 1 0 0 88 8th
Hong Kong Charles Ng 2 0 0 0 1 22nd
Italy Fabio Fabiani 2 0 0 0 0 NC
Macau Jo Merszei 2 0 0 0 0 NC
2012 BMW 320 TC
BMW 320si
Germany Franz Engstler 24 0 0 0 64 12th 7th
Hong Kong Charles Ng 23 0 0 0 1 25th
Macau Jo Merszei 2 0 0 0 0 NC
Japan Masaki Kano 2 0 0 0 0 NC
Macau Alex Liu 2 0 0 0 0 NC

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://dnl.fiawtcc.com/2008_WTCC_Trophies.pdf 2008 Independent's Trophy Standings
  2. ^ Vind, Aslak (10 December 2008). "Kristian Poulsen to do full season in 2009". TouringCarTimes (Mediaempire Stockholm AB). Retrieved 22 March 2009. 
  3. ^ Ravaioli, Fabio (10 July 2009). "Philip Geipel in third Engstler car in Brands Hatch and Oschersleben". automobilsport.com (automobilsport.com). Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  4. ^ Sulka, Mike (14 November 2009). "Liqui Moly Add Three Locals In Macau". PaddockTalk.com (Paddock Talk). Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  5. ^ Beer, Matt (17 February 2010). "Romanov rejoins Engstler for 2010". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  6. ^ Hudson, Neil (16 July 2010). "Tim Coronel replaces Romanov for Brands Hatch". TouringCarTimes (Mediaempire Stockholm AB). Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Meissner, Johan (14 September 2010). "Two Japanese drivers join Engstler". TouringCarTimes (Mediaempire Stockholm AB). Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  8. ^ "2010 FIA WTCC Championship Decider Set for Macau Guia Circuit". macaugrandprix.gov.mo (Macau Grand Prix). 3 November 2010. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  9. ^ English, Steven (17 January 2011). "Engstler, Poulsen team up for 2011". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  10. ^ Allen, Peter (31 July 2011). "Engstler Takes First WTCC Win At Home To End Chevrolet Run". The Checkered Flag (BlackEagleMedia Network). Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  11. ^ Allen, Peter (5 October 2011). "Charles Ng Joins Engstler For Asian WTCC Rounds". The Checkered Flag (BlackEagleMedia Network). Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  12. ^ Hudson, Neil (30 October 2011). "Fabio Fabiani moves across to Engstler BMW". TouringCarTimes (Mediaempire Stockholm AB). Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  13. ^ Hudson, Neil (6 November 2011). "Engstler secure first independent teams’ title". TouringCarTimes. Mediaempire Stockholm AB. Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  14. ^ "FIA WTCC – Guia Race of Macau - Presented by "SJM" - Provisional Entry List". macau.grandprix.gov.mo (Macau Grand Prix). 6 October 2011. Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  15. ^ Engstler, Franz. "Liebe Partner, Freunde und Sponsoren" [Dear partners, friends and sponsors]. Engstler Motorsport (in German). Engstler Motorsport GmBH. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  16. ^ Abbott, Andrew (27 February 2012). "Full season for Charles Ng". Touring-Cars.net. Andrew Abbott. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  17. ^ Ferret, Olivier (29 August 2012). "Team Engstler to run 3rd car in Asia". NextGen-Auto.com (NextGen-Auto). Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  18. ^ Hudson, Neil (24 October 2012). "Liu Lic Ka to drive for Engstler at Shanghai". TouringCarTimes (Mediaempire Stockholm AB). Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  19. ^ Meissner, Johan (29 August 2012). "Engstler set to run third BMW in Asian races". TouringCarTimes (Mediaempire Stockholm AB). Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  20. ^ "Engstler and Ng to team up again". World Touring Car Championship. Kigema Sport Organisation. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 

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