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Artemyev wants more ETCC action

Artemyev wants more ETCC action

15/05/2017 12:00

Alexandr Artemyev celebrated his maiden FIA European Touring Car Cup podium by revealing his desire to race on in the series.

The Kazakhstan driver was making his annual ETCC appearance at the Hungaroring. And after getting over the disappointment of being stripped of his pole position for a weight check penalty infringement, Artemyev drove his Baporo Motorsport SEAT to a strong second place in Race 2.

“I want to drive, I want to race and I like racing for sure, but it depends on the budget,” said Artemyev. “But I will do my best to be in this championship, there are very fast drivers here, everything is good, I hope we’ll be here.”

Of his penalty in qualifying, Artemyev said: “When I got the penalty I was disappointed and decided to focus mostly on Race 2. Otherwise it would be hard to fight with all the fast cars for the podium. We took our sixth position and I decided to keep this position to have a clean race and after we finished P6 it would be good enough for the second race. Then I found out I would get again a penalty and would move to P10. I was very disappointed and I didn’t know what to do. I said okay, I will try and drive as fast as possible and don’t do any crashes and I’ve had enough penalties already. I decided to be fast but not around limits. Still, it was good enough. Of course I’m really happy for second, it was a good fight in our last lap for first position.”

Mladen Lalušić added to his FIA European Touring Car Cup scoring tally with sixth place in Race 1 at ETCC Race of Vila Real last month.

Zsolt Dávid Szabó’s impressive performances in the FIA European Touring Car Cup have been rewarded with a step up to the FIA World Touring Car Championship with Zengő Motorsport for WTCC Race of Argentina later this month.

Petr Fulín has praised FIA European Touring Car Cup rival Norbert Nagy for giving him a clean fight at ETCC Race of Vila Real last week.

José Rodrigues described the FIA European Touring Car Cup as a “great championship” after his one-off appearance in the series at his home event, ETCC Race of Vila Real.

Andreas Pfister left Portugal for his native Germany with more FIA European Touring Car Cup points in the bag following an encouraging performance in Vila Real last weekend.

Nagy’s mixed ETCC fortunes

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It was a case of differing fortunes for Norbert Nagy when the FIA European Touring Car Cup visited Portugal last week.