Italian teenager Giacomo Altoè will race the Subaru WRX STi for Top Run Motorsport in this weekend’s round of the TCR Middle East Series in Abu Dhabi.
The car was run in the season opener in Dubai last month with Luigi Ferrara at the wheel, but it suffered from a double retirement as the car suffered from a broken bevel gear.
For this weekend’s second round of the championship, 16-year-old Altoè will get behind the wheel for his first taste of a touring car.
“I’m happy and motivated to take part in the second event of the TCR Middle East Series at Abu Dhabi,” said Altoè. “This will be my first race of the year, but more than that my very debut in touring car competition!”
Former kart racer Altoè competed in the Italian Formula 4 Championship in 2016, finishing 22nd overall after six top ten finishes out of 23 races.
Altoè joins the already announced entries from Lap57 (Josh Files and Mohammed Al Owais), Liqui Moly Team Engstler (Luca Engstler, Brandon Gdovic and Stefan Goede) and Mulsanne Racing (Davit Kajaia).
Mat’o Homola, who competed in the season opener, will not be racing this weekend.