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ETCC Q&A: Andreas Pfister

ETCC Q&A: Andreas Pfister

19/05/2017 12:00

Andreas Pfister is flying the flag for Germany in this year’s FIA European Touring Car Cup. And as an established – and accomplished – ETCC racer, the SEAT driver is hoping for an upturn in fortune when the series resumes at the Nürburgring Nordschleife next week following a tough start to his campaign.

What’s the appeal of the ETCC?
“It’s the amazing race tracks we go to, Monza, Vila Real, the Nürburgring Nordschleife, very special places. And you have Most and Zolder, one of the most amazing race tracks you can go to.”

Have you set a target for this season?
“It’s a big challenge every year to be here so the first success is to be on the grid. We managed that for many years and I’m very proud of it. We can be in the top five for sure and if we have a little luck we can be more on the top.”

You don’t just race but do lots of other jobs as well?
“For sure racing is my life and we work hard with my team to do the ETCC and try to improve. We organise the Chevrolet Eurocup with five races over Europe for beginners but also gentlemen drivers. It’s rather cheap, fun and nice to organise. We have some tough races. The aim is to develop drivers from Chevrolet Europcup to ETCC to open them new opportunities.”

What about future opportunities for you – is the WTCC a target?
“The first step has to be with two cars on the grid so we work on it this season to develop it. If we can achieve this, then we look at worldwide racing.”

And a world on the ETCC’s live TV coverage – how important is this for you?
“It’s very important. Even in Germany we have to do a lot of work to promote the series but people look more and more at it and it’s also fun for us.”

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

30/06/2017 12:00 - 2017

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