It's a big win for the Golf GTI TCR at the first race in 2018 of the 24H series, the 24H Dubai.

The GTI TCR touring car claimed a TCR class victory in the race, which also gave it a win for the TCE touring car category. DRivers Luca Engstler, Florian Thoma, Benjamin Leuchter, and Jean-Karl Vernay drove the Liqui Moly Team Engstler GTI to the win. The GTI was even able to stay ahead of the theoretically faster GT4 series cars.

VW Motorsports Director Sven Smeets said "congratulations to Liqui Moly Team Engstler. Perfect preparation, a great team, a clever strategy and a strong driver line-up have made this fantastic result possible. At the same time, the Golf GTI TCR has shown its strengths once again and what it is capable of in a 24 hours race."

The GTI TCR uses the 2.0L turbo four from the standard GTI, but boosts it to a massive 350 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. The TCR is built for the TCR class touring car rules, which mean that it's largely a Golf shape with lots of changes. Like a body that's been widened by six inches to help clear wide tires and allow more aerodynamic tweaks.

The 24H Dubai is the first race of the eight race 24H series that sees a mix of 12 and 24-hour races. The cars race on tracks like Silverstone in England, Imola in Italy, and the Circuit of the Americas, located in Texas.