Téo Calvet's Promoter's Cup Glory
Téo Calvet secured the title in the 2022 Promoter’s Cup last weekend at Jarama
Split by 15 points, it was advantage Calvet over his main rival Jamie Anderson, going into the last race weekend of the 2022 season.
Taking a double win in the fist two races on Saturday brought him even closer to his goal, as all that was left for him to do, was to finish fourth or higher in Race Three. With Jamie Anderson qualifying on class pole, Calvet still had the edge as the third race got underway.
Although Anderson won the Promoter’s Cup race, he didn’t outscore the Frenchman enough to keep the championship fight going to the final race and it was Téo Calvet who took the Promoter’s Cup crown for 2022.
With the pressure off his shoulders, Calvet could go all for it in Race Four. Starting from second, he got the jump on Kursim as the lights went green, and he drove home his second overall victory of the season.
“It’s really nice to win the title this year," said Calvet. “It wasn’t easy and it’s the best reward we can have. I would like to thank the team, who did a great job all year. This year honestly was the biggest year of my life with racing, I learnt a lot, not only as a diver but also personally, how to reflect, improve my driving and how to race smarter.”
A bitter sweet end to a strong campaign for British racer Jamie Anderson. He was still in contention for the title and went into the weekend with confidence. It wasn’t a smooth start for the Brit, as he struggled with some technical issues in the first race. His team had their hands full repairing his clutch and gearbox between the races, which saw him start at the back of the grid in Race Two, still climbing onto the bottom step of the category podium.
Qualifying on Promoter’s Cup pole for Race Three, it was all but realistic for Anderson to still turn the boat around. Despite a solid drive and the win in the category, it wasn’t enough though to keep the championship fight going as he had to settle for second.
“It’s a bit bitter sweet, but we can’t take it all negative,” said Anderson. “We really struggled at Misano which put us on the back foot, but since Hungary we’ve really changed our game. Having to work through the night really brought our new team together. We had some phenomenal pace this year and some really good battles and that’s what we need to take away from it. A big credit to my team, you can be the fastest driver on the planet, if you haven’t got the team behind you, or the truck, it all comes to nothing.”
A recurring engine issue from earlier in the season has seen Shane Brereton faced with a tough weekend for his final Goodyear FIA ETRC meeting. In the last race of the weekend he managed to take third in class though, topping off his last outing in the championship with a podium.
It wasn’t the weekend he had hoped for, as Steffen Faas could only take part in Saturday’s racing, where he took second in class and showed some fierce defending skills in a great battle with Shane Brereton. The German had to sit out both races on Sunday due to gasket issues.
José Rodrigues finished the season at Jarama taking two more category podiums.
Clemens Hecker had a mixed weekend in the last round of the season. He recorded a DNF with steering issues in Race Three, but had a fairly clean run on Sunday afternoon to finish the season in sixth.
The last race of the weekend saw Jonathan André take fourth in class, matching his best result at Zolder since he joined after the summer break.
John Newell had a good second outing in the ETRC at Jarama, taking his first overall points of the season in Race Three.
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