James Thompson and Hartmann Honda Racing reclaimed the European Cup
Last year Hartmann Honda Racing and the team's British driver James Thompson claimed its first common title, when they won FIA's official European Touring Car Cup. With podium positions in both races in the final round of the series at the Franciacorta circuit in Italy, the partners reclaimed that title.
"I defended the title and that was the important thing," James Thompson said after his title win. "I came to the circuit with that as my ambition, and I chose a very conservative driving style."
During qualifying which was held in dry weather condition the Brit was the fastest driver, but in the two races that were held on a wet circuit Sunday, he both times finished in third position and claimed the points necessary to take the title.
"With this weather it would have been easy to jeopardize the job done during the entire season by taking unnecessary risks," the new European Cup winner says. "It would be difficult to beat Michel over a race distance so I focused on finishing both races in the points."
"Of course we are happy to claim the championship, but we are a bit disappointed that we did not take the win in at least one of the races," team owner Hans Hartmann says. "We didn't quite find the set-up that was needed to be fast in the wet conditions, so for us it was important to get the car home in the points."
"We were fastest in all practice and qualifying sessions, while it was dry, and we won the championship. We cannot be disappointed with that result."