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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.

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.