Hyundai Motorsport N enjoyed a sensational slice of luck in The Draw for PURE ETCR Race SP at MotorLand Aragón on Thursday night as all four of its drivers secured the inside starting spot for the opening round of Battles.
Tom Chilton, Augusto Farfus, Jean-Karl Vernay and John Filippi were all drawn in what is effectively ‘pole position’ for Round 1 with Chilton the first on-track tomorrow in Pool A Battle 1.
“I’m not going to lie; when I saw the Pool A and Pool B draw was quite similar to Vallelunga, I was worried,” said the Briton – who started all three of his Battles in Italy from the outside position.
“But I’m really excited to start on the inside for Round 1. It’s a great place to start and to begin the fightback.”
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CUPRA X Zengo Motorsport’s series leader, Mikel Azcona was less fortunate than in Italy. He was drawn on the outside line for Pool A Battle 2, alongside Farfus and Romeo Ferraris – M1RA driver Stefano Coletti.
“It’s not great,” said Azcona. “The outside line is not quite as bad here as it is in Vallelunga though.
“At least it’s my home track, so I’ve driven here a lot. I’ll give it my best for the next two days to try and do some overtaking and score good points.”
CUPRA’s Mattias Ekström – third in the points – joins Vernay, who he battled for victory in DHL SuperFinal B in Italy, in Pool B Battle 1, in what’s sure to be a thrilling fight.
Round 1 Draw