Luca Filippi and Philipp Eng from Team Romeo Ferraris won both Superfinals of the Pure ETCR electric touring car series in Copenhagen last weekend. Matthias Ekström in the Cupra Leon continues to lead the overall standings.
In Superfinal A, Luca Filipi narrowly beat Cupra driver Matthias Ekström. The Swedish driver had started the race from the first grid position and was initially able to narrowly beat Filippi in the Romeo Ferraris. Later, however, Filippi was able to overtake Ekström’s Cupra Leon ETCR – but in doing so he touched both Ekström and the wall slightly. In the end, Filippi crossed the finish line 0.118 seconds ahead of Ekström.
In Superfinal B, Filippi’s teammate Philipp Eng prevailed. The Austrian had started from pole position and also finished first. During the race, Eng was put under pressure by Tom Chilton in the Hyundai, but Chilton retired one lap before the end – which meant that places 2 and 3 in Superfinal B went to Cupra drivers Jordi Gené and Mikel Azcona.
Although the two Superfinals are held separately, they are counted together for the overall ranking. Here, Eng was crowned “King of the Weekend” – ahead of Filippi and Ekström. After the third race weekend, Ekström leads the overall standings with 210 points, while Cupra is ahead in the manufacturers’ standings with 396 points.
After the first two race weekends in Vallelunga (Italy) and Aragón (Spain) on permanent circuits, the weekend in Copenhagen was the first Pure ETCR event on a street circuit. In its premiere season, Copenhagen will remain the only street circuit: The other races are again scheduled on permanent circuits with the Hungaroring in Hungary and the Inje Speedium in South Korea.
Three cars are currently competing in the Pure ETCR: The Cupra Leon, the Hyundai Veloster and the Romeo Ferraris Giulia – the latter being a private team that has converted the Alfa Romeo Giulia into an electric racing car on its own. The electric drive system, which can produce up to 500 kW, is a standard component and is the same for all cars for cost reasons. For each race weekend, the field is divided into two new groups (Pool A and Pool B) by lot. In these pools, various ‘battles’, time trials and, at the end, the Superfinal are held.
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