Filipe Clemente de Souza will join the Liqui Moly Engstler squad for the remained of the FIA World Touring Car Championship season.

The Macanese driver, 37, will take over the controls of the team’s second TC2T-class BMW 320TC racer driven for much of the season by Italian racer Pasquale di Sabatino.

De Souza has been a semi-regular competitor in the World Touring Car Championship’s Asian rounds, having contested his home event for the past three years in normally-aspirated Chevrolets.

The departure of di Sabatino all but hands the Yokohama Trophy title for team owner/driver Franz Engstler, who has claimed class wins in all but two of the fifteen races held to-date. With eight races to go, the German veteran’s sole championship rival is Campos Racing driver John Filippi, who lies a massive 74 points adrift.

The Engstler team will expand to a three-car operation for the Macau season finale when it fields a third BMW 320TC for fellow Macau driver Mak Ka Lok, who has contested the past three years’ WTCC races on his home turf in an RPM Racing-run BMW 320si.

Image via FIA WTCC Media

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