Not yet 17 years old, Luca Engstler is the first driver to commit to the 2017 ADAC TCR Germany; he will drive for his father’s Liqui Moly Team Engstler operation.
The German outfit completed six days of testing at the Adria Raceway in Italy, during which six young drivers were given the opportunity to sit at the wheel of the Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR car.
“The two cars completed nearly 3600 km without any technical problem. And Luca surprised us by being the fastest, which convinced me even further to keep on supporting him. We had already given him the opportunity to move up to Formula 4 after three years in karting. In the two latest seasons of single-seaters we have seen that he has grown up well, becoming good enough to test a touring car. In Adria he was absolutely stunning!” a delighted Franz Engstler said.
Team manager Kurt Treml added: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Luca who represents the second generation of the Engstler family in motorsport. In him we can see exactly the same genes of his father and we are confident that he will show the same skill. As for Franz, besides being the promoter of the ADAC TCR Germany series, he will be also facing the new challenge of supporting Luca and the whole team with his vast experience.”