Former GP2 Series racer Kevin Ceccon will make his FIA World Touring Car Cup debut at this weekend’s Race of Slovakia.

The 24-year-old Italian was confirmed as a last-minute replacement at Team Mulsanne for Gianni Morbidelli, whose split with the team was announced yesterday.

He will team up with the former touring car champion Fabrizio Giovanardi to drive one of the team’s two Romeo Ferraris-built Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR entries.

Ceccon’s racing background is principally in single-seaters. A winner of the now-defunct Auto GP championship in 2011, he made his GP2 Series debut that year as a 17-year-old and later became the youngest Italian to drive a Formula 1 car when he participated in the Young Driver Test at Abu Dhabi for Scuderia Toro Rosso.

“I want to thank Romeo Ferraris and Team Mulsanne for this call,” said Ceccon.

“Being part of the FIA WTCR is a dream come true, I used to watch all the races on Eurosport and I’ve also commented once, but now I can’t believe I’ll be on track with them in Slovakia! It will be a hard challenge but I’m motivated to give 110 per cent of my potential to drive the Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR by Romeo Ferraris.”

The FIA WTCR Race of Slovakia takes place on July 13-15.

Images via FIA WTCR Media

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