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.

Fábio Mota fought for a podium finish in both FIA European Touring Car Cup races at Zolder – but had to settle for a best result of fourth place scored in the first of two races in Belgium.

Seventeen-year-old Czech Václav Nimč will step up to the FIA European Touring Car Cup when the all-action series visits his homeland next month for ETCC Race of Most, the final event of the 12-round season.

Rudolf Pešović has explained what went wrong in Race 2 at FIA ETCC Race of Zolder – and his hopes for being back in action for Most finale next month.

Andreas Pfister reckons fifth place is as good as it could have got when the FIA European Touring Car Cup returned to Zolder last weekend.

Petr Fulín has publically thanked his Křenek Motorsport team for the work it did to keep his FIA European Touring Car Cup title bid on course.

Christjohannes Schreiber, Igor Stefanovski, Peter Rikli, Norbert Nagy and Petr Fulín attended the post-race press conference at FIA ETCC Race of Zolder. This is what they had to say.