Petr Fulín and Andrej Studenič have been confirmed as the wildcard entries for next weekend’s FIA World Touring Car Cup round at the Slovakia Ring.
Fulín, who had a one-off outing in the FIA World Touring Car Championship 2014 and is the reigning FIA European Touring Car Cup champion, will pilot a Cupra León TCR entered by his own Fullin Race Academy team.
“Our goal is to enjoy the weekend and to have a nice experience. We know the track but we have the oldest car and will have 20 kilograms more inside for the wildcard handicap,” the 41-year-old Czech driver said ahead of his WTCR debut.
“The competition will be very strong and [the last event in] Vila Real showed that drivers are able to learn new tracks very quickly. That’s why we are pushing everything preparing for the weekend. Maybe this championship could be something new [for us] for next season.”
Fulín will be joined by local driver Studenič, who has competed across a variety of disciplines including GT racing and hillclimbs.
Studenič, who has driven various European hillclimb, GT and touring car classes. The Bratislava-born driver, also 41, will compete in a Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR for Brutal Fish Racing.
“I’ve only driven this car for a few dozen kilometres, which is very little compared to the WTCR competition,” he said.
“I do have a lot of racing experience, but not with this type of touring car. I hope the two free practice sessions will be enough for us to set up the car and get a clearer view. Naturally we have ambitions, without them we wouldn’t be racing at all. However, I have no clue how we’ll stand up to the experienced competition.”
The FIA WTCR Race of Slovakia takes place on July 14-15.