PURE ETCR Battle format gets thumbs up from Romeo Ferraris

Romeo Ferraris Operations Manager Michela Cerruti gave PURE ETCR’s Battle format the ‘thumbs up’ after seeing it in action for the first time at Autodromo Vallelunga last week.

As part of the preparations for the world’s first all-electric, multi-brand touring car championship, the series held a ‘Stress Test’ at the Italian venue, running through race formats, operational procedures and staging a mock broadcast of the event.

Following the completion of on-track activities, Cerruti had a positive reaction to seeing the 500kW (670bhp) Giulia ETCR by Romeo Ferraris ‘racing’ against rival machinery from Hyundai Motorsport and CUPRA Racing.

“We’ve tested the new weekend format, which I find very interesting and attractive,” Cerruti said.

“Given the very tight timing, the entire ETCR operation has become for us a very stressful test! More seriously, the activity at Vallelunga has been very positive.

Stefano Coletti, confirmed in March as the first Giulia ETCR race driver, took part in last week’s race simulations, which began under PURE ETCR’s unique Starting Gate.

With newly-announced team-mate Luca Filippi unable to attend the event, former European Le Mans Series Champion Oli Webb stood in and sampled the Romeo Ferraris-built car for the first time.

Cerruti praised the input from both drivers during the test, which utilised both long and short layouts of the Italian circuit.

“We had the possibility to test on different track configuration and with different battery voltages, allowing Stefano to continue the development work with the car,” she added.

“I was happy to benefit from Oliver’s cooperation during these days. He proved his great experience in motorsport and his approach was optimal. After having announced Coletti and Luca Filippi, we are optimising our resources for the other two drivers”.

PURE ETCR begins at Vallelunga on June 18-20.

More news