Home race at Vallelunga for Romeo Ferraris in the FIA ETCR
For Romeo Ferraris, it’s the eve of the most awaited round in the 2022 season of the FIA ETCR, the one at home in Vallelunga. The track on the outskirts of Rome hosts the fifth round on the calendar, from 22 to 24 July, and the manufacturer based in Opera, Milan is on the wave of enthusiasm for the overall victory conquered by Maxime Martin in the previous Zolder round. The recognition of "King of the Weekend" achieved by the Belgian in the last race testifies to the constant growth of the Giulia ETCR project, with the Romeo Ferraris consolidating its second place in the constructors' ranking.
The challenge on the Piero Taruffi Circuit constitutes a further opportunity to continue on the path taken, and will have a strong symbolic value: it was here, in March 2021, that the Romeo Ferraris carried out the first tests with its fully electric Touring car, before the inaugural kick-off of championship later in June. The series was then known as PURE ETCR before receiving FIA status in 2022. Almost a year and a half later, progress is tangible in every respect.
The Italian stage will also be the home one for Luca Filippi and Giovanni Venturini, two of the four drivers who make up the Romeo Ferraris line-up, and both are looking for a linear weekend that allows them to express all their potential, already seen in single heats. Like them, Martin and Bruno Spengler will also be hunting for another prestigious result for Romeo Ferraris.
The weekend will be made even more intense and exciting by a range of side events that will involve the entire Romeo Ferraris company. As part of the Experience program, the Vallelunga track will be used for hot lap sessions with the 240-horsepower 485 CSR model by Caterham, a brand of which the group is the official importer and dealer for Italy, and with the Toyota Yaris GR, for which Romeo Ferraris has created a catalog of dedicated elaborations.
A tailor-made partnership has also been established with Tenuta Montemagno, a reference in the wine sector that will sponsor the apéritif set up on the afternoon of Friday 22 at the team's hospitality together with Delitaly, a catering service specialized in motorsport with proven experience and quality. Through the bond with Romeo Ferraris, Tenuta Montemagno will be the official champagne supplier in Vallelunga for the podium celebrations of the FIA ETCR and the FIA WTCR, the two series organized by Discovery Sport Events.
Also on Friday, the Romeo Ferraris quartet of drivers will welcome boys and girls from local summer camps, who will be able to experience the emotions of a motor racing competition from a close distance and discover, with truly exceptional guides, the activities and work of the team.
As for the action on the track, it will start on Friday with the two free practice sessions, always divided between the "Fast" and "Furious" pools. On Saturday morning, will take place the qualifying sessions which award the first points up for grabs of the weekend, followed by the Quarter Finals. Sunday will be the decisive day, first with the Semi-Finals and then with the DHL Super Finals, at 3:50 pm and 6:45 pm, which will determine the next "King of the Weekend".
Michela Cerruti, Team Principal Romeo Ferraris
"The home race in Vallelunga could not have come at a better time for us, after celebrating our first victory of the season in Zolder with Maxime Martin. This result, in addition to demonstrating the competitiveness of the Giulia ETCR project, gave us an additional motivational boost that we want to exploit to be at the forefront here in Italy, in front of our public. With Maxime, Bruno, Giovanni and Luca, we want to fight for another important result and collect valuable points for the overall standings. For the whole Romeo Ferraris it will be a weekend made even more unique by all the collateral initiatives we have organized, from hot laps for our customers and guests with Toyota Yaris GR and Caterham 485 CSR cars to the partnership with Tenuta Montemagno, a top winery with whom we share philosophy and values. It will be nice to open our doors to the boys and girls of the summer camps, to bring them closer to motorsport, and to welcome many guests from partners and media for the apéritif on Friday afternoon, while waiting for the challenge on the track to enter its climax on Saturday ".