Only a former world title holder has been able to challenge reigning TCR Asia Series champion Luca Engstler’s almost complete domination of the maiden season of TCR Malaysia, yet despite Rob Huff’s best efforts during the opening event of the season at Sepang, Engstler has prevailed in all four races to date under a variety of challenging conditions.
Currently the LIQUI MOLY Team Engstler Hyundai i30N TCR driver holds a commanding lead heading into the final two races of the season, but the multiple TCR Champion - despite his young age - understands that just about anything can happen in motorsport, so he’s under no illusions about how easy the coming weekend will be.
The final event of the maiden season will also see the return of local hero Mitchell Cheah, Engstler’s 2018 TCR Asia Series team-mate, and toughest rival.
Cheah has played mentor through the opening rounds of TCR Malaysia to a number of other local drivers who have made cameo appearances in the two Engstler Volkswagens that have competed alongside TCR Germany regular Kai Jordan, but this weekend the two-time 2018 round winner (one of those wins coming against Engstler at home in Malaysia), returns to the wheel and he will certainly shake things up.
After a string of podiums Kai Jordan currently holds second overall in the championship points, whilst also being the comfortable points leader of the TCR Malaysia Cup, but in both cases he will come under attack from TCR Europe regular Martin Ryba in the striking Brutal Fish Racing Team Volkswagen.
As they did in the previous two events, Liqui Moly Team Engstler [LMTE] will field another new driver in their Volkswagen for the season finale, with Malaysia’s Mark Darwin taking on the #11 entry, the experienced campaigner expected to make his presence felt on a circuit he knows only too well.
or the final event of the maiden season of TCR Malaysia, we’re back to a two day format (three including practice), with qualifying and the opening 30-minute race scheduled for Saturday, 23 February, ahead of the final round of the season on Sunday, an event which will crown the inaugural champion.
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Rnd#5/6 - 2019 TCR Malaysia - schedule
Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia (22-24 February, 2019)
Friday, 22 February
1:50pm - TCR Malaysia Official Practice#1 (30-minutes)
5:30pm - TCR Malaysia Official Practice#2 (30-minutes)
Saturday, 23 February
10:00am - TCR Malaysia Qualifying#1 (20-minutes)
10:25am - TCR Malaysia Qualifying#2 (10-minutes)
2:45pm - TCR Malaysia Round#5 (11-laps/30-minutes)
Sunday, 24 February
4:45pm - TCR Malaysia Round#6 (11-laps/30-minutes)