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Great weekend at Nordschleife



Race 1 flash: Fulín claims Nordschleife ETCC gold

Petr Fulín has won the opening FIA ETCC Race of Nürburgring Nordschleife by slender margin of 0.132s ahead of Kris Richard.

The Czech started on pole in his SEAT and got the better of his Honda-driving Swiss rival for his third win of 2016.

Championship newcomer Teddy Clairet gave Peugeot’s 308 Racing Cup a strong debut in third place with team-mate David Pouget just behind.

Peter Rikli fought through from the back of the grid following his qualifying crash to finish fifth in his Honda with Christjohannes Schreiber completing the Super 2000 Cup top six.

Austrian rookie David Griessner was the top Super 1600 Cup finisher but issues with noise eligibility means it’s his ETH Tuning team-mate Andreas Rinke who takes the honours in a Peugeot 207 Sport.

Race 2 flash: Richard rises to ETCC Nordschleife triumph

Kris Richard worked with way up the order to claim victory in the second FIA ETCC Race of Nürburgring Nordschleife.

Starting seventh on the reverse-grid following his second place in Race 1, Richard climbed to third place on the opening lap, behind Fábio Mota and his team-mate Peter Rikli.

Mota continued to lead as the cars headed on to the third and final lap, but his margin was just 0.045 seconds over Richard, with the young Swiss driver then moving into the lead. His victory means he and Petr Fulín both have three wins apiece from six races in 2016.

Mota would end up fourth, behind the two similar SEAT cars of Krenek Motorsport drivers Christjohannes Schreiber and Fulín.

The two new Peugeot 308 Racing Cup cars finished fifth and sixth in the hands of Teddy Clairet and David Pouget. Rikli slipped back to seventh, while Mladen Lalušić fell to eighth on the first lap having started on pole.

After failing to finish Race 1, Niklas Mackschin bounced back to dominate the Super 1600 class, 23 seconds ahead of Andres Rinke with Pavlo Kopylets close behind in third.