Argentine fans will have two drivers to cheer for in this year’s FIA World Touring Car Championship season. Campos Racing has announced that Esteban Guerrieri will return to the series in 2017 to race in the Spanish squad’s Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1.
Guerrieri – a star in Argentina’s Super TC 2000 touring car championship and a two-time Indy Lights Championship runner-up – made his WTCC debut with Campos Racing in a one-off outing on home soil at last year’s Race of Argentina (pictured top). The 32-year-old starred in his sole outing at the Termas de Río Hondo, topping both practice and preliminary qualifying.
Guerrieri has so far secured enough funding to appear at the Moroccan, Italian, Hungarian, German and Argentinian rounds of the 2017 championship. Should he secure further corporate support, the team will look to expand his campaign to include more championship rounds.
Guerrieri will continue to race as a factory driver for Citroën in the Super TC 2000 Championship this year; none of that series’ events clash with the WTCC calendar.
“After my debut last year I always hoped to come back racing in the WTCC so this means a lot,” said Guerrieri.
“I really like the high competition level, the cars are awesome to drive and we’re running on the best circuits around the world so it will definitely be good fun. I already know the guys at Campos Racing, I know what they are made of and this is a great opportunity for all of us as a team. The potential is there I have no doubt and if we get it right we can achieve big things.
“There are no clashes on the calendar but many consecutive racing weekends so an organised agenda and to rest properly will be crucial to face the long flights. But my body is still young enough to cope! The lack of pre-season testing will be the biggest problem. But of course we will try to face that with the right preparation and attention to detail in order to absorb quickly as much information as possible.”
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