John Filippi has confirmed he will remain on the FIA World Touring Car Championship grid in 2016, staying on with the Campos Racing team.
Next year will be Filippi’s third season in the FIA WTCC with Campos Racing. He made his debut with the team in 2014 in a second-tier TC2-class SEAT León before graduating to a TC1-spec Chevrolet Cruze in 2015.
He enjoyed a very consistent season despite the limitations of his machinery, retiring just twice all season in a year of steady improvement. Towards the end of the season, Filippi started to feature regularly as a top-ten qualifier and started the final race of the season in Qatar from pole position before throwing his chances of a shock result away by jumping the start.
“My objective is to establish my legitimacy in this championship with my last performances in mind. I am very happy to continue working with the engineers and mechanics from the Campos team. I am very confident for this season and I hope that I can get some great results,” he said.
Filippi also confirmed that he will receive driver coaching from no less than four-time WTCC champion Yvan Muller, who races for the championship-winning Citroën team.
The Corsican is the first driver to confirm he will compete in a privateer RML Chevrolet Cruze among a field of independent entries that include the three Sébastien Loeb Racing Citroëns being driven by Tom Chilton, Mehdi Bennani and Grégoire Demoustier.
Fellow Chevrolet privateer teams Münnich Motorsport and ROAL Motorsport, along with the independently-run Honda entries of NIKA Racing and Zengő Motorsport, are also expected to confirm their entries in due course.
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