The Liqui Moly Engstler Team has announced that it has signed Hong Kong racer Charles Ka-Ki Ng to drive for the team full-time in the upcoming World Touring Car Championship season. Ng replaces Independent Trophy champion Kristian Poulsen, who announced his retirement upon winning the title at the end of last season.
Ng will partner team owner Franz Engstler for the entire season in the team’s two-car BMW line-up, having competed in the three Asian flyaway races at the end of last season. He drove a normally-aspirated BMW 320si in his first outing at Suzuka, before switching to a 320TC model for the final rounds at Shanghai and Macau. He drove impressively at the former, and claimed a points’ finish in his first race.
The 27-year-old is the former Asian Touring Car Series champion; he also is a successful competitor in ‘drifting’.
“It was a very promising start for him [at Shanghai],” Engstler team manager Kurt Treml is quoted as saying in a team media release.
“Charles has moved to live in our town, works together with the mechanics and trains on the simulator. He is quickly integrating himself with the team.”
The team will be hoping to successfully defend its team championship in the Independent Trophy standings. Last year, Poulsen claimed six class wins to win the drivers’ title by two points, while Engstler claimed a further four class wins (including a sensational outright win at Oschersleben) to finish third in the standings.