CUPRA and Mikel Azcona defend the PURE ETCR lead at their home race
- PURE ETCR arrives at Motorland-Aragon (Spain), the home race for CUPRA and two of its drivers, Mikel Azcona and Jordi Gené
- Azcona leads the championship after being crowned “King of the weekend” a few weeks ago in Vallelunga (Italy) and the CUPRA e-Racer is the car to beat
- The World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) will also race in Aragon and local drivers Azcona and Gené will participate in both championships
Martorell, 08-07-2021 – The present and the future of racing meet this weekend at the Motorland-Aragon Circuit (Teruel, Spain). The World Touring Car World Cup (WTCR), contested by the most advanced combustion touring cars in the world, and the PURE ETCR will share the same circuit in an event where CUPRA takes to the track in pursuit of the best results in both championships.
Mikel Azcona and CUPRA proved at the inaugural PURE ETCR meeting in Vallelunga (Italy) a few weeks ago that they are ready to fight for the first drivers’ and teams’ title in an electric touring car championship with the CUPRA e-Racer, its first electric racing car, capable of delivering up to 500kW (680 PS). Mikel scored maximum points at the Italian event (77) and was joined on the final podium by his team-mate Mattias Ekström, who also had a great performance. Jordi Gené, fourth, and Dániel Nagy, ninth, completed a good start to the new championship for CUPRA.
The Zengo Motorsport X CUPRA team is aiming to once again fight for the victory in PURE ETCR. The track promises to offer short and intense races between different cars, with which to thrill both the public in the grandstands and those watching the race from home on television.
Aragon will represent an additional challenge for two of the CUPRA team drivers, Azcona and Gené, as they will also be taking part in the WTCR event at Motorland-Aragon at the wheel of their CUPRA Leon Competición cars. When they jump out of the 500kW (680 PS), rear-wheel drive electric car, they will have to change their mindset to adapt to the front-wheel drive, 380 PS internal combustion vehicle.
“We come to Aragon as PURE ETCR leaders after our victory at Vallelunga and our main goal is to leave the circuit in the same position. We are ready to fight for victory with the CUPRA e-Racer and continue to prove that electric touring car racing is very exciting,” says Mikel Azcona, CUPRA driver in PURE ETCR and WTCR. “I know I will have to do double duty, combining both championships, but at CUPRA we love challenges and I also have very good memories of this circuit, as last year we achieved the first victory for CUPRA Leon Competición in the WTCR… we want to get back on top of the podium!”
Aragon is also special for Jordi Gené, who has returned to racing full-time this season with an intense programme that combines traditional touring car racing and the future of motorsport. “I’m looking forward to getting out on track at Motorland-Aragon to try to score as many points as possible in both championships. We are going to give it our all at our home race,” said the Spaniard.
A very special event for CUPRA
This race is very special for CUPRA, as the Motorland-Aragon circuit is just over 200 kilometers away from the brand’s headquarters and the place where both the CUPRA Leon Competición and the CUPRA e-Racer have been designed, developed and produced.
In addition, Mikel Azcona and Jordi Gené will also be competing at home, in front of the public that will fill the grandstands for the first time in a long time and who will discover first-hand the excitement of electric technology in racing. The presence of the fans will be an additional boost for both as they fight for podium finishes in the two championships in which they are competing.