The Pool FURIOUS Semi Finals for Race IT  saw composed victories in Vallelunga for the fifth round fo the FIA ETCR eTouring Car  World Cup as both Romeo Ferraris driver Maxime Martin and CUPRA EKS driver Tom Blomqvist crusied and collected maximum points whilst the hard work was done elsewhere on track.
A super close Pool FURIOUS first Semi Final saw Martin take the win with a battle royale going on behind with  Nicky Catsburg in the Hyundai Motorsport N Veloster ETCR providing a robust attack on and then defence from Mattias Eksröm in the CUPRA EKS car.
A clean start by all saw Martin lead Eksröm lead Catsburg, but the Hyundai Motorsport driver was resolute in his intent to get ahead of Eksröm and so he came to pass heading into the chicane at T6. The CUPRA driver thereafter kept a close watching brief on Catsburg as the back pair nevertheless closed back up to Martin ahead.
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With plenty of  Power Up acreoss the trio it looked like the action would come late. Eksröm was keeping the pressure on, but with nothing rash or brutal to challenge Catsburg. By the final lap all three cars were closed-up again. By the penultimat lap, Catsburg was as close to the Romeo Ferraris as the CUPRA was to him and it was Power Up aplenty for the final tour. With all three seemingly trying almost the same deployment policy, it was a well mannered, if rapid and close blast to the finish line, with Martin taking another win, Catsburg just 6 tenths adrift and Eksröm just four tenths further back.
«Definitely a perfect weekend till now,» said Martin. «It’s good fun, fair racing, really nice!»

Pool FURIOUS Semi Final One Results

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For the second FURIOUS Semi it was again all three brands represented, with Tom Blomqvist on pole for CUPRA EKS, Jean-Karl Vernay in the middle for Hyundai Motorsport N and Giovanni Venturini on the outside for Romeo Ferraris.
At the start it was a clear two-away battle for T1 with Blomqvist under intense pressure from Vernay as Giovanni stayed off the Power Up. Blomqviist was able to shrug off Vernay’s intentions and another well-behaved ‘battle’ ensued across the following laps with the lead two on the limit but Blomqvist just out of reach in the lead and Giovanni just out of touch in third spot.
Across the line it was Blomqvist by 0.6secs from Vernay whilst Venturini looked to pick up a puncture on the final corner, finishing just over three seconds behind the CUPRA.
«A decent race,» said the winner. «Obviously, the start was super important and thankfully I had enough pace in the car to manage it from there.

Pool FURIOUS Semi Final Two Results

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Pool FURIOUS Vallelunga Points Post Semi Finals

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