June is approaching, the month in which the PURE ETCR, a series of electric passenger cars, will finally have its starting point for the 2021 season after several adjustments in the calendar due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The drivers and teams are preparing for the fight that will take place in Vallelunga, as is the case of Jordi Gené, from CUPRA Racing, who counts the hours until the competition begins, which he has described as “very exciting”.
Gené, with extensive experience in these races and this type of car, is one of the three drivers already confirmed to be at the wheel of the CUPRA e-Racer, in the first series of fully electric touring cars in the world and will be joined by Mattias Ekström and Mikel Azcona.
The Spaniard says he is ready to get to the starting point of the tournament’s inaugural race, having driven in the recent Track Stress Test in which the series format was simulated with multiple cars.
“I have not raced at such a high level in the last five years,” said Gené, who will also compete in the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup in a CUPRA this season.
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“I’ve been testing, so I’ve been driving the cars, but not racing.” A racing weekend brings out different things in a driver. It’s not just about driving, it’s the way you prepare for the start, for the races. fighting, making the lap time in a single lap during qualifying ”, he declared to the official website of the PURE ETCR.
“I’m not trying to make excuses because if I’m here doing this, I have to get it right from the start. But for sure the first three or four races in both series will be a bit difficult for me,” he added.
Gené has been, for the last three seasons, the main development driver for CUPRA’s ETCR vehicle, which has recently become the e-Racer and will carry the hopes of the Spanish brand in PURE ETCR this year.
His past in passenger cars
In addition, the Barcelona-born one referred to the experience of competing at TCR International in 2015, which came after a couple of years away from the regular tournament.
“I had been out of racing for two or three years and the first half of the season was tough, but the second half of the season I was struggling to win races with Pepe Oriola, Stefano Comini or Rob Huff at the end,” he recalled.
“It takes some time to get this rhythm. There are two or three tenths that come alone, but it is only when you are really used to it that things come up without thinking,” Gené concluded.
Written by I Jhonattan González