Auto Shows The people behind the success of Cupra on the racetrack

18:30  18 october  2021
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Every success on the racetrack begins with a team that works hard in the background and grows beyond. Xavi Serra is the head of the Cupra team and draws the threads for the brand both in the Touring Car World Cup (WTCR) as well as in the electric Pure-Etcr, which has been introduced in 2021.

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It's not just the drivers like Mikel Azcona and Jordi genes that start both in the WTCR and in the Pure-EtCR, but also the team off the track, which makes the difference. "My role in the team is, research and development as well as controlling the teams in all championships in which we start," says Serra, who also pulled the strings in the championship victory of Mattias Ekström in Pure-Etcr.

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Cupra cooperates with Zengo from Hungary and sets four riders in both categories. This operational support is important if the two series start the same weekend or even start at the same time on a route. This was three times the case this year - even at the race weekend in Pau-Arnos.

on two Pure ETCR cars, for example, work six engineers and nine mechanics. These include the tire and electro-specificists. Engineers need to cope with both the WTCR internal combustion engine and the 500 kilowatt Pure ETCR electric drive. Aitor Lago is the racing engineer at Cupra.

Cupra Racing team members © Motorsport.com Cupra Racing Team Members

Cupra Racing Team Members

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He explains: "I have the relationships with the drivers, which is why we talk about the vehicle settings and strategies we want to apply in the race. I also take care of radio traffic during the race. If a car is on the track, I meet the decisions, which is why I have to think quickly. "

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"Every championship is different and sometimes it can happen that you have a plan, but then will be completely surprised," says Lago. "Then you have to react. In these moments, the whole team looks at you and you feel the big pressure. In the WTCR we are planning session to meet and try to develop the car and find the best possible set-up."

"In wireless, I say to the driver how many rounds are still to drive and whether he should save the tires for the final phase of the race. The pure-ETCR is much more complicated. Because there are fewer cars, it looks Maybe easier, but that's not it. "

"For example, we have the power-up function [push-to-pass]," he explains. "In the Super Final we have two drivers, so I have to think about the strategy for two cars. One can use one thing to defend, the other to attack. For me, the Pure-Etcr is clearly stressful."

Cupra Racing team members © Motorsport.com Cupra Racing Team Members

Cupra Racing Team Members

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