PURE ETCR’s season finale at Pau-Arnos E-Circuit was the perfect embodiment of France’s vision for electric racing in the coming years, according to the country’s motorsport chief.
President of the Fédération Française du Sport Automobile (FFSA), Nicolas Deschaux, believes the event – which was held in partnership with the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup – was a fitting blend of touring car traditions with technical innovation.
“Hosting a touring car series focused on new energies like PURE ETCR, on a circuit that is part of our national motorsport heritage, will make the event unique,” he told the FIA Sport Newsletter, an official publication from motorsport’s global governing body.
“Promoting this mix of innovation and tradition perfectly reflects the FFSA’s vision for the coming years.”
The event was won – fittingly – by Frenchman Jean-Karl Vernay of Hyundai Motorsport N. Vernay led a one-two result for Hyundai ahead of team-mate Augusto Farfus to end the season second in the points.
A dramatic season finale featured a first-corner collision for series leader Mattias Ekström, who was fortunate to return to the track after pitting to replace a punctured tyre, and continued to finish fifth with a damaged car.
That was just enough for the Swede to seal the world’s first all-electric touring car title by just four points ahead of Vernay as the series left a lasting impression on viewers.