The Checkered Flag looks back at the recent news and results from the various TCR Series competing around the world that has been released over the past seven days
After impressing as a stand-in for Gianni Morbidelli last year, Kevin Ceccon has been rewarded with a full-season drive in the WTCR with Team Mulsanne
The independently-run Alfa Romeo squad will be back for a second season in World Touring Car competition.
Frederic Vervisch took his, and Comtoyou Racing’s, first race victory in the World Touring Car Cup after defeating pole-sitter, Timo Scheider.
Although Kevin Ceccon took victory on the road, a five second penalty meant that he’d drop behind championship leader Gabriele Tarquini.
Kevin Ceccon’s superb victory in the opening race at Suzuka provided Team Mulsanne with a much-needed boost, particularly following the recent departure of Fabrizio Giovanardi due to doubts about the car’s performance.
The Peugeot 308TCR and Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR are relative minnows amongst the World Touring Car ranks, yet this didn’t stop Aurelien Comte and Kevin Ceccon from getting the best out of them at Suzuka.
Following Fabrizio Giovanardi’s sudden departure from Team Mulsanne, Luigi Ferrara has been enlisted to drive one of the WTCR Alfa Romeos alongside Kevin Ceccon.
Team WRT’s Jean-Karl Vernay was victorious in the first race of the weekend, while Pepe Oriola and Gordon Shedden completed the podium.
Norbert Michelisz’s victory in the third WTCR race at the Slovakiaring, coupled with a double DNF for Tarquini and Muller, has put the Hungarian right back into the championship battle.
Pepe Oriola controlled the race nicely en route to taking his and Campos Racing’s first race win of the 2018 campaign.
Here’s the key points to take from both free practice sessions at the Slovakiaring, just before the World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) gets qualifying underway.
The World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) heads to Slovakia this weekend, where local hero Mat’o Homola will be looking to build upon his maiden WTCR race victory from last time out at Vila Real.
Italian racer, Kevin Ceccon, will make his WTCR debut after being announced as a replacement for Gianni Morbidelli at Team Mulsanne.
Esteban Ocon claimed position in Abu Dhabi to take the lead in the championship, while championship rival Luca Ghiotto could only qualify in fourth place.