The first season of the PURE ETCR is over and with it, the Romeo Ferraris electric adventure as a manufacturer of the electric touring car series. Despite not being able to win the title, the team has a positive balance by finishing second in the innovative tournament.
In this regard, team manager Michela Cerruti offered her point of view on the brand’s foray into the competition. “It was a very intense season for us in every way,” she said.
“On track we had big uncertainties and many obstacles we went through before starting at the first race in Vallelunga, then conquering the first podium of the season in Spain; the first victory and the first double in Denmark; the overall podium in Hungary and the very tight French season finale,” she said.
Death of the Project Leader
Outside the tracks, Cerruti also highlighted the effort it took to be able to compete at the PURE ETCR. She assured that enormous corporate work was done, which was necessary to be competitive. In addition, the death of his father, Aldo Cerruti, also represented a strong blow, but at the same time an encouragement to finish the campaign with everything.
“It is to him (Aldo Cerruti) above all to whom I want to dedicate the second place obtained on the constructors’ classification, because we achieved it by beating a giant like Hyundai Motorsport and fighting with Cupra. My thanks to all the guys at home and on track who have worked hard, day and night, to allow us to get here, and to a partner like M1RA, reliable and solid”, added Romeo Ferraris management.
The French round, fifth and last of the calendar after Vallelunga, Motorland, Copenhagen and Hungaroring, saw Romeo Ferraris conquered two podiums in the DHL Super Final, thanks to Luca Filippi’s second place and third place for Rodrigo Baptista. These points proved crucial for the constructors’ competition, where the Italian team took second place with 579 points, ahead of Hyundai Motorsport.
The Gallic weekend also brought three wins out of four in Round 2 battles, with Filippi, Oliver Webb and Philipp Eng dominating Saturday’s heats. The Austrian, unfortunate protagonist of a contact at the start of the DHL Super Final B that took him out of contention, was the author of the team’s best qualifying performance, finishing second in Time Trial by just 91 thousandths.
Luca Filippi, with 58 points, finished fourth, while the best Romeo Ferraris driver was Rodrigo Baptista, fifth with 248 points.
Written by I Jhonattan González