Rodrigo Baptista: ‘We are close to winning a weekend’

Rodrigo Baptista believes that Romeo Ferraris will son be able to claim an overall victory in PURE ETCR, after the Alfa Romeo driver ended the weekend in Aragón in third overall.

Baptista won his first three-car battle on Friday, before being pipped by CUPRA’s Mikel Azcona in his Round 2 battle and then finishing second in his SuperFinal, behind Hyundai’s Augusto Farfus.

The Brazilian also emerged third fastest in his Pool A time trial, something which he felt frustrated by despite the pace of his rivals.

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In the SuperFinal, Baptista benefitted when Farfus and Azcona made contact, before again being the beneficiary following contact between team-mate Stefano Coletti and CUPRA’s Jordi Gené.

Overall, the 24-year-old was pleased with his weekend efforts, which have seen him move up to fourth overall in the drivers’ standings with 106 points, 40 adrift of series leader Jean-Karl Vernay.

“This weekend was really good for us, and not only for me but I think for the whole team,” said Baptista. “We could see the progress from Vallelunga to here and we made a big step forward.

“I am really happy for the team, and for since the first battle I knew the car was really good for the race.

“It was a shame on the time trial, because I wasn’t really happy with that, but on the battle four I could fight for it, and I could finish second so I’m really happy with that.”

Baptista is looking forward to the next event on the streets of Copenhagen in Denmark, saying that Romeo Ferraris is getting closer to an overall ‘King of the Weekend’ win.

“The next round is on a street circuit, and no one knows the track, so I don’t know what to expect. But for sure we are close to winning a weekend.”

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