Friday, May 8, 2015

TCR: Kelvin van der Linde and Nicki Thiim join Liqui Moly Team Engstler at Portimao

By Tarek Ramchani

No Break for TCR International Series teams and drivers. Just one week after the Valencia round, the TCR cars will hit the track again in Portugal. The challenging Portimao circuit will be hosting the fourth round of the season.

Liqui Moly Team Engstler will be on site with a pair of Audi TT cars. The privateer German team is still progressing with their Audis against strong rivals representing SEAT, Honda and Opel.

A slight change at the Portuguese round, the two Audis will be driven by two new faces. The two drivers are coming from GT racing with a great experience with the Audi R8 LMS ultra.

The #3 Audi TT will be driven by Nicki Thiim. The Danish driver is competiting in ADAC GT Masters this year with team C.ABT Racing.

The sister #9 Audi TT will be in hands of Kelvin van der Linde. The young South African driver is the reigning ADAC GT Masters champion, competing with C.ABT Racing.

The two drivers are debuting with the car in the newly formed TCR series, but there are no doubts they will be among the fastest in the field and will challenge for the top spots.

The TCR International Series racing weekend will start on Friday with two test sessions. Two practice session and qualifying will be held on Saturday. The two 15-lap races will be run on Sunday.

Photo credit: TCR International Series