ETCC MEETING AT THE PORTUGUESE BRAGA RACETRACK Third place for SEAT at the European Touring Car Cup SEAT made it to the podium of the European Touring Car Cup at the meeting held at the Portuguese Braga racetrack. Hungarian driver Norbert ...
ETCC MEETING AT THE PORTUGUESE BRAGA RACETRACK
Third place for SEAT at the European Touring Car Cup
SEAT made it to the podium of the European Touring Car Cup at the meeting held at the Portuguese Braga racetrack. Hungarian driver Norbert Michelisz, recent winner of the SEAT Leon Eurocup, was one of the protagonists of the weekend at the wheel of the SEAT Leon TDI. Michelisz took the pole position and won the first of the two races held, but a fifth position in the second race awarded him the third final position of the meeting behind Briton James Thompson and German Franz Engstler, two drivers with a larger experience and regular participants of the World Touring Car Championship.
The bad weather also played a leading role in Portugal. Both yesterday's practices and today's races were held in the rain, which made the tyre choice especially complicated. Starting from pole, Michelisz dominated the first race, but made a mistake three laps before the finish which allowed Franz Engstler to close up on him. It was a very exciting finish and the SEAT driver crossed the finish line with an advantage of only four tenths of a second.
In the second race, Michelisz was hampered by a multiple accident in the first lap which left him with a damaged steering. Under these circumstances he was not able to fight for a place on the podium, having to settle for the overall third position of the European Touring Car Championship meeting. Winner of the second race was James Thompson. Another SEAT driver, Francisco Carvalho, from Portugal, finished fourth in a Leon TFSI, and Michelisz was able to make a very good use of this participation in the ETCC fighting against much more experienced drivers.
This good result of SEAT adds to the victories achieved in other championships such as the Italian, where Roberto Colciago and Valentina Albanese took the national titles at the wheel of a Leon TFSI and TDI respectively, showing a clear dominance in their classes. The World Championship will be back next week at the Japanese Okayama racetrack, with the official SEAT works team defending the leadership in the drivers' and manufacturers' standings which they have been topping since the start of the season.