Mitchell Cheah (MAL), in the Golf GTI TCR, had every reason to be pleased at the final round of this season’s TCR Malaysia series. The Liqui Moly Team Engstler driver won the fifth race of the season at his home circuit in Sepang in emphatic fashion: making his first appearance in the series, Cheah followed first secured pole position, before setting a new lap record on his way to victory in race one. He then finished runner-up behind Luca Engstler (D, Hyundai) in race two.
Unlike the local favourite, Kai Jordan (D) did not make an appearance on the podium this time. The German, who came into the season finale as the only man who could deny Engstler the title, failed to finish the opening race, before coming home fourth in race two to secure the title in the Cup class for privateers. Following this, Jordan headed off into retirement from active racing. The 49-year-old will still be present with the team as Team Manager for Team Engstler at the TCR Germany.
There he will meet with Mitchell Cheah again. For the 20-year-old the weekend in Sepang has been the perfect preparation for the TCR Germany, in which he will be part of in the 2019 season. The return to the Sepang International Circuit takes place in december the latest, when Cheah will enter the grid of the WTCR – World Touring Car Cup in a Golf GTI TCR as a wild card entry.