It was the best news for Mitchell Cheah for 2020 when he was called to fill in a seat at TCR Germany in October, scoring a pole position in qualifying and a third place finish. But it seems like 2020 still has plans for him as he is now making his way to MotorLand Aragon as a WTCR wildcard entry.
Filling in for Nicky Catsburg, Mitchell was observing the mandatory 14-day quarantine when he received a phone call that pulled him back into the FIA World Touring Car Cup. Mitchell made his debut in the WTCR almost a year ago when he was impressed the crowd as a wildcard entry at Sepang International Circuit.
“I was having to go through quarantine for two weeks when Hyundai Team Engstler called me and broke the news that I would be driving in the WTCR again,” said the 22-year-old racer.
“I was so happy and so glad to get the news and I definitely have to thank the team because of the opportunities they give me, not just in TCR Germany but now in WTCR. I am happy to have this opportunity and I hope to learn as much as I can.”
While Mitchell has no experience in racing at MotorLand Aragon, the simulator provided him vital information and experience in preparing for this challenge. “I have been doing some simulator work just to learn the track so hopefully it will not be too much of a hassle when I get there. I will have to be very focused because the schedule is very tight over two days and it’s going to be tough.”
“My plan for sure is to reach the top level in touring car racing, which is WTCR,” said Cheah, who will be one of four WTCR Rookie Driver contenders at WTCR Race of Aragón. “I’ll be going to a track where everybody raced two weeks ago but hopefully I can finish in the points or be in the middle of the fight in all the races. The then I think I would be happy.”