PURE ETCR’s Battle format is ‘here to stay’ according to the latest star driver confirmed to compete in the world’s first all-electric, multi-brand touring car series; Mikel Azcona.
The 24-year-old Spaniard was announced as the third member of CUPRA Racing’s 2021 season line-up on Tuesday, joining Mattias Ekström and Jordi Gené behind the wheel of the all-new e-Racer.
And he can’t wait to experience the intensity of the short, sharp, knock-out events that will showcase the mindblowing potential of the most powerful touring cars ever built to a global audience.
“I am very excited to be part of the CUPRA team in PURE ETCR and to compete with the CUPRA e-Racer,” Azcona said.
“I am sure that this new competition format is here to stay and that it will be the future of racing.”
The innovative new format replaces that of a traditional circuit race for the PURE ETCR competitors. A random draw will determine grid positions for the numerous short, sharp, knockout Battles instead of a more common qualifying session.
The winners of these Battles progress to the latter stages of the contest, with the winner of the ‘A’ final being crowned King of Queen of the event.
Racers will line up at the beginning of each Battle inside PURE ETCR’s giant Starting Gate, with razor-sharp reactions needed to reach Turn One in first place after the gates swing open at a moment’s notice.
Azcona, a race winner in the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup in each of the past two seasons and a former TCR Europe Champion in CUPRA cars, is new to electric racing this year.
Following the inaugural run of the CUPRA e-Racer using the complete ETCR technical kit at MotorLand Aragòn last week, he is keen to climb behind the wheel and experience the 500kW (670bhp) racer, which can accelerate from 0-100kph in just 3.2 seconds.
“I really want to start, get in the car and continue developing the car together with Jordi and Mattias,” he added.
“It will be something totally new for me because it is very different from the CUPRA Leon Competición that I have competed with in the WTCR this past year, but we will work hard to arrive as best prepared as possible at the start of the championship.”