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ETCC Race 2 flash: Fulín wins to secure 2017 title*

ETCC Race 2 flash: Fulín wins to secure 2017 title*

08/10/2017 12:58

Petr Fulín ensured he was crowned champion of the 2017 FIA European Touring Car Cup by scoring a comfortable home victory in the second encounter of the FIA ETCC Race of Most in the Czech Republic on Sunday.

The 40-year-old Krenek Motorsport driver hit the front when title rival Christjohannes Schreiber crashed his Rikli Motorsport Honda Civic while challenging Igor Stefanovski for the lead on lap six. As Stefanovski’s SEAT was delayed by the contact, Fulín swept past and made good his escape to secure the championship in emphatic fashion.

Stefanovski started from pole position for the reverse-grid race following his eighth place finish in Race 1, a result of a drive-through penalty for punting Fulín at Turn 1. But it was the Steibel Motorsport Volkswagen Golf TCR of Czech racer Václav Nimč who led from the start after making a better getaway from the front row.

But Stefanovski and Schreiber passed Nimč on lap two and began a battle for the lead. Schreiber started the finale six points down on points leader Fulín, so victory was imperative to his hopes of snatching the crown. But when he made his bid for the lead, he ended up with two wheels on the grass and his season finished in the barriers.

There was disappointment for Hungarian Norbert Nagy, who was Fulín’s closest challenger coming into the race just three points down. But he was never a threat to his rival in the final round of the season. After Schreiber’s crash, the Zengő Motorsport SEAT León challenged Stefanovski for second and briefly took the place, only for Nagy to outbrake himself into Turn 1. The lost momentum allowed on-the-road Race 1 victor Plamen Kralev to get past.

Kralev then passed Stefanovski at the start of lap 10 to finish second behind the new champion, with Nagy down in third.

Petr Fulín Jr, the 21-year-old son of the title winner, capped a strong ETCC debut with a fine fourth in his SEAT ahead of Stefanovski and Nimč, who rounded out the top six in his Golf.

*Subject to confirmation of the results by the FIA

Petr Fulín ensured he was crowned the 2017 FIA European Touring Car Cup winner with a comfortable home victory in the second encounter at ETCC Race of Most in the Czech Republic earlier today (Sunday).

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