Kevin Gleason looking forward to returning to racing in China

Kevin Gleason looking forward to returning to racing in China

Kevin Gleason
Photo: Alexandre Guillaumot / DPPI

Kevin Gleason is looking forward to the resumption of the World Touring Car Championship in China this weekend, with the American racer not having driven a racing car since the last event in July.

Gleason last got behind the wheel of his RC Motorsport LADA in July, when he took part in the Argentine round of the championship.

The 30-year-old only just missed out on the points in South America, but with two solid finishes he heads to the new Ningbo International Speedpark in a confident mood, ready to return to racing after a three-month break.

“I am really looking forward to getting back on track in China this weekend after such a long break,” said Gleason. “Many drivers have been testing and racing in other series but unfortunately for me, the last time I saw a race track was Argentina!

“I’m confident that we’ll be competitive and what my engineer and I learned in Argentina will translate right away to performance and we make the step forward in qualifying and the races.

“It’s a brand-new track for everyone, so we will all start from zero. The track walk will be extra important. We’ll analyse every detail so that we can be as prepared as possible for free practice.”

The American will be joined by a new team-mate in China, with Macanese racer Filipe Clemente de Souza joining the team for the event.

Gleason will hit the track for the first time at 09:00 local time (02:00 BST) on Saturday. Sunday’s races take place at 14:25 and 15:35 respectively (07:25 and 08:35 BST).