The Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR by Romeo Ferraris are ready to compete on the American scene, as the 2020 season of the Michelin Pilot Challenge, the endurance series promoted by IMSA alongside the SportsCar Championship, kicks off this weekend at Daytona. KMW Motorsports with TMR Engineering has confirmed a full campaign in the Touring Car with one of the cars designed and produced at Opera, after conquering points in 8 out of 10 events last year, with a 4th as best result, obtained at Laguna Seca by Tim Lewis Jr and Roy Block.
Lewis and Block, who form a very efficient pair, will continue to be the line-up of the Florida-based team that betted for the Alfa Romeo-branded TCR car of Romeo Ferraris already in 2018. The target is to build upon the experience acquired to climb a further ladder in terms of competitiveness, with the direct assistance of Romeo Ferraris’ engineers. After two positive years in the WTCR, with 2 race wins, one pole position and another 10 podium finishes thanks to Team Mulsanne, the Opera-based constructor will dedicate more resources to the various customer teams, in parallel to the launch of the innovative Alfa Romeo Giulia ETCR.
The Daytona round, to take place on Friday 24th January as a prelude to the 24 Hours race, will have a length of 4 hours and has been preceded by the traditional ‘Roar’ collective tests, which yielded very encouraging results. The Giulietta #5 finished in the top-3 all the sessions. Lewis-Block even were the fastest among TCR cars in session 3 (with a lap time of 2’00″630) and in session 4 (2’00″645), covering 113 laps in total.
The Michelin Pilot Challenge will again include 10 rounds this year, on some of the most famous American tracks. There will also be a stop in Canada, at Bowmanville. The standard format of races is 2 hours, with the exception of Daytona and Watkins Glen, which are 4-hour races. The final round, on 9th October, will take place at Road Atlanta.
Michela Cerruti, Romeo Ferraris Operations Manager
“For us, the 2020 season officially starts this weekend and somehow marks the beginning of a new chapter. After concluding our fantastic experience in the WTCR, where we were able to showcase our abilities at the international level, we will be focusing on supporting even more actively our customers around the world. Among those clients, there is again TMR Engineering, fielded in the Touring Car class of the Michelin Pilot Challenge. The early January tests at Daytona were really positive, and we hope this can be translated into excellent results in the race. All this is happening while we are putting a lot of effort and hard work into the development of the Giulia ETCR project”.