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Qualifying report: Homola takes Brno ETCC pole

Qualifying report: Homola takes Brno ETCC pole

05/09/2015 17:35

Mato Homola will start round seven of the FIA European Touring Car Cup from pole position after he set the pace in Qualifying at Brno this afternoon, upstaging home favourite Petr Fulín in the process to secure his first top spot of the season.

Driving a Yokohama-shod SEAT León Cup Racer in the headlining Single Make Trophy, Homola’s fastest lap time of 2m11.253s couldn’t be beaten by his ETCC rivals during the 30-minute session. The performance earns Slovakia’s Homola three points in his quest for ETCC title glory as Fulín, who was fastest in both test sessions earlier today, had to settle for fourth.

SMT title leader Dušan Borković will join Homola on the front row of the grid for Sunday’s opening 10-lap race with Dejan Bulatović a season-best third. Borković was 0.388s adrift of Homola, who has yet to win in the ETCC in 2015.

Georgian BMW driver Davit Kajaia was fastest of the TC2T runners in fifth overall with local hero Michal Matĕjovský going quickest in TC2 in another BMW. Meanwhile, young German Niklas Mackschin couldn’t be toppled in the Super 1600 division in his Ford Fiesta.

Race one on Sunday is due to begin with a rolling start at 12h00 local time. Race two will get underway from a standing start at 13h10.

More to follow…

Christjohannes Schreiber will start ETCC Race of Vila Real defending a slender one-point lead in the battle to be crowned FIA European Touring Car Cup champion for 2017.

ETCC Race of Vila Real is set for a live television extravaganza with TVI showing both races as they happen on several digital platforms including TVI Player, TVI24.iol.pt and Facebook.com/tvi24.

Top Portuguese driver Fábio Mota will be hoping to make a big impact on the streets of Vila Real this weekend as he looks to build on his FIA European Touring Car Cup podium double last time out in Germany. This is what the LEIN Racing SEAT driver had to say ahead of his home race.

Top Portuguese driver Fábio Mota will be hoping to make a big impact on the streets of Vila Real this weekend as he looks to build on his FIA European Touring Car Cup podium double last time out in Germany. This is what the LEIN Racing SEAT driver had to say ahead of his home race.

Fábio Mota and FIA European Touring Car Cup rookie José Rodrigues will be aiming for home success when the ETCC heads to Vila Real from 24-25 June. And with Christjohannes Schreiber and Petr Fulín one point apart in the battle for title success, an action-packed weekend is in store on the streets of northern Portugal.

José Rodrigues will make his FIA European Touring Car Cup debut at ETCC Race of Vila Real next week in a Target Competition Honda Civic.

ETCC winner lands WTCC chance

15/06/2017 12:00 - 2017

Manuel Fernandes will go from FIA European Touring Car Cup winner to WTCC rookie when he contests his home round of the World Touring Car Championship in Vila Real, Portugal next week (23-25 June).