Team Mulsanne have announced 2011 Auto GP Champion Kevin Ceccon as Gianni Morbidelli’s replacement alongside Fabrizio Giovanardi ahead of this weekends FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) triple-header at the Slovakiaring.
The Italian racer will make his series bow behind the wheel of the second Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR, though at this stage the deal only includes the WTCR Race of Slovakia.
The 24-year old has an established record single-seaters, having won in Formula 3 and GP3 en route to an appearance for Scuderia Toro Rosso at the 2011 Formula 1 Young Driver’s Test in Abu Dhabi.
In doing so, he became the youngest Italian to drive a Formula 1 car in a public setting.
Though he also has appearances in the European Le Mans Series (ELMS) and Blancpain GT Series to his name, this will be his first competitive outing in touring cars.
“We are ready to welcome in our family a new member, Kevin Ceccon, a very promising young driver on the international scene, who has already proven his talent and professionalism in single-seater formula,” commented Michela Cerruti, Operations Manager at Romeo Ferraris.
“To make his touring car debut immediately in the WTCR is a real challenge for him, but we believe in his potential.”