Mikel Azcona’s victory at PURE ETCR’s Race IT last weekend has made him the first driver to don the Goodyear #FollowTheLeader jacket as the the series inaugural points leader.
The 24-year-old Spaniard was in inspired form for Zengo Motorsport X CUPRA at Vallelunga, winning both of his Saturday battles in his CUPRA e-Racer and then adding victory in DHL SuperFinal A.
With team-mate Mattias Ekström matching his Saturday results, but falling just short of SuperFinal B victory, Azcona was confirmed as the King of the Weekend and the series leader while watching from the pitlane on Sunday afternoon.
Azcona’s adaptation to the e-Racer was meteoric, given that he’d only had three days of testing in the car before arriving at Vallelunga.
“I’ve always believed that one of my main qualities as a driver is that I adapt very quickly to changes,” he added.
“I showed this in 2019 when I arrived in the WTCR and scored a victory on one of the most difficult circuits – Vila Real – where I’d never raced before.
“Between races I work very hard, training in the simulator, watching videos and analysing data, anticipating the weekend so that once I get to the circuit I can put everything I’ve learned into practice.”
Azcona’s nearest challenger in the standings is Hyundai Motorsport N’s Jean-Karl Vernay, who is five points behind.
The Frenchman was the winner of DHL SuperFinal B in his Veloster N ETCR to end the weekend on a high.
Ekström is next up with Jordi Gené – who completed a CUPRA one-two in SuperFinal B behind Azcona – fourth overall.
Romeo Ferraris – M1RA drivers Luca Filippi and Rodrigo Baptista each finished third in their respective DHL SuperFinals; Baptista after swapping positions with Gené twice on the final lap.
They lie fifth and sixth in the standings to ensure that each manufacturer is represented in the top five following the opening round.