Talented youngster Luca Engstler managed to convert pole position in to a maiden victory at the inaugural TCR Middle East race in Dubai, almost seven seconds ahead of the Alfa Romeo Guilietta of Michela Cerruti.
The 16 year Engstler Motorsport racer, in preparation for what should be an ultra competitive TCR Germany campaign, lost the lead to teammate Mat’o Homola at the start, but the Slovakian was given a drive-through for a false start giving Engstler the lead again and he never looked back as a close battle for the podium spots raged.
Cerruti, who had started in fourth spot, managed to squeeze the little Alfa past the Volkswagon Golfs of Engstler’s teammates Filip Sladecka and Brandon Gdovic to finally take second spot.
Sladecka would eventually retire with Gdovic claiming the final podium place in third ahead of and impressive debut for the Audi RS3 LMS in hands of James Kaye for CadSpeed.
Stefan Goede in the fifth Engstler car would take fifth ahead of a recovering Homola and a disappointed Kane Astin in the Red Camel-Jordans.nl SEAT Leon who would round out the finishers.