Cupra driver Matthias Ekström has secured the drivers' title in the inaugural season of the Pure ETCR electric touring car series after five race weekends. Cupra also emerged victorious in the manufacturers' classification.
Since June, three cars have competed against each other in the Pure ETCR: the Cupra Leon, the Hyundai Veloster and the Romeo Ferraris Giulia - the latter being a private team that has converted the Alfa Romeo Giulia into an electric racing car under its own steam. In the drivers' standings, Hyundai driver Jean-Karl Vernay and Cupra driver Mikel Akcona lined up behind Ekström. In the manufacturers' standings, Romeo Ferraris secured second place behind Cupra by the narrowest of margins. Hyundai finished third, one point behind.
The five race weekends took place at Vallelunga (Italy), Aragón (Spain), Copenhagen (Denmark), the Hungaroring (Hungary) and the Inje Speedium (South Korea). Copenhagen was a street circuit, while all the other locations were permanent race tracks. At each race weekend, the field was divided by lot into two new groups (Pool A and Pool B). In these pools, various "battles", time trials and, at the end, the Superfinal then took place. As a standard component, all three racing teams had an e-drive with up to 500 kW on board.
As reported, from the second season the Pure ETCR will officially become an FIA World Cup and then be called the FIA eTouring Car World Cup. For the racing series, this means a formal upgrade. The racing series is organised by the promoter Eurosport Events, which belongs to the Discovery Group - previously as a private racing series. With the categorisation of the Automobile World Federation as a World Cup, the series will be officially recognised from next year.