July 21, 2022

Promoter's Cup review Nürburgring

After a tough few races, Téo Calvet turned around his campaign last weekend, and put himself back into the hunt for the Promoter's Cup title.

The young Frenchman kicked off the weekend with a win in race 1 followed by a podium in the afternoon. After qualifying sixth in Super Pole on Sunday, he drove a solid race to take home another win. In the last race of the weekend, Téo started from second alongside Jamie Anderson. The British driver got a great start and managed to get away quickly, with the Buggyra ZM Racing driver unable to catch him. Second place was enough though to put Calvet on top of the Promoter’s Cup standings again, going into the summer break.

“Finally I have a good position, it feels good to be back on top," said Calvet. "I felt good at the start of the weekend, and I left the past weeks behind me. I'm really happy."

Having had a great run of six consecutive wins, British racer Jamie Anderson hit a few bumps in the road in Germany. The start of his weekend was affected by issues with the power steering which left him unable to finish the first race. Anderson’s race 2 was hurt early when he was given a drive through penalty for crossing the white line at the start. 

After not taking part in qualifying and starting from the back of the grid on Sunday, Anderson turned things around. He escaped being tangled in first lap contact between Shane Brereton and Jose Rodrigues and began climbing up the field, to look like he was going to mount a challenge for class win. Had there been two more laps in the race, Anderson really might have won it, as he crossed the line half a second behind Calvet.

Starting on reverse pole in the final race of the weekend, the British racer was quick off the line, defending his position from the charging Téo Calvet and holding onto the lead through the first lap. Norbert Kiss was on usual form, climbing up through the field. In an almost direct copy paste situation of Anderson’s first win, Kiss moved past Halm for second with three laps to go, and a four second gap to close. Kiss was lapping between half a second and a second faster than Anderson, but the Brit had just enough of a buffer to cross the line first. He finished his turbulent weekend on a high, securing his second overall victory and also the win in the Promoter's Cup.

Shane Brereton had a bit of a mixed weekend in Germany as the British driver was unable to challenge for podium positions. With both Calvet and Anderson scoring valuable points, the British driver has dropped back into third position in the overall standings.

José Rodrigues took home two podiums and a good points haul from the weekend at the Nürburgring.

Steffen Faas’ weekend didn’t start as planned with a DNF in the first race when he lost engine power. He came back with a solid performance on Sunday and a clean run in the third race, to take another podium to add to his tally.

Clemens Hecker got on top of the issues with the Lambda readings, which affected his racing at the Slovakia Ring, scoring a total of 24 points at the Nürburgring.

Lukas Hahn had an incredible run in his home race at the Nürburgring. He started into the weekend with a second place. The German had a flawless second race, taking his maiden Goodyear FIA ETRC victory in front of his home crowd. Starting from reverse pole, Hahn handled the pressure of leading the race expertly, making no mistakes in the 12 lap race. Antonio Albacete tried to mount an attack in the closing stages of the race, but Hahn stayed cool under pressure to bring home the Overall and Promoter’s Cup win.  

“It was an amazing feeling to stand on top of the podium," said Hahn. "There are so many people here with me, my family and friends, celebrating this victory. It means a lot to win here. It’s for my grandfather Conni, he would be very proud.”

Another podium finish in the last race on Sunday rounded off a really successful outing for Hahn.

Luis Recuenco had another clean run after his last outing in Slovakia and, like fellow race-by-race entry Stefan Kursch, finished all four races in Germany.

Emma Mäkinen showed good and consistent performance on her debut in the Goodyear FIA, as she finished all four races.

It didn’t go too well for Erin Kleinnagelvoort, as the Dutch racer had an engine failure on the penultimate lap in race 2, putting him in the barriers at the final chicane. Heavy damage to his engine prevented him from taking part in Sunday’s races.

Promoter’s Cup Standings

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