Full attack for the third round of FIA ETCR
Our team is determined to fight for victory at the Race SP this weekend, which will take place at the Circuito del Jarama.
Our Director of Marketing and PR, Stefan, said: “We’ve learned a great deal in the first two rounds of the season, and now we’re looking to strengthen our position further at the Race SP. Back-to-back weekends are never easy, as we only have a short turnaround time between events to implement our learnings, but the advantage is that we can continue our momentum from one to the next.”
A twisty tale
Situated in the north of Madrid, the 3.85km track will present the drivers with a relentless array of tight and twisty turns.
Boasting a home advantage, Mikel is hoping to have a strong performance at a track where he has plentiful previous experience.
“The Race SP is undoubtably the most important event of the season for me,” he admitted. “The Circuito del Jarama is a very old track that I’ve been driving since 2012 and it’s one of my favourites in Spain. It’s going to be very challenging with the electric car; there are big kerbs at the circuit and with these cars, we need to take care under these conditions.”
Jean-Karl Vernay has never driven at the circuit before, but is excited to take on the challenge.
“Hopefully we will be able to continue with our positive pace and be quite strong in qualifying with no mistakes in the races,” said the Frenchman. “We need to score maximum points, so that has to be our target this weekend to ensure we stay in the fight.”
An electric debutant
A familiar face to our team will make his FIA ETCR in Jarama. Nicky will take to the cockpit of the Veloster N ETCR for the first time in Race SP.
“I am looking forward to working with the team again after our time together in WTCR,” he said. “I’ve been keeping a close eye on the first two rounds and I think we are in a good position to fight for victories. In testing I’ve been impressed with the speed and overall package of the Veloster N ETCR, and I feel completely ready to hit the ground running.”
Norbert last drove the Spanish circuit in the late 2000s, and is looking to carry forward the positive momentum from his home event in Hungary.
“Everything is in place to have a successful weekend,” commented Norbert. “Jarama is a proper old-fashioned circuit with a lot of crests and elevation changes. There’s a mix of low speed and high speed corners, so for me the key to success will be to have confidence in the car and find the sweet spot between setting it up and driving it – which is always the challenge with the ETCR cars.”
Race SP takes place this weekend (June 17-19)