Team Engstler has launched its 2009 World Touring Car Championship programme, with the focus firmly on securing honours in the Independents' Trophy.
Team boss Franz Engstler finished second in the Independents' title race last year behind Sergio Hernandez and will be joined this season by Kristian Poulsen, who will take on a full-season assault on the WTCC after running a selected programme last year.
However, despite a solid debut year for the BMW outfit in 2008 and the addition of Poulsen to the line-up, team manager Kurt Treml admitted that the pressure to succeed this year will be higher than ever.
“The pressure is growing after the good results we achieved in 2008,” he said. “However, there are so many factors which make a team successful, and the field of the competitors is so strong that we know we'll have to fight hard to succeed.”
The team will benefit from backing from Liqui Moly once again in 2009 and Engstler said the continued support from the team's title sponsor would be important during the year ahead.
“Three main pillars are at the basis of success: team's competence, technology and sponsors,” he said. “That's why we have to thank Liqui Moly for trusting us and exploiting this participation in the World Championship as an important marketing tool.
“I am glad that Kristian joined us. We understand each other very well and I'm sure we can mutually support ourselves.”
Aside from the WTCC programme, the team will also continue to compete in the German ADAC Procar series, running two cars for Roland Hertner and Remo Friberg.