BMW drivers Petr Fulín dominated his home race meeting at Brno Automotodrom today, winning both races in his Krenek Motorsport BMW 320si and clinching the European title in the Super 2000 class.
Fulín and his team-mate and fellow Czech countryman Michal Matějovský were in a league of their own, but while Matějovský spoiled his chances with two mistakes – not stopping at the weighing bridge in qualifying, that cost him a grid penalty, and then spinning out in the first race – Fulín kept his head cool and rejected the attempts of his only rival, the 19-year old Mat’o Homola.
His victories also gave the Nations’ Cup to Czech Republic.
After struggling in qualifying and in the first race, Mario Dablander claimed another victory in Race 2 – the third of the season for him – that was crucial to secure the Single-Make Trophy crown while his rivals were fighting for positions behind him. If Dablander was celebrating his title, Hungarian youngster Ferenc Ficza emerged as the event’s winner thanks to a couple of second places.
With the Super 1600 title already awarded to him for the second consecutive year, Kevin Krammes fought in both races with Gilles Bruckner and eventually had to bow to his rival who scored a double victory. His first in ETCC.
In the Ladies’ Trophy, Ulrike Krafft won the Czech event by finishing twice third in the Super 1600 class; however, this was not enough to close the gap in the standings and the title went to Rikli Motorsport’s Andrina Gugger.
RACE 1 – FULÍN WINS RACE AND TITLE
On his home racetrack Petr Fulín claimed a dominant lights-to-flag victory and secured the Super 2000 European Touring Car Cup title. In the Single-Make Trophy, Aurélien Comte managed to steal victory from Ferenc Ficza at the last corner to boost his titles hopes; before the final race Mario Dablander is still leading the classifications but his margin was reduced to three points ahead of Comte and five ahead of Jordi Oriola.
Gilles Bruckner scored his maiden victory in Super 1600, beating the class champion Kevin Krammes in a close battle that lasted the whole race.
RACE 2 – DABLANDER GRABS SMT CROWN
Petr Fulín and Gilles Bruckner encored their Race 1 victories, while Mario Dablander won the Single-Make Trophy and grabbed the category’s title.
Dablander took the lead at the start but then had to leave the way to the faster Super 2000 cars of Fulín, Mat’o Homola and Dušan Borković. However, he was able to defenf the fourth position overall that gave him victory in the class and the title as well, while Ferenc Ficza stole second place from Andreas Pfister on the last lap.
In the Super 1600 Gilles Bruckner overtook the class champion Kevin Krammes also on the last lap. Ulrike Krafft finished third and won the Ladies’ Trophy for the Czech event, but lost the title to Andrina Gugger.