Experienced driver Petr Fulín is returning to the TCR Eastern Europe series for the penultimate round at Autodrom Most, after competing in the opening round earlier this year. However, this time he will be racing with the Aditis Racing Team in an Audi RS3 LMS.
At the start of the season in Oschersleben, Petr Fulín represented his own team, Fullinrace Academy, where he scored second and a fifth places. He then handed the Cupra Competition TCR to his son, Petr Fulín Jr., and stepped back. Meanwhile, Sebastian Steibel from Aditis Racing decided not to finish the season, which opened the door for Fulín’s return.
“We had a plan with my son Petr that we would switch places during the season, but when I handed him the Cupra at Hungaroring, he didn’t let me race it anymore,” laughs Fulín. “So it took some favorable conditions for my return, and when Sebastian decided not to finish the season, an offer came from Aditis Racing, and that was it,” continues Fulín, who made a deal with the team for Autodrom Most round.
The Czech circuit suits Fulín very well; he won both races there during his one-off appearance last year and although he won’t be racing his well-known Cupra, he has no concerns about the Audi RS LMS. “The car is basically the same; the major change is a different team. On the other hand, I know the guys very well, and we already worked together. We tested in Most and worked on the car setup. I hope we will futher tune the setup during Friday’s practices.”
Fulín will be racing not only against strong competitors but also against his son for the third time. “We raced together in the last round of the ETCC 2017 season and the following year in the Octavia Cup at Nurburgring, where we both stood on the podium, which was a very special moment for me.”
Petr Fulín last raced in April, and although he doesn’t feel “rusty,” he admits that his opponents, who have been racing the whole season, have an advantage. “On the other hand, I’m a competitor, which means I want to fight for results. We will do our best. If we manage to tune the car, I think there should be a chance for a good position,” adds Fulín, who has committed himself only for the Most weekend. However, he doesn’t rule out the possibility of racing for Aditis in the last round at Automotodrom Brno. “If the car will be available, the start is in the game.”