Flash news n.4 - FIA ETCC - Paul Ricard (FR) - 21.04.2014
Mato after the race: "On Sunday, it was raining and I was actually surprised how my new car worked in both dry or wet conditions. I would really like to thanks to the guys in our team for doing great job with the set-up.
In the first race, I have started from the 3rd position as my rival Franz Engstler with BMW retired from the race. After the start I was 2nd later on 4th, basically it was all changing in every corner. I was also very surprised that I could chase front-wheel-drive race cars, which have an advantage in wet conditions.
I was the first BMW and in 5th lap I had a great pace and I had a chance to overtake 2 cars at the same time. Unfortunately one of them – Norbert Kiss with Alfa Romeo pushed me slightly on the blue stripe, which is extremely slippery. With the 5th gear on I got into huge spin which resulted into 3 times crash into the concrete wall.
I have to admit that it was my fault. I could have slowed down a bit and go behind Norbi. But I wanted to risk and get the second place, because I knew I am faster. The crash was big but it looks like the engine is okay. We have to check what has to be repaired and replaced.
FIA ETCC Slovakia Ring is on 11th of May and we want to be ready for the race, because we know we have the pace. Every home-event in front of Slovak fans was great so I hope it will be the same this time!."
This weekend Team Homola Motorsport with Mato Homola start European Touring Car Cup FIA ETCC in France – at Paul Ricard Racing Circuit in Le Castellet. The circuit has in shorter version 3,8 km. There are around 31 FIA ETCC race drivers signed up for this race.
Last year's FIA European Touring Car Cup S2000 runner-up Mat'o Homola will return for the 2014 ETCC season, driving in the top tier TC2T class with a BMW 320 TC.
The 19-year-old finished second in last year's S2000 standings, taking two wins, one at his home race at the Slovakiaring and one at Pergusa, Italy.