Azcona and Vernay claim pole positions in PURE ETCR

Azcona and Vernay claim pole positions in PURE ETCR

Saturday, 10 July 2021

The PURE ETCR Time Trial session at MotorLand Aragón saw Mikel Azcona and Jean-Karl Vernay claiming pole positions for tomorrow’s final races.
Azcona was the first Pool A driver out and clocked a lap of 1:58.514 that was fast enough for the pole position. After him Augusto Farfus was timed at 1:59.264, while all other drivers did not go under the two-minute mark, with Rodrigo Baptista (2:00.138) third ahead of Jordi Gené (2:00.850), Stefano Coletti (2:00.980) and Tom Chilton (2:01.928).
A mistake in the last set of turns cost Mattias Ekström a few tenths and so Luca Filippi seemed jumped on top of the list. The Romeo Ferraris driver completed a nearly perfect lap in 1:59.250 beating the Swede’s 1:59.638. Oliver Webb was placed provisionally third (1:59.975), but Vernay had an ace up his sleeve and won pole position by 54 thousandths with a lap of 1:59.196. Dániel Nagy (2:00.343) and John Filippi (2:01.084) closed the list.
Before the Time Trial, the Round 2 battles took place over 5 laps. In the Pool A, Azcona and Farfus claimed lights-to-flag wins over Baptista and Gené respectively, while Chilton beat Coletti, passing him at the beginning of the final lap.
The Pool B saw Ekström taking a comfortable victory ahead of John Filippi and Webb beating Nagy after a close fight that was decided by the Hungarian’s mistake at the last turn, while Battle 2 turned into a solo flight for Luca Filippi as Vernay couldn’t start due to a broken driveshaft.
At the end of the day, Azcona – who is still undefeated on the track from the beginning of the season – retained the lead in the standings, eight points clear of Ekström and 22 ahead of Vernay.
The two final races will take place at 09:45 and 16:00 local time (CEST) over the distance of 7 laps.


Championship points
1. M. Azcona 104 pts; 2. M. Ekstrõm 96; 3. JK. Vernay 82


Picture: PURE ETCR

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