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Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR by Romeo Ferraris Ready For 2020 FIA WTCR

The Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR by Romeo Ferraris to take part in the 2020 FIA WTCR

Romeo Ferraris will be contesting the 2020 FIA WTCR. For the third year in a row, the Opera-based constructor will see Team Mulsanne enter the Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR that will compete against top manufacturers in the most prestigious series for touring cars. The Italian outfit made history by taking the pole position and victory with Kevin Ceccon at Suzuka in 2018 and replicated the success at the Slovakia Ring in 2019 with Ma Qing Hua, bringing back the Alfa Romeo brand to success in touring car racing after one decade. The 2020 season proposes a competition to take place exclusively in Europe, given the global constraints prompted by the Coronavirus pandemic, but the challenge won’t be of lesser intensity by any means. The start of the season is scheduled at the Salzburgring on 13 September, and will be preceded by collective tests, then the WTCR will visit the Nordschleife, the Slovakia Ring, the Hungaroring, Motorland and end in Italy, at Adria, on 15 November. All the action will thus happen in only two months, which will oblige to maximize the efforts and the resources. Alongside the FIA WTCR campaign, Romeo Ferraris staff will continue to assist the cars entered in national TCR series in America, Australia, Denmark and Japan.

Michela Cerruti, Romeo Ferraris Operations Manager

“A lot of things have changed in recent months, but not our approach to racing and the way we live our passion. Contrarily to what planned, the cars of last year are still with us, and it seemed natural to continue this fantastic journey. We have decided to support the projects of Team Mulsanne and the efforts of Eurosport for organizing the 2020 FIA WTCR in such complex and difficult times. We believe that it is important to give positive messages, also to our customer teams around the world. The six rounds of the championship are an exciting challenge that we take on with pleasure. Very shortly we will announce our line-up, as we dive into this breath-taking 2020 season.”

Team Mulsanne in the 2020 FIA WTCR with Jean-Karl Vernay

Team Mulsanne is delighted to announce its driver line-up for the 2020 season of the FIA WTCR: the Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR by Romeo Ferraris fielded by the Italian team will be driven by Jean-Karl Vernay. Born in Villeurbanne on 31st October 1987, the Frenchman is one of the most experienced drivers on the TCR international scene, having won 19 races, four of which in the WTCR, on top of being also a very reputed GT driver. Jean-Karl won the TCR International Series title in 2017, as well as the 2010 Indy Lights and the 2013 24 Hours of Le Mans in the LMGTE Am class, showing an incredible polyvalent talent.

Vernay’s appointment will constitute a solid base for Team Mulsanne, ahead of a season where it will be almost impossible to do testing given the compact calendar and which presents also a key technical change with the introduction of a new tyre supplier, a factor that Jean-Karl will be able to handle perfectly given his experience.

Jean-Karl’s debut will take place at the collective tests at the Salzburgring on the 10th of September, shortly before the official kick-off of the season on the same Austrian track. Both Vernay and Team Mulsanne know well the track, although this will represent their debut together.

Michela Cerruti, Romeo Ferraris Operations Manager
“We are extremely happy to welcome Jean-Karl in our family. The choice of Jean-Karl stems from a detailed analysis of the required characteristics for our driver this year. In the past, we have made choices that represented also a kind of bet. It worked out well, but we took some risks, which is something we cannot afford to do in a year such as 2020. We think that Vernay offers solid certainties, which is what we need. The 2020 FIA WTCR entails a huge investment for us that we have decided to undertake also to second the organizational effort put in place by Eurosport Events, with a view to contributing to the common endeavor of strengthening motorsports in the not easy times that we are living.”

Jean-Karl Vernay
“I was waiting anxiously this moment! I am delighted to announce having reached an agreement with Team Mulsanne to drive the Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR by Romeo Ferraris. In recent years, I have had the opportunity to know Team Mulsanne and I am very happy to join them. Although Romeo Ferraris is certainly a smaller constructor with respect to the other brands, I was always impressed by their passion and determination and by the results they were able to conquer in the FIA WTCR, the most important championship for Touring cars thanks also to the great promotion work of Eurosport Events. I’m confident me and the team can be consistent and for this reason the target could be finish in the Top-10 in the standings. I really look forward to the start of the season after such a long break and I feel completely boosted.”

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