Nikolay Karamyshev got the fabulous victory for Russia at the first stage of the European Touring Car Cup – 2013 in Monza (Italy), that drew 36 drivers from 15 European countries (France, Germany, Spain, Great Britain, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Serbia, and others).
Competing in the SMT (Seat Leon Supercopa) event, in spite of all the unfavorable weather conditions – downpour and rough wind – he managed not only to outscore the rivals in his scoring group, but also to get ahead of the more powerful Touring class.
On the first day of the Cup Nikolay demonstrated the third result, but his telemetrist forgot to cut off the car’s engine at the paddock after the qualification run. As a result, referees penalized the driver, so he had to start from the 20th position of the starting grid in the first race.
Overtaking his rivals one after the other in the first race, Karamyshev finished fourth in his scoring group, and 6th in the total rankings.
Based on the results of the first race, the starting grid for the second final race was formed. On the 4th lap Nikolay Karamyshev becomes the leader and doesn’t yield his position up to the finish. Kursk driver finished well ahead of the competitors in his own class and all the drivers in the Touring class.
For the first time in the history of the European Touring Car Cup, a Seat Leon Supercopa class driver became a double winner. Following the results of the first European Touring Car Cup stage held in Monza, the FIA (FEDERATION INTERNATIONALE DE L'AUTOMOBILE) awarded Nikolay Karamyshev not only with the winner’s cup, but also with a special award for the double victory.
“… I am very satisfied with the result and the struggle on the lap. It is good that this year such a large number of cars is going to participate in the race – it provides us with more dueling opportunities. Soon we are going to perform in Slovakia, and I am expecting to win both the races… Here in Italy it was difficult for me to start from the 20th position, but it’s not a big problem. I was concentrating, doing my best, and finally I am happy to win.”
It is noteworthy that this year the Russian Federation was represented by seven Russian drivers at the European Cup. Apart from Nikolay, the most efficient driver was:
Mikhail Grachev – Champion of the Russian Cup – 2012 in the Touring-Light class – 4th place.