Early-career uncertainty a driving force behind Eng’s PURE ETCR success

Romeo Ferraris-M1RA driver Philipp Eng says uncertainty during the early stages of his racing life has been a critical factor in the extraordinary start he’s made to his PURE ETCR career.

Despite having driven the Giulia ETCR by Romeo Ferraris for just half a day before his debut event, Eng stunned the paddock regulars by taking a sensational victory at the first attempt at Race DK on the streets of Copenhagen.

The 31-year-old Austrian, who replaced Stefano Coletti after the opening two events of the season, finished second in Hungary to add to his Danish victory.

He has scored more points – 143 – across those two events than any other driver to lie ninth in the Drivers’ standings and remarkably retains a chance of a top-six overall finish.

“I think it goes back to a time in my career when on a Friday I didn’t know if I was driving on Saturday because we simply didn’t have the budget,” Eng reflected.“Every time I’m in a racecar I feel like I have to perform because you’re only ever as good as your last race – or even your last session.

“It was never an excuse to be inexperienced in a series because the team gives you the responsibility to drive their car as quickly as possible.

“I’m just happy I’ve got familiar with the Giulia ETCR by Romeo Ferraris so quickly.”

While Eng’s partial campaign means he is not able to win the world’s first all-electric, multi-brand touring car title, his team-mate Rodrigo Baptista – fifth in the points – is.

Romeo Ferraris-M1RA hold second place in the Manufacturers’ title race and are one of three organisations still in with a chance of claiming the crown at the series finale at Pau-Arnos E-Circuit on October 15.

Re-live Philipp Eng’s Race DK victory.

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