Team Mulsanne has confirmed that Kevin Ceccon will remain part of its driving line-up for the remainder of the 2018 FIA World Touring Car Cup season following the Italian’s impressive points-scoring debut at the Slovakia Ring in mid-July.
Ceccon was signed to the team’s driving line-up at the Slovakia Ring as a last-minute replacement for Gianni Morbidelli following their split in the wake of a sequence of poor results for the veteran driver and ongoing reliability problems with the Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR developed by Team Mulsanne’s parent operation, Romeo Ferraris.
He scored a sixth-placed finish in the weekend’s third and final race and along with veteran teammate Fabrizio Giovanardi – who finished fifth in Race 1 and seventh in Race 3 – gave the Italian outfit its first points’ finishes of its 2018 campaign.
All the more impressive was that this was the 24-year-old’s first ever competitive outing in a front-wheel-drive touring car. His efforts have since seen him rewarded with a permanent seat for the remaining rounds in 2018: the China double-header events at Ningbo and Wuhan, as well as the rounds in Suzuka and the season finale at Macau.
“We were very impressed by Kevin’s performance at the Slovakia Ring. To hire him represented some kind of risk, which we decided to take, and were rewarded by a points finish that added to the best result by Fabrizio so far this year,” Michela Cerruti, Romeo Ferraris Operations Manager, said.
“I am very happy to continue in WTCR OSCARO,” Ceccon added. “The call I got was not an easy challenge for me, but the fact that Team Mulsanne and Romeo Ferraris have opted to reconfirm me for the remaining rounds of the championship means that they were pleased with my work, and I hope to reward their trust on the track.”
After a lengthy mid-season break, the FIA WTCR action will resume at Ningbo Speedpark – the first of two events on mainland China – on September 28-30.
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