Italian youngster Kevin Ceccon has been confirmed at Team Mulsanne for the remainder of the FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) season, partnering experienced team-mate Fabrizio Giovanardi.
Ceccon was drafted in to replace Gianni Morbidelli for the races in Slovakia in mid-July, and the 24-year-old duly went on to finish sixth in the final race of the weekend ahead of team-mate Giovanardi, after Giovanardi had earlier picked up a season-best result of fifth for the team in race one.
The team have analysed Ceccon’s performances, and opted to reward the Auto GP, Formula 3 and GP3 race winner with a continued drive in both China race weekends, Japan and the season finale in Macau.
“I am very happy to continue in WTCR,” said Ceccon. “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.”
Romeo Ferraris Operations Manager Michela Cerrito admitted that changing drivers from Morbidelli to Ceccon was a risk that had already paid dividends.
“We were very impressed by Kevin’s performance at the Slovakia Ring,” said Cerruti. “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.”