Multiple wins for the Veloster N ETCR at MotorLand Aragón
The second round of the all-new PURE ETCR season saw our quartet of drivers each register victories in our Veloster N ETCR in a promising weekend for our team at MotorLand Aragón in Spain.
We were able to increase our points total significantly as we continued to find our feet – and our form – in the exciting electric series.
“We are still learning a great deal about the format and the best strategy for each of the Rounds, but overall, it has been a positive PURE ETCR event for us,” said our Director of Marketing and PR, Stefan Ph. Henrich.
Fast among equals
After winning his head-to-head Battle in Round 2, Augusto Farfus went on to set the second fastest time in Pool A’s time trial session. Starting on the front row start for Round 4’s Super Final, the Brazilian driver was able to put the leader under pressure for several laps. An expert move enabled him to claim the lead of the race on the run down to the first corner.
“We managed to be up to speed from the start, so we started the weekend on the front foot,” he said. “We are still not where we want to be, but we have made some good steps and we showed we are among the fastest in PURE ETCR.”
Joining him in Pool A for a second consecutive weekend was teammate Tom Chilton, who also claimed victory in his Round 2 Battle. He narrowly missed out on top-three finish in Super Final A by just one-tenth-of-a-second after a after a drag race across the finish line.
“This weekend was a big improvement, the car felt a lot stronger and so did I,” said Tom. “I also got my first win, which was fantastic. All in all, a positive weekend.”
Heading in the right direction
In Pool B, John Filippi took an early victory in his first Battle round, seeing off two incredibly strong drivers in the process. He qualified sixth in Round 3’s time trial for Super Final B, in which he finished fifth.
“My weekend started well, and much better than Vallelunga,” said John. “I did a lot of work between the two races, and we improved a great deal during the day with the team. We will learn lessons and I am sure we will do better in Copenhagen.”
His teammate Jean-Karl Vernay finished second in his Round 1 Battle but was unable to start the second on Saturday due to a broken driveshaft. The issue was quickly resolved, enabling him to claim pole position with an impressive lap time. He initially managed to maintain his position at the start but fell to second.
“Overall, it was a mixed weekend,” said Jean-Karl. “I took my first PURE ETCR pole position in Round 3, and I was really excited about the nice lap I was able to put together. We are starting to close the gap to the lead of the championship. We can be satisfied we are going in the right direction.”
Our team has maintained second place in the manufacturers’ standings, scoring 124 points at the event in total, while Jean-Karl sits second in the drivers’ standings.
Stefan concluded: “The team will continue to work hard between now and Copenhagen to ensure we close the gap to the top of the standings even further at the next event. We want to be in the best position to score more victories in the rest of the season.”