Kristian Poulsen will pair up with Franz Engstler for the 2011 WTCC season Kristian Poulsen and Franz Engstler will reunite as team-mates in this year’s World Touring Car Championship, having previously been team-mates in the Liqui Moly Team Engstler outfit in 2009.

Poulsen’s eponymous team will join forces with Engstler’s for the 2011 season, running a pair of BMW 320TC models with the new-for-2011 1.6-litre turbocharged engines.

“We are happy to re-establish the cooperation with Kristian and his team. We are confident that this will give us good chances to successfully fight for the independent title once again,” said Liqui Moly Team Engstler team manager Kurt Treml.

Poulsen finished an impressive 14th overall in the Drivers’ Championship standings in the 2010 season, and an impressive streak of results in the second half of the season (including seven Independent Trophy wins, the most of any driver that year) saw him in contention to take the Independents’ Trophy title, which eventually went to Sergio Hernández.

The veteran Engstler finished 17th overall in last year’s overall standings with a run of three consecutive points’ finishes in the final three races of the season, and he finished second in the Independents’ Trophy standings with a single class win.

The pair have already run together in last weekend’s Dubai 24 Hours event, running as high as fourth overall in their BMW Z4 before mechanical problems struck and they dropped to 18th in class after a lengthy pit stop. The event was won by former RBM BMW driver Augusto Farfus.

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