Versatile French racer Jean-Philippe Dayraut will make his World Touring Car Championship debut at Monza behind the wheel of a BMW.
The 43-year-old, champion in the French Supertourisme series in 2001 before claiming four Andros Trophy titles between 2009 and 2013, will drive for the Anome team, who are evaluating a full-time entry in the WTCC after buying a car from Zengo Motorsport.
“We are really committed to put together this programme, and we hope to achieve a good result at Monza in order to secure our participation in the full season,” said team principal Nicolas Boillot.
“We are aware that this is a great challenge and there is a lot to do, but we have strong motivations because this programme would mark a significant step forward for our team.
“To be part of a top-level International series like WTCC was something we had dreamed for long time, and now we see that the dream may actually come true.”
Dayraut tested Anome’s new car at the Nogaro circuit in France last week. It is the eighth BMW confirmed for the season opener in Italy on 24 March.