Mota: ETCC results didn’t reflect Hungaroring pace

Mota: ETCC results didn’t reflect Hungaroring pace

16/05/2017 12:00

Fábio Mota says his FIA ETCC Race of Hungaroring results weren’t a true reflection of his pace during the second event of the European Touring Car Cup season.

Mota was fastest in Testing 2 and third quickest in Free Practice but had to settle for eighth on the grid for the first of two races at the Hungarian Grand Prix venue when a track limits infringement dropped him from fourth to eighth. He returned to his native Portugal with a best result of seventh following a frustrating Sunday morning in his Lein Racing SEAT.

“The starts determined the results,” said the Würth, Sika, Projectiva, Serafim Marques, Turas, Plastoform, Wetor, Glassdrive, NSS and RM Tech-backed Portuguese driver. “The launch control never worked well and I lost a lot of places. In the first race I recover to seventh, which allowed me to start the second race from a good position to fight for the win. But once again, the start wasn’t good, and afterwards I had to go to the pits with a broken shock absorber.”

He continued: “At Monza we weren’t competitive, but everybody worked hard to overcome all the difficulties that we felt we had in Italy and arrived in Hungary with a strong pace that allowed us to fight for the top positions. Now, we have to work hard to have a perfect weekend in Germany and to achieve the results that are within our reach.”

The ETCC is back on track in Germany next week with a visit to the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife from 25-27 May.

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.