American driver Kevin Gleason will stay with the RC Motorsport team for the remainder of the 2017 World Touring Car Championship season, the team has confirmed.
The 30-year-old made his WTCC debut when the privateer outfit expanded to field a second LADA Vesta TC1 racer alongside fellow rookie Yann Ehrlacher for the season’s second round in Monza. He claimed points in his first ever race by finishing ninth and currently lies thirteenth overall in the Drivers’ Championship standings.
“I’m delighted that I will remain in the WTCC with RC Motorsport,” Gleason said. “I’ve enjoyed racing in the championship immensely and I feel that I have yet to show my full potential at this level, I have the next five races – including Macau where I was on the front row last time I was there – to continue to learn the with the TC1 car and push on up the field.”
Gleason has comparatively limited touring car experience compared to many of his rivals, having only switched to tin-top racing when he joined the TCR International Series in 2015. He made an immediate impression, claiming two wins and two further podiums en route to finishing fifth overall in the standings.
“I was on the top step of the podium in TCR International, that’s obviously my ambition in WTCC,” he continued.
“This however is at a different level, particularly with the Manufacturer entries and I’m taking every opportunity to learn and develop against the best touring car drivers in the world. Now I look forward to the race weekend in Argentina, another new track for me where I hope to make some further progress.”
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