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.

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.