DRIVER UPDATE : Asian Touring Car Series : Franz Engstler
Two weeks ago, Franz Engstler took his first career podium at Donington Park with a third place. The Liqui-Moly Engstler BMW driver has gone one better today to take the first official win for an independent competitor in the WTCC.
The German celebrated his 50th birthday last week and is the oldest driver in the field. The two-time Asian Touring Car and 2007 ADAC Procar Series champion held position ahead of the Chevrolet of Alain Menu in race two today to score both his team's and his own first WTCC victory.
"First of all I'd like to say thank you so much to my team and BMW," said Engstler.
"They did such a great job after the first race after we had an accident and the car was very damaged at the front."
"They fixed the car for the second race, and it was fantastic, and I could give back to them with the first race (win)...you can be sure there will be so a big party tonight."
Engstler's win is also the first win for the new 1.6 litre turbocharged BMW 320 TC in the WTCC and comes on home soil.
"I think it's so important for BMW especially here in Oschersleben for my home race," said Engstler.
"Now we see we are competitive compared to the Chevrolet and hope it gets better and better for the second half of the season."
The Engstler Motorsport team have competed in the championship since 2008 and are still chasing their first independents' title, and are now well placed with both Engstler and team-mate Kristian Poulsen within two points of trophy leader Norbert Michelisz.
The team also leaves Oschersleben with a 39 point lead in the Yokohama Teams' Trophy from SUNRED Engineering.
Prepared by Neil Hudson for www.touringcartimes.com
Photos by WTCC Media