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ETCC is great, says rookie racer Rodrigues

ETCC is great, says rookie racer Rodrigues

02/07/2017 12:00

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.

Rodrigues usually competes in the ADAC TCR Germany series but switched to the ETCC in his Target Competition Honda Civic on the challenging street track in northern Portugal.

After finishing third on the road – from third on the grid – in Race 1, Rodrigues was demoted to fourth following a clash with Igor Stefanovski, which earned him a 30-second penalty. He was fourth again in Race 2.

“It was a great fight with Stefanovski but I think it was a great result for me and I’m very happy with my performance today in this great championship,” said Rodrigues, a protégé of World Touring Car Championship leader Tiago Monteiro. “It’s an amazing circuit and it’s a pleasure for me to [race] these great drivers. It’s not possible [for me to do more ETCC races this year] because I’m doing TCR Germany but it’s a pleasure for me to be here.”

Fábio Mota fought for a podium finish in both FIA European Touring Car Cup races at Zolder – but had to settle for a best result of fourth place scored in the first of two races in Belgium.

Seventeen-year-old Czech Václav Nimč will step up to the FIA European Touring Car Cup when the all-action series visits his homeland next month for ETCC Race of Most, the final event of the 12-round season.

Rudolf Pešović has explained what went wrong in Race 2 at FIA ETCC Race of Zolder – and his hopes for being back in action for Most finale next month.

Andreas Pfister reckons fifth place is as good as it could have got when the FIA European Touring Car Cup returned to Zolder last weekend.

Petr Fulín has publically thanked his Křenek Motorsport team for the work it did to keep his FIA European Touring Car Cup title bid on course.

Christjohannes Schreiber, Igor Stefanovski, Peter Rikli, Norbert Nagy and Petr Fulín attended the post-race press conference at FIA ETCC Race of Zolder. This is what they had to say.