ETCC: Hartmann Racing and Engstrom Motorsport join forces

Hartmann Racing and Engstrom Motorsport unite their efforts for 2010 The two most success-full Honda teams within touring car racing in Northern Europe have united for the coming season. Denmark-based Hartmann Racing and Sweden's Engstrom ...

Hartmann Racing and Engstrom Motorsport unite their efforts for 2010

The two most success-full Honda teams within touring car racing in Northern Europe have united for the coming season. Denmark-based Hartmann Racing and Sweden's Engstrom Motorsport will be fighting together in 2010 for the European Touring Car Cup.

"We know each other very well from the last three years, as both teams have taken part in the European Touring Car Cup, which we clinched last year, and based on this background we have been discussing ways of co-operating. Now it is a reality," team owner Hans Hartmann of Hartmann Racing says.

"I am looking forward to working with Hans and the guys from his team, as they have given a good impression of themselves, when we have been fighting in the European finals over the last three seasons," Tomas Engstrom says.

Since 2001 the Swede has taken part in the Swedish counterpart to the Danish Touringcar Championship, and with the exception of his first year in the series he has always been driving a Honda, which his Engstrom Motorsport has entered. Not only in Swedish racing, but also in WTCC and ETCC races. Tomas Engstrom's team-mate for the coming year will be James Thompson, who is the defending European Touring Car Cup winner.

"Like in Scandinavia where Sweden and Denmark have joined to make a Scandinavian series, we have also been looking at ways of working together," Hans Hartmann explains. "We will be using the cars that Hartmann Racing entered last year in the DTC series and the European final. Over the winter the cars have been updated so that they are fully competitive, and they will be run from our workshop in Herning."

"Our ambition of course is to win everything that we will enter," Tomas Engstrom says. Personally he finished runner-up in the 2007 season in the European Touring Car Cup - a series, where James Thompson is the reigning champion.

The title defence for the Danish-Swedish partnership will begin at the end of this month. The first of the three round of the European Touring Car Cup takes places on March 27th-28th at the Braga circuit in Portugal - the very same circuit, where Hartmann Racing last year claimed the title. Later on there will be races at Salzburgring in Austria in July and at Franciacorta in Italy in October.

-source: hartmann racing

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Drivers James Thompson , Tomas Engstrom