Marcio Basso became the first driver to complete a test in preparation for the 2021 TCR south America season, with the Brazilian completing two days running at Brazil’s Tarumã and Velopark Circuits.
Basso, 47, took part in the test with the MC Tubarão outfit, running at the new Velopark circuit on the Wednesday before moving to the Tarumã circuit on Thursday.
Basso was at the wheel of the car previously raced by Pit Lane Competizioni with Enrico Bettera in TCR Italy.
“I’m delighted to be part of TCR South America’s pioneer season,” said Basso, who has in recent seasons competed in Europe in the International GT Open series, where he was a title contender in 2017 and 2018.
“The concept of the category is successful, and it will be a pleasure to race on the continent’s best racetracks against talented drivers from the whole Latin America.
“The Audi TCR is a great car and very fun to drive. The lap times we clocked during the test at Velopark were impressive, even faster than we expected.
“I’m very proud to be the first Brazilian driver to test the car that I will race next year.”
Basso also finished on the podium in more conventional touring cars when he raced in the Copa Petrobas de Marca in a Chevrolet Cruze, dovetailing his European GT racing with the home championship in 2017.