The FIA World Touring Car Championship’s curtain closer at Macau will have a bumper field of 34 cars, with the Liqui Moly Team Engstler outfit confirming that it will field a further two normally-aspirated two BMW 320si cars for Masako Kano and Jo Merszei.
The grid will be the biggest in the series’ history since the championship was re-formed in 2005, and of this bumper field, eleven locally-based drivers will compete for the new EuroSport Asia Trophy class alongside the series’ regular pilots.
The Macau race will be Kano’s second WTCC outing of the 2013 season, following his last-minute call-up to the Engstler team at Suzuka last month when team owner Franz Engstler was sidelined by illness. The 37-year-old has driven at either the Japanese or Macau rounds of the WTCC every year since 2008, with a best-placed finish of twelfth at Suzuka in 2011.
Merszei has been a regular at the Guia Race of Macau, having competed in an Engstler BMW every year since 2009. The Macanese driver has a best finish of thirteenth, earned in the second race on the street circuit last year.
Kano and Merszei will form a five-car line-up for the team, with the pair driving alongside series regulars Franz Engstler and Charles Ng in the team’s turbocharged 320TC racers, while Macau-based Henry Ho will drive a normally-aspired BMW 320si.
This year’s Macau Grand Prix will be the event’s sixtieth running.