Romeo Ferraris today announced that Rodrigo “Digo” Baptista will be part of its driver line-up for the 2021 season of the PURE ETCR series. The 24-year-old Brazilian will join already announced Stefano Coletti and Luca Filippi at the wheel of one of the two Giulia ETCR by Romeo Ferraris entered in the new championship for electric cars that will kick off at Vallelunga on 18-20 June.
After racing with single-seaters, Baptista, born in 1996 in São Paulo, has built a significant background in tin-top racing, in South America, Europe and the United States. In 2017 he won the Porsche GT3 Cup Brazil title, with 8 race wins and 6 pole positions, and has raced in various GT series around the world, showing speed and talent. In 2019 he finished second in the LMGTE Am at the Le Mans 24 Hours and was third overall in the GT World Challenge America, where he finished third in the Pro-Am class one year later.
The debut in the PURE ETCR will mark for Rodrigo a new and exciting challenge, and the opportunity to materialize his wish to race in Europe and in an innovative series, bound to pioneer a new technological era in motorsports.
Michela Cerruti, Romeo Ferraris Operations Manager
“We are delighted to welcome in our line-up a driver like Rodrigo, still young but who has already shown his skills in different high-level series for tin-top cars. With him, Stefano and Luca, we have a very coherent line-up, in terms of experience and talent, and this will represent an asset for us in our first PURE ETCR season and the long-term development of our Giulia ETCR project. We are excited to be at Vallelunga for the 2021 season-opener.”
Rodrigo “Digo” Baptista
“I am very happy to open this new chapter in my career. The prospect of being part of a series with such a great future, with all-electric cars and based on environmental sustainability, appeared immediately very attractive. This is why I warmly welcomed the opportunity to race with Romeo Ferraris in the PURE ETCR, and I am very happy to be able to participate in an ambitious project such as the Giulia ETCR. It will be exciting to race in prestigious tracks and fight against great names and brands. I want to thank FS Management, the company of Augusto Farfus and Mauricio Slaviero, who have chosen to support me in this journey. It will be an honour and a lot of fun to share the PURE ETCR field with Augusto.”