KUALA LUMPUR: Mitchell Cheah is set to continue his swift rise in Touring car racing with a move to the TCR Germany Championship next year.
Sepang International Circuit (SIC) are set to move Mitchell to the German series next season following his impressive debut in TCR Asia this year in which he finished second overall with German outfit Liqui Moly Team Engstler.
Mitchell is under SIC's Driver Talent Development programme headed by ex-Formula One driver Alex Yoong.
“SIC are arranging for me to race in TCR Germany next year and I believe it is a good step-up for me as it is more challenging than TCR Asia,” said the 20-year-old.
“I will likely remain with Team Engstler and continue to drive a Volkwagen Golf, though this has not been finalised.
“Moving up from the Malaysia Championship Series (MCS) to racing in TCR Asia this year was a great experience for me. I learned a lot and I am hoping to continue improving myself as a driver in TCR Germany next year.
“The ultimate goal for me is to drive in World TCR in the next few years and moving to TCR Germany is another step in that direction."
Mitchell, who became the youngest ever driver to win the MCS title last year, hopes to hit the ground running and challenge for honours in his first season in Germany.
“The target for any race driver who is passionate about the sport is to win races,” he said.
“And that is what I hope to do in Germany, though from what I have seen, it will not be easy.”
Sepang will host one of the rounds of the World TCR next year and Mitchell will be receiving a wild card to compete in the race in Malaysia.