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Mota vows to be even mightier on ETCC return

Mota vows to be even mightier on ETCC return

20/04/2017 12:00

Fábio Mota is ready to fight for FIA European Touring Car Cup glory in 2017 after announcing his return to the series for a second season.

Mota, from Portugal, impressed during his rookie ETCC campaign last year, finishing seventh in the ETCC Super 2000 Cup in an older-specification SEAT.

Armed with a current-spec car for 2017, the 29-year-old has high hopes of more on-track success running with Lema Racing albeit under the Lein Racing banner.

“My debut year in the ETCC was really hard as I didn’t know most of the circuits, had a very strong opposition and a car that didn’t have the latest updates, as the ones from my adversaries. In 2017, we will have some new circuits and the field will be even stronger, but I’ll have a full-spec car, which gives me more confidence.

“Last season was tough and demanding, but I grew up as a driver – I’m stronger and I showed that I can fight with any ETCC driver. This year, with a full-spec car, the expectations are higher, of course, but I know I’ll have more and stronger opponents. I’ll give my best and fight for good results.”

Mota, from Vila Nova de Gaia in northern Portugal, will be supported by Würth, Sika, Projectiva, Serafim Marques, Turas, Platoform, Wetor, Glassdrive and NSS. The 2017 season gets underway with ETCC Race of Monza from 28-30 April.

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.