France was the perfect setting for the grand finale of the PURE ETCR. Despite not being included on the calendar, the race in Pau-Arnos delivered and exceeded all expectations for the triumphant closing of the innovative electric touring car series.
The race in France was organized at the last minute after the suspension of Korea as a venue due to COVID-19 restrictions. The competition’s directors pointed out that there was not enough time for the ship carrying everything related to the tournament to reach port due to the adverse conditions of the pandemic in Asia.
The president of the Fédération Française du Sport Automobile (FFSA), Nicolas Deschaux, believes that the event, which was held in association with the WTCR (FIA World Touring Car Cup), was an appropriate combination of tradition and technical innovation.
The leader showed his satisfaction with the results and opened the country’s doors for more events of this type to take place, and that the PURE ETCR final will only be the starting point for the tournament to come back again
“Organizing a new energy-focused touring car series like PURE ETCR, on a circuit that is part of our national heritage of the sport, made the event unique,” Deschaux told the FIA Sport Newsletter, an official publication of motorsport’s world governing body. He emphasized that promoting this combination of innovation and tradition perfectly reflects the FFSA’s vision for the coming years.
The Pau-Arnos event was won by Frenchman Jean-Karl Vernay of Hyundai Motorsport N. Vernay led a one-two result for the team, ahead of teammate Augusto Farfus to finish the season second in the points.
A dramatic end to the campaign featured a first corner collision for series points leader Mattias Ekström, who was fortunate to return to the track after pitting to replace a flat tire, and went on to finish fifth with a damaged car.
That was enough for the Swede to seal the first all-electric touring car world title by just four points ahead of Vernay, and left a taste of a competition that, apparently, is here to stay due to the good reception it received from the fans.
Written by I Jhonattan González