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TCR Europe title bid boosts Azcona’s WTCR problem

The 25-year-old is heading Cupra Racing’s problem on the WTCR with three podiums previously 4 races in his Cupra Leon Competicion.

He additionally holds a commanding lead in TCR Europe, having received 5 occasions, and closed in on securing the title within the penultimate spherical of the championship at Monza final weekend.

Azcona’s chief rival Franco Girolami (Honda Civic Sort R) pipped him to win on Saturday by simply zero.2 seconds after Azcona caught the Argentinean within the closing levels.

A 30-second penalty for passing Azcona beneath yellow flags then value Girolami victory in Sunday’s second race, handing the win to Mat’o Homola’s Hyundai i30 N.

Second and fourth positions – after his personal 5s penalty – prolonged Azcona’s championship result in 53 factors, with 90 obtainable on the Barcelona finale.

Mikel Azcona, Cupra

Mikel Azcona, Cupra

Picture by: Cupra

The collection’ requirement for drivers to drop two scores additional boosts Azcona’s place, as he missed the races at Zandvoort in June attributable to a conflict with the inaugural occasion of the all-electric touring automotive collection Pure ETCR, which he’s additionally contesting.

Azcona bounced again from that absence with 4 consecutive wins at Spa and the Nurburgring.

“I’d really feel actually blissful to be the European champion once more in 2021,” stated Azcona, who beforehand received the TCR Europe title in 2018.

“It means we’re on the best stage of touring automotive racing in Europe and all over the world.

“For me, it’s motivation to proceed pushing, bettering, coaching, and it’s the gasoline for me to proceed profitable races.

“It’s been actually busy this 12 months, driving in three championships.

“I believe that TCR Europe helps me to enhance my abilities as a result of it means I’m within the race automotive virtually each weekend, driving and bettering the automotive, driving completely different set-ups.

Mikel Azcona, Zengo Motorsport CUPRA Leon Competición

Mikel Azcona, Zengo Motorsport CUPRA Leon Competición

Picture by: WTCR

“It helps me after I go to WTCR as a result of the extent there’s actually, actually excessive.

“It’s very tough when you find yourself driving with world champion drivers at this excessive stage, however I believe it [the extra seat time] helps.”

The TCR Europe finale at Barcelona takes place on the identical weekend (9-10 October) as WTCR’s Czech Republic spherical at Most however Azcona plans to journey between the 2 venues to compete in each occasions.

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