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Rikli “very bitter” after bad luck in ETCC

Rikli “very bitter” after bad luck in ETCC

18/05/2017 12:00

Peter Rikli said he was “very bitter” after a second victory in as many events slipped from his grasp in the FIA European Touring Car Cup.

After a track limits penalty cut short his winning celebrations at Monza last month, the Swiss was on course to land his first win of the new ETCC season in the second of two races at the Hungaroring last weekend.

However, a mechanical fault on the final lap dropped him from first to P10 in the final classification as Rikli Motorsport team-mate Christjohannes Schreiber went on to take victory, his third in four races.

“A cheap part is broken and it’s the second victory running through my fingers – I’m very bitter,” said Rikli.

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.