The Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR by Romeo Ferraris heads to the Barcelona test to start 2019 world campaign
It’s time to resume their FIA WTCR journey for the Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR by Romeo Ferraris. Team Mulsanne will take part on 28-29 March to the pre-season tests at Barcelona, which will be a true rehearsal for all FIA WTCR contenders. Reconfirmed Kevin Ceccon and his new team mate Ma Qing Hua will drive the latest evolution of the car developed at Opera, now labelled Veloce, in what will be the first test against the competition.
Romeo Ferraris and Team Mulsanne will seek to continue the steady growth trend shown last year and culminated with the historic first pole position and first race win conquered at Suzuka. Alongside Ceccon, there is now Ma: the Chinese driver, with background in Formula 1 as a tester and in Formula E as a racer, and a WTCC race winner in the past, has already found an excellent feeling with the Italian car, winning a TCR China race at Guangdong last year.
Following the different shake-downs performed in recent weeks, the Barcelona tests will give the opportunity to finalize the preparations on the Giulietta Veloce TCR. Romeo Ferraris’ staff has introduced a lighter chassis and a new weight distribution aimed at improving driveability, on top of reviewing aerodynamics of the front part and the configuration of the rear wing to increase top speed on straights.
The tests will be preceded on Wednesday 27 March by the official launch of the 2019 FIA WTCR, which will be attended by over a hundred media, proving the growing interest that the series is attracting. This ever greater attention logically benefits the project led by Team Mulsanne, who is back to the world series with car liveries completely redesigned. After the test, the FIA WTCR community will head to Marrakesh for the season-opener on 6-7 April.
Michela Cerruti, Operations Manager Romeo Ferraris
“We look forward to the Barcelona tests and to a track perfectly suited for the final fine-tuning of a race car. These two days will allow us to complete the preparation work on our new Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR, following the intense work of development undertaken during the winter, on time for the first round in Marrakesh. We will also have a first idea of how we stand with respect to our competitors. No doubt that we can expect this year an even more competitive and fiercely-fought championship. Being part of it is certainly a motive for pride. In the meantime, our customers are doing very well in the different national and regional series, further boosting our motivation”.