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Remembering when… ETCC took to the streets

Remembering when… ETCC took to the streets

12/02/2017 12:00

History was made in the current era of the FIA European Touring Car Cup when Vila Real in Portugal hosted the series’ first street race back in June 2016.

Kris Richard moved joint top of the ETCC Super 2000 Cup standings with his fourth victory of the year on the taxing street layout. But it was local driver Manuel Fernandes who thrilled the Portuguese fans with a dramatic home win in Race 1 when a puncture sent fellow SEAT driver Norbert Nagy wide and out of the lead.

Nagy hit back with third in the reverse-grid Race 2 behind Fernandes as Richard charged through from fourth in his TCN2-specification Honda Civic to win.

Petr Fulín was second in Race 1 ahead of Peter Rikli. But contact between the pair in Race 2 dropped Rikli out of contention and handed Fulín a drive-through penalty, plus the loss of his title advantage.

Niklas Mackshin was a double winner in the Super 1600 Cup, while Kevin Hilgenhövel, Tomáš Korený and Andreas Rinke took category podiums.

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.

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.

FIA European Touring Car Cup drivers will relish the opportunity to race at Monza this season according to former ETCC driver turned factory Honda WTCC star Norbert Michelisz.

There will be entertainment on and off the track when the 2017 FIA European Touring Car Cup season concludes at Autodrom Most in October.

Igor Stefanovski is “doing everything in his power” to chase more success in the FIA European Touring Car Cup in 2017.