American racing driver Kevin Gleason will have another outing for RC Motorsport at this weekend’s World Touring Car Championship round in Hungary, the team has confirmed.
The 30-year-old made his WTCC debut at the preceding Race of Italy round at Monza in RC Motorsport’s second LADA Vesta TC1, finishing in ninth place to claim points in his maiden race.
“It was definitely a big learning curve in Monza having my first go in a TC1 car,” Gleason recalled.
“Unfortunately, on top of that I was also knocking the rust off from a long winter as I hadn’t raced or driven a racing car since early October 2016. With all that being said I improved every session and learned a lot which will help me moving forward.”
Unlike Monza, where Gleason had previously raced in the TCR International Series touring car championship, the Pennsylvania-born driver has never turned a lap at the tight and twisty Hungaroring.
“I have never driven the Hungaroring or even visited the country but I am looking forward to it as I have watched F1 race there for many years and the Hungarian fans love the WTCC, which should make for an exciting atmosphere,” he added.
“It will be a more technical track, so I am preparing the best I can with on board video and data from last season. I have found a new simulator place in Brooklyn called Racing Rooms which is fantastic. I haven’t done a lot of sim work in the past but I’m trying to utilise this to prepare as much as possible. While it’s not the same as the real thing, it does help me focus and put in the laps which is good for muscle memory.
“I don’t have any set expectations for this weekend. Now that I have some idea what this car is like, I hope to improve my performance behind the wheel and qualify a bit better.”
The FIA WTCC JVC Kenwood Race of Hungary takes place on the weekend of 13-14 May.
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