Hyundai Motorsport N and Romeo Ferraris-M1RA both enjoyed an excellent start to PURE ETCR Race HU as Friday Night’s draw put both in advantageous positions for the opening round of Battle.
Both Augusto Farfus and John Filippi were drawn on the inside line for their Pool A Round 1 Battles; Farfus needing to fight off the attention of both CUPRA X Zengo Motorsport’s Jordi Gené and Romeo Ferraris-M1RA’s King of Copenhagen Philipp Eng.
The Giulia ETCRs of Rodrigo Baptista – a podium finisher in Spain – and Luca Filippi will start the Pool B opening-round battles from the inside.
The final Round 1 Battle will set up the mouth-watering prospect of Filippi against Hyundai’s Jean-Karl Vernay and CUPRA’s Mikel Azcona.
Like Azcona, his points-leading team-mate Mattias Ekström was drawn on the outside for his Pool A Battle against John Filippi – the recipient of the Drivers’ Choice – and newcomer Luigi Ferrara.
CUPRA were selected to win the Golden Ticket, giving them the option to switch the position of two of their cars, but opted against using it.
“We have three outside lines out of four,” Head of CUPRA Racing Xavi Serra said. “We have second for Jordi so we don’t see any advantage in switching.”