Title favorite Ekstrom on pole for the PURE ETCR showdown
The Swede won his second round battle against teammate Jordi Gene – knocking the Spaniard out of the title fight in the process and reducing the shootout to one between him, Jean-Karl Vernay and Mikel Azcona.
He then set the best time of his time trial – the maximum power of 500 kW in one-lap shootout – to ensure he starts SuperFinal B – the last track battle of the year. – from pole position.
Hyundai driver Vernay – beaten to victory in round 1 in Pool B by Ekstr
As a result, Ekstrom holds a 34 point lead over Vernay with 50 available for tomorrow’s SuperFinal. Azcona is a point back.
A fifth place in SuperFinal B will secure Ekström the first world title in fully electric touring cars. Vernay must finish at least second and hope for disaster to befall the series leader to win the title himself.
“I’m going to approach it as I approach any race,” said Ekstrom. “The plan is to lead Turn 1 and use as much power-ups as possible to build a big gap and win that way.”
Azcona won’t be on track with either of their rivals tomorrow, but must finish third or more in SuperFinal A to stay in the title race by the start of SuperFinal B.
He faces a tough task, however, after crossing the gravel at Turn 3 in an A time trial which was dominated by Farfus, meaning he starts fifth on the grid tomorrow.
The other Round 2 winners were the Romeo Ferraris-M1RA trio Philipp Eng, Oli Webb and Luca Filippi, who defeated Tom Chilton, John Filippi (both Hyundai) and Daniel Nagy (CUPRA) respectively – the latter qualifying as a shock second for the SuperFinal A – respectively.