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Mikel Azconahe gives Zengo Motorsport X Cuprahe made history by defeating the opponents and getting victory in the opening stage Pure ETCR in the cycle Vallelunga.
After winning, the Spaniard became the first winner of the new racing category for electric multi-tourers.
Azcona was one of six riders in Group A for two rounds of ‘War’ on Saturday, and led the standings after two wins.
But a twist caused by a punctured tire during the Team A Test, which took place on Sunday morning and formed the SuperFinal A grid later that day, saw him start the longest race last weekend.
An impressive turnaround saw him take the win after the Hyundai Motorsport N Velosters of Augusto Farfus and Tom Chilton had solo punctures as they claimed first and second places.
“We made history by reaching the first weekend of Pure ETCR and winning,” said Azcona.
“I’m very happy because after free practice I was confident for the Time Trial, but I was very unlucky when I got a puncture in the back and had to start the Final.”
“It was very difficult to start with five fast cars in front of me, but I got good information from the team about how to use the Power-Up and I’m very happy.”
“Cupra was fast all weekend and the team did a great job. I’m sad for my teammate, who wasn’t so lucky. This is a great way to start the season.”
Azcona’s victory in SuperFinal A against fellow Cupra Jordi Gene meant that the third Cupra driven by Ekstrom, who had qualified for SuperFinal B, would be the only driver to beat him overall.
Photo by: ETCR
Unfortunately for Ekstrom, he was disqualified from the Time Trial results after Team Zengo worked on his car in the pits during the session, in violation of regulations.
As Azcona advanced to victory, Ekstrom intercepted the pitch; he finished less than a second behind winner Jean-Karl Vernay, whose result put the Hyundai driver in second place overall, ahead of Ekstrom.
Gene was fourth overall with Romeo Ferraris – M1RA drivers Luca Filippi and Rodrigo Baptista – both completing the podium in their respective SuperFinals – fifth and sixth overall.
Briton Oli Webb (Romeo Ferraris – M1RA) and Chilton were eighth in the standings after the opening stage.
The series runs over three weeks at Motorland Aragon, Spain, as part of a double competition with the FIA World Touring Car Cup.
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