Charles Ng Kicks off 2012 WTCC Season at Monza [SNAPSHOTS]

Posted on Mar 12, 2012 In Charles Ng Non Drifting

We caught up with Charles Ng at Autodromo di Monza in Italy for the kick off of the 2012 World Touring Car Championship to talk drifting, touring cars, and his new position as driver of the Team Engstler/Liqui Moly BMW in the FIA World Touring Car Championship.

As we had previously reported, Charles Ng will not be returning for the 2012 Formula Drift season with his Nitto Tire/Evasive Motorsports FC RX7 as he was picked up to compete in the full FIA WTCC season with Team Engstler. Having had little seat time to prepare with the new BMW, Charles is facing a challenging start to the 2012 season, however when we had spoke with him, he reported that he was shaving off a second with each lap out in the car and was feeling confident looking forward to the rest of the season.

When we asked Charles if he would be returning to drifting, he reinforced his love for the sport, and stated that a return would not be out of the question. Charles asked us to wish his Formula Drift family and friends the best of luck during the 2012 season on his behalf.┬áIf you’re on the west coast, you can come out to Sonoma to cheer on Charles Ng when the FIA World Touring Car Championship hits US shores in September at Infineon Raceway.

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  1. Kwong Chi Shing says:

    Charles!! make some drifting in WTCC.

  2. lifer says:

    Some say being skilled in drifting makes you a better road racer. Look at Dai and TMAC. Shaving seconds off is big in their sport. Best of luck to him.

  3. blaze1 says:

    I wonder what his salary looks like compared to the top earner in FD. Go Charles!!

  4. Shaving off a second per lap also means you have a lot of work to do. Qualifying times are usually separated by hundredths of a second. If he podiums at the end of the season that would be a stellar performance and worthy of a multi-year contract.

  5. lifer says:

    @ KBR

    My point exactly. He is learning the car and track so he is consistantly running faster chopping a second or so each lap. The article is refering to his progress in practice and with that kind of driving performance, that is big because he is nailing the track and the car without mechanical issues or blaming something else. There was no mention of qualifying in the article in reference to his progress in lap times. If that was his status in qualifying then yes there is something wrong.

  6. Even if that was qualifying I would still say he’s doing well. From his showing in FD he has talent and great car control skills. Over half the drivers in that series are rich guys with a racing fetish. He’s gonna be up against some pretty seasoned guys so I hope he does really well. He would be an excellent ambassador for drifting.

  7. Sam says:

    I will be there at Sonoma! Go Charles!

  8. lifer says:

    @ KBR

    I completely agree. I spoke with charles back in Oct 2009 at Irwindale. He is very humble and definatly showed his talent on how fast he adapted to a track he never drifted on before at the Proam event that weekend. He is the a great guy to represent drifting in the road racing community.