The two-time DTM title winner and FIA World Rallycross champion 2016 continued Cupra’s impressive debut in the new series of fully electric tin cars by winning the second championship meeting of the season at the Motorland circuit Aragon.
The championship shared the poster with the FIA World Touring Car Cup on the Spanish site.
Ekstrom led most of the distance on a sweltering day to add a Pure ETCR victory to his impressive motorsport resume.
After a good start, he widened a two-second gap over pole-sitter Jean-Karl Vernay’s Hyundai at mid-distance and held it for the remainder of the seven-lap race.
The victory allows Cupra X Zengo Motorsport driver to open a 22-point lead in the championship standings over Vernay, while Ekstrom’s teammate Jordi Gene climbed to third place.
Mattias Ekstrom, pure ETCR
Photo by: Pure ETCR
After driving top-tier touring cars for most of his career, Ekstrom says he’s enjoying this latest touring car challenge and is calling for more manufacturers to join the series.
“I had a good weekend so I’m very happy. Aside from my overly cautious qualifying lap, I’m happy with the performance, ”said Ekstrom.
“It would have been nice to have Luca Filippi in the Superfinal, but he had a problem. I was looking forward to this battle.
“I didn’t expect to love Pure ETCR so much, but every weekend I enjoy it more. I would be very happy to see a lot more manufacturers and riders come and fight with us, because it’s a really cool concept and I think we’ve proven that it’s very action-packed as well.
The championship will now travel to Denmark for its first street circuit race on a 2.4 km circuit in the nation’s capital, Copenhagen, August 6-8. The track has already hosted the historic Copenhagen Grand Prix since 2013.