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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.

Monza in Italy hosts the opening rounds of the FIA European Touring Car Cup from 28-30 April. Here’s a list of the key timings.

Fans attending the FIA European Touring Car Cup’s eagerly-anticipated return to Monza later this month are in for a big treat.

Rikli Motorsport will chase more FIA European Touring Car Cup success in 2017 with a new-look line-up. After guiding Kris Richard to ETCC Super 2000 Cup title gold last season, the Swiss squad has recruited up-and-coming talent Christjohannes Schreiber to partner team regular, ETCC stalwart and fellow Swiss Peter Rikli in its TCN2-specification Honda Civics.

Rikli Motorsport will chase more FIA European Touring Car Cup success in 2017 with a new-look line-up. After guiding Kris Richard to ETCC Super 2000 Cup title gold last season, the Swiss squad has recruited up-and-coming talent Christjohannes Schreiber to partner team regular, ETCC stalwart and fellow Swiss Peter Rikli in its TCN2-specification Honda Civics.

Jean Todt, the President of the FIA European Touring Car Cup’s governing body, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile, and the Chairman of the Executive Board and Co-CEO of JCDecaux, Jean-Charles Decaux, were in Paris on Friday to launch the first worldwide outdoor campaign on road safety.

ETCC 2017 calendar refresher

01/03/2017 12:00 - 2017

The FIA European Touring Car Cup is go at Monza in Italy next month (28-30 April) and here’s a reminder of the full schedule for the season ahead.

Entrance tickets to what is set to be one of the most popular events of the FIA European Touring Car Cup season are now on sale.