Hyundai Motorsport N’s Tom Chilton is hoping for a ‘lucky draw’ at PURE ETCR’s Race SP at MotorLand Aragón this weekend.
Unlike most racing championships, PURE ETCR uses a random draw to determine starting positions and then pitches drivers into a series of short, sharp Battles for points across each weekend, with the top scorer earning King of the Weekend status.
Chilton’s Hyundai Veloster N ETCR was drawn on the outside for his Round 1 battle at Vallelunga last time out; its occupant finding overtaking tough on the 1.7km ‘Club’ layout that was used for Round 1 and 2.
The Briton; formerly a class champion in both the British and World Touring Car Championships, fared better on Sunday with a strong run to second in Time Trial A, but was forced out of DHL SuperFinal A with a puncture.
“I’m hoping to be slightly luckier with The Draw, which proved incredibly influential in my weekend in Vallelunga,” said Chilton.
“I feel I was really able to demonstrate what I could do with the Hyundai Veloster N ETCR in the Time Trial and the SuperFinal, but on the first day I was disadvantaged by starting on the outside.
Chilton’s DHL SuperFinal retirement means he is 12th in the points table, but remains confident of moving up the order in Spain.
“We all learned a lot from the first event and I look forward to using that experience to fight for wins in Aragón,” he added.
Race SP is the first event of the PURE ETCR season at which fans will be allowed to attend.
A limited number of 6,400 pre-booked tickets are available following a decision by the local Security Board to allow attendance. The first 300 tickets purchased will include bonus access to the PURE View Terrace on Friday.