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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.

Mladen Lalušić added to his FIA European Touring Car Cup scoring tally with sixth place in Race 1 at ETCC Race of Vila Real last month.

Zsolt Dávid Szabó’s impressive performances in the FIA European Touring Car Cup have been rewarded with a step up to the FIA World Touring Car Championship with Zengő Motorsport for WTCC Race of Argentina later this month.

Petr Fulín has praised FIA European Touring Car Cup rival Norbert Nagy for giving him a clean fight at ETCC Race of Vila Real last week.

José Rodrigues described the FIA European Touring Car Cup as a “great championship” after his one-off appearance in the series at his home event, ETCC Race of Vila Real.

Andreas Pfister left Portugal for his native Germany with more FIA European Touring Car Cup points in the bag following an encouraging performance in Vila Real last weekend.

Nagy’s mixed ETCC fortunes

30/06/2017 12:00 - 2017

It was a case of differing fortunes for Norbert Nagy when the FIA European Touring Car Cup visited Portugal last week.