ETCR: Azcona crowned King of the Weekend in Vallelunga


Mikel Azcona has been crowned King of the Weekend after an extraordinary fifth round of the FIA ETCR eTouring Car World Cup, Race IT, at Autodromo Vallelunga Piero Taruffi with continuing searing hot temperatures giving all competitors a stern test in the glorious Regione Lazio

Azcona took his first King of the Weekend win as his Hyundai Motorsport N squad were victorious for their first weekend too as they overtook Romeo Ferraris in the standings after a weekend that promised much for the local squad but ultimately delivered a very different weekend than that expected.

Azcona scored the perfect weekend 100-point tally, but he was put under pressure in his Pool FAST DHL Super Final as Romeo Ferraris driver Bruno Spengler pressured him hard alongside down into T1. Azcona ultimately prevailed on that lap and Spengler would subsequently spin out of the race in spectacular fashion, ending his day with a visit to a local hospital for precautionary checks. His Giulia ETCR needed only a brief evaluation to rule it out of further action for the weekend, meaning Maxime Martin’s hitherto perfect points run in Pool FURIOUS could not continue in that DHL Super Final, and the squad also opted not to run Giovanni Venturini either.

The depleted field meant a sparse final Final of the day, with Nicky Catsburg looking to continue Hyundai Motorsport’s fine run until his tyre gave up its battle with a handful of corners left to go, gifting the win to CUPRA’s Mattias Ekström.

Leaving Vallelunga, CUPRA EKS continues to lead the Manufacturers’ standings with 876 points to Hyundai Motorsport N’s 629, whilst Adrien Tambay leads the drivers with 435 points from Ekström on 421 and Azcona on 368.

“This is an incredible feeling. I have wanted to achieve this result with Hyundai Motorsport for a long time this season, and we have done it here in Vallelunga – the place where I took my first King of the Weekend crown,” said Azcona.

“It is a very positive moment, we have made a good improvement as a team and maximised everything from the car. I think we have plenty of opportunities ahead of us in the next events to fight for this result again. Thank you to my team for working so hard every single day – what an amazing weekend.” 

King of the Weekend results from Race IT

  1. Mikel Azcona 100
  2. Mattias Ekström 79
  3. Tom Blomqvist 72
  4. Adrien Tambay 72
  5. Maxime Martin 60
  6. Nicky Catsburg 56
  7. Jean-Karl Vernay 48
  8. Norbert Michelisz 46
  9. Bruno Spengler 44
  10. Luca Filippi 43

Drivers’ Standings after five rounds:

  1. Adrien Tambay 435
  2. Mattias Ekström 421
  3. Mikel Azcona 368
  4. Maxime Martin 360
  5. Tom Blomqvist 334
  6. Bruno Spengler 267
  7. Jean-Karl Vernay 219
  8. Norbert Michelisz 216
  9. Jordi Gené 200
  10. Giovanni Venturini 170

Manufacturers Standings after five rounds:

  1. CUPRA EKS 876
  2. Hyundai Motorsport N 629
  3. Romeo Ferraris 627