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.

Anett György says her Nürburgring Nordschleife initiation is getting easier ahead of rounds five and six of the FIA European Touring Car Cup today.

Andreas Pfister insists he can’t go any faster in the FIA European Touring Car Cup. The German’s SEAT León is built to an older specification, which means it’s slower than the cars used by most of his rivals.

Igor Stefanovski wants a podium return in the FIA European Touring Car Cup, starting with tomorrow’s races on the Nürburgring Nordschleife.

Fábio Mota hit back from a tough start to his second season in the FIA European Touring Car Cup by claiming a deserved third place on the grid for Saturday’s first race.

On pole for the first time in 2017, FIA European Touring Car Cup title leader continued his impressive start to the season at the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife. This is what the Rikli Motorsport Honda driver had to say.

Christjohannes Schreiber has scored the first pole in this season’s FIA European Touring Car Cup, edging Petr Fulín by 0.079s in the closing moments of qualifying on the Nürburgring Nordschleife.