Mikel Azcona scored a sensational victory in DHL SuperFinal A from the back of the grid to put himself in prime position to be crowned King of the Weekend at PURE ETCR Race IT.
The Zengo Motorsport X CUPRA driver did not complete a lap in Round 3 after suffering a puncture-induced spin, meaning his e-Racer was relegated to the back of the grid.
But the Spaniard judged the seven-lap race to perfection; moving up to third place by the end of the second lap and then benefitting when Hyundai Motorsport N – who had dominated the early stages of the race – hit trouble.
First Tom Chilton’s Veloster N ETCR – which had been running second – was forced out with a puncture, and one lap later polesitter Augusto Farfus spun out of the lead at the Tornantino hairpin and returned to the pits.
That cleared the way for Azcona to take the chequered flag and move on to 77 points for the event; meaning he will be crowned King of the Weekend later this afternoon unless team-mate Mattias Ekström wins SuperFinal B.
“It’s an amazing final to win the first DHL SuperFinal,” said Azcona. “Starting last, I was thinking about the strategy with my team. We knew it was going to be a difficult race.
“The first goal was to overtake the Giulia on the first lap. We had a close battle and it was amazing. I was pushing to pass Farfus. I saw him spin and I won. I feel super.”
Azcona’s team-mate Jordi Gené made it a CUPRA one-two, 4.221s behind, while Rodrigo Baptista was the final finisher for Romeo Ferraris – M1RA.
Baptista saved his Power-Up until late in the race and closed in on Gené before snatching second place into Turn 1 on the final lap. The Brazilian overshot the chicane later in the lap though and fell back behind his rival.
Stefano Coletti, in the other Giulia ETCR by Romeo Ferraris, retired on the opening lap after running wide exiting Turn 3.