PURE ETCR racers prepare for Copenhagen street fight

The battle for the world’s first all-electric, multi-brand touring car title continues in Denmark this weekend as the city of Copenhagen plays host to PURE ETCR’s first-ever street fight with Race DK.

Following third place at the season-opener and victory at MotorLand Aragón last time out, CUPRA X Zengo Motorsport’s Mattias Ekström leads the Drivers’ Standings with 146 points; 22 more than Hyundai Motorsport N’s Jean-Karl Vernay.

Ekström and team-mate Mikel Azcona were unbeaten across Rounds 1 and 2 at each of the first two events and have picked up one event victory apiece, while Vernay and his fellow Hyundai Veloster N ETCR driver Augusto Farfus have both had one runner-up spot.

“Copenhagen will be very special event because we are returning to the location where PURE ETCR was launched twelve months ago,” Farfus said.

“We have been improving our performance and getting stronger over the first two rounds. We still haven’t managed to get a King of the Weekend victory, and this is clearly our mission for Copenhagen. First, we have to learn the track quickly to execute the best race weekend.”

Now the battle for supremacy moves onto the Bellahøj Park temporary circuit as the showpiece series of the Copenhagen Historic Grand Prix – moving the event into new territory as the ultra-innovative series, complete with Starting Gates and the most powerful touring cars ever created, joins a host of classic racing cars to show the advances in technology and point towards motorsport’s cleaner future.

Copenhagen was the scene of the official launch of the 2021 season last October as Farfus drove his Hyundai racer through the city’s streets and finished his run inside the Energy Station, where he announced Hyundai’s participation in the series.

Copenhagen aims to become the world’s first net-carbon-neutral capital city by 2025 and currently has more electrified vehicles per head than almost any other city in the world. Denmark, as a whole, has targeted having 775,000 all-electric vehicles on the road by 2030.

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