TCR Malaysia Preview: Engstler vs Lloyd

After following the likes of the FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR), the TCR Europe Touring Car Series, the TCR UK Touring Car Championship and the ADAC TCR Germany Touring Car Championship in recent seasons, TCR Talk will be following a new series for 2020:

The 2020 TCR Malaysia Touring Car Championship

2019 TCR Malaysia Champion Luca Engstler in action. Credit: Match Chong

The second season of the TCR Malaysia Touring Car Championship kicks off Saturday at the Sepang International Circuit with two back-to-back races of 11 laps each.

Luca Engstler who won the title in the inaugural season last year will defend his crown at the wheel of a Hyundai i30 N run by Team Engstler. The German outfit will field two more cars for a couple of emerging teenagers: the 17-year-old Nico Gruber from Austria and the 19-year-old Declan Fraser from Australia.

Gruber claimed the rookie title in the 2018 British Formula Ford 1600 and raced last year in the ADAC Formula 4, while Fraser was crowned champion in the 2019 Australian Excel Cup one-make series for the Hyundai X3 model.

Engstler’s main competitor will be the 2018 TCR UK champion Daniel Lloyd in the Honda Civic Type R run by Brutal Fish Racing Team. Lloyd has raced alongside Engstler in TCR Asia, TCR China and TCR Europe during 2019, so the English driver will be looking to start the year off with a win.

Dan Lloyd. Credit: TCR Europe / WSC Ltd

Teamwork Huff Motorsport will run an Audi RS 3 LMS for Yang Xi, a Chinese driver who comes from endurance races, while Malaysia-based Viper Niza Racing has entered three CUPRA cars for team principal Douglas Khoo and the brothers Freddie and Gilbert Ang.

Championship titles will once again be offered for the outright title, Teams’ Champion, Drivers’ Champion, Cup Drivers’ Champion (Amateur drivers) and Asian Drivers’ Champions with points accumulated through both qualifying and each of the 30-minute races.

After the season opener, the TCR Malaysia will continue at Sepang with two more race meetings:

2020 TCR Malaysia Championship – Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur
Rounds 1 & 2: 17-18 January 2020
Rounds 3 & 4: 14-16 February 2020
Rounds 5 & 6: 28 February-1 March 2020

Rob Huff made his debut in TCR Malaysia with Teamwork Motorsport. Credit: Match Chong

I will be keeping things up to date on here as well as in The Official TCR Talk Group & The TCR UK Fans Group where members will also be sharing their thoughts and any news from The 2020 FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR), The 2020 TCR Europe Touring Car Series, The 2020 TCR UK Touring Car Championship and other Domestic & Regional TCR Series from around the world.

All images are used in this blog are courtesy of Match Chong unless otherwise credited.

Until next time, all the best!


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