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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.”

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