One month after Luca Engstler’s back-to-back race victories at Zhuhai, the TCR Asia series will reach its halfway point with two races at the Shanghai International Circuit this weekend (June 1st/2nd).
Fresh from a podium finish at last weekend’s TCR Europe event at Hockenheim in Germany, Engstler will be keen to extend his winning streak after also securing victory in the opening TCR Asia race of the season at Sepang in April. The reigning champion currently holds a nine-point lead in the Drivers’ standings over Diego Moran, with the Ecuadorian driver taking the win in Race 2 in Malaysia in a Team Oettinger Volkswagen Golf GTI before switching to a Liqui Moly Team Engstler Hyundai for Zhuhai.
Pepe Oriola is currently third in the championship, a full 35 points behind Engtler, and knows time is slipping away if he’s to stand any chance of taking the title. The experienced Spaniard has twice finished on the podium so far this year in his Solite Indigo Racing Hyundai, but a win has eluded him and so he’ll be hoping for a change of fortune this weekend.
Daniel Miranda (Eurasia Motorsport Hyundai) and Alex Hui (Teamwork Motorsport Audi RS3 LMS) have also both recorded podium finishes and so will be in the mix for more good results in Shangai, while Hui will be joined in Shanghai by his 2018 TCR China co-champion Sunny Wong in the Teamwork Audi driven by Cherry Cheung in Zhuhai. Wong is contesting the TCR UK championship this year in the team’s Volkswagen Golf GTI and is currently second in the standings after the opening round.
In the TCR Asia Cup, Roland Hertner currently holds a seventeen-point lead over Douglas Khoo. Hertner, in a Volkswagen Team Oettinger Golf GTI, will be hoping for a repeat of his Race 1 success from Zhuhai, while Khoo – driving a Viper Niza Racing CUPRA – will be looking to regain the lead in the category after scoring maximum points in both races at his home event in Sepang.
Just as at Zhuhai, the TCR China series competitors will join their TCR Asia colleagues in Shanghai, with Daniel Lloyd and Huang Chu Han having claimed the TCR China class victories last month. The grid will be further boosted by the late decision by T.A. Motorsport to enter a Volkswagen Golf and two Audi RS3 LMS cars following the single-car entry for Filipe Souza a month ago.
The two-stage Qualifying session will take place at 10.30 local time on Saturday June 1st, with Race 1 scheduled to start at 15.45 on Saturday afternoon and Race 2 at 09.45 the following morning. Both races will be streamed live on the series’ website and Facebook page.