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A challenging weekend at the Zandvoort circuit for the Mountain Wolf Lamborghini

Located right next to the sea, the demanding Zandvoort track not only features ups and downs but also reflected the weekend’s sporting challenges for Luca Engstler. Saturday did not go as planned for Luca Engstler in the Mountain Wolf Lamborghini.

Luca Engstler's Race Marred by Pit Incident, GRT Mechanic Injured

After a challenging qualifying session in Zandvoort, Luca Engstler aimed for the points in the first race. During Engstler’s pit stop on lap 13, there was an incident in which GRT mechanic Noah Folie was injured in the foot. Engstler initially resumed the race, but three laps later, the Lamborghini young driver had to return to the pits and retire the car. In the DTM, a points finish for Luca Engstler in Sunday’s race was the best they could achieve after the unfortunate pit incident in the first race. The Mountain Wolf team wishes a speedy recovery!

Engstler Overcomes Setbacks to Secure Points in Zandvoort

Despite the challenges on Saturday, Engstler delivered a remarkable performance on Sunday. Driving the #19 Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO2 from the Lamborghini Team LIQUI MOLY by GRT, he secured a hard-earned twelfth-place finish in Zandvoort. The 24-year-old had fallen back to 17th position during a tumultuous race but fought back with determination to ensure his fifth points finish in six races. This performance highlights the potential and resolve of the young driver, who battled through tough conditions and intense competition to secure valuable points for his team in front of 28,000 spectators.

The past race weekend in Zandvoort was marked by highs and lows for Engstler and his team. The incident during the pit stop on Saturday was a setback, but it was partly offset by the strong performance on Sunday. Engstler once again demonstrated his ability to recover from setbacks and perform under pressure.

From July 5th to 7th, 2024, the points chase for Luca Engstler in the DTM continues at the Norisring. The historic street circuit in Nuremberg features tight corners and long straights, posing a maximum challenge for both car and driver. Engstler and his team will do everything to carry the momentum from the last race and further improve their performance. Fans and motorsport enthusiasts can look forward to an exciting weekend, where Luca Engstler will once again showcase why he is considered a rising star in GT racing.

In addition to preparing for the race, the team has been working intensively on optimizing the setup for the Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO2 to achieve the best possible performance on the demanding Norisring street circuit. The support of the fans and the collective commitment of the team will be crucial in achieving the desired result.

Luca Engstler (GER)
#19 Lamborghini Team Liqui Moly by GRT
Qualifying 1: P19 – Rennen 1: DNF
Qualifying 2: P13 – Rennen 2: P12

“Of course, it was a weekend with ups and downs, especially after the incident on Saturday. The most important thing is that Noah recovers quickly. It was truly a cursed day, but we bounced back well on Sunday. It looked difficult at the start, but then we had good pace. The guys delivered a fantastic pit stop and we had great racing on the track. We need to improve in qualifying because our Lamborghini always performs well in the race. We know we have homework to do, and now we are focusing on the Norisring.“

Luca Engstler

“The weekend had more lows than highs. As a team principal, it’s the worst when someone from the crew gets injured. It’s the last thing you want to see. It was a series of very unfortunate events. Fortunately, it wasn’t more serious. Noah will undergo foot surgery, and we wish him the speediest recovery so he can be back with us soon.

Sportingly, it was very tricky for us in the DTM qualifying sessions. We just didn’t deliver the performance there, and with this level of competition, you immediately pay the price. Luca’s race on Sunday was very good and definitely a small bright spot after nothing seemed to go our way before.”

Gottfried Grasser, team principal of GRT

Photos: © Axel Weichert

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