It will be an intense week for the Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR by Romeo Ferraris as it faces the Nordschleife for the second round of the 2020 FIA WTCR season. After the opening round only two weeks ago, Team Mulsanne is ready for the difficult challenge on the German historic track known as the “Green Hell”, and a track that has often brought trouble, logistical difficulties and incidents to the Italian squad.
The hope is that this time, despite the unusual circumstances of the 2020 season, things will go better for Team Mulsanne, which will field only one car, entrusted to Jean-Karl Vernay, on whose know-how of the track lie the team’s hopes. Luca Filippi, who benefitted from a wild card in Belgium, will not take part and will reappear in the October rounds in Slovakia and Hungary.
Far away from Europe, a month after the kick-off of the season at Sugo, the TCR Japan went back to action at Motegi for the second 2020 round. Race 1 has seen a sprint finish between Junichi Umemoto (Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR by 55MOTO with J’S Racing) and Mineki Okura (Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR by M-Prototyping Team Stile Corse), with the former keeping the advantage on the latter for P7. Okura has then been 6th in Race 2, ahead of Umemoto and his team mate Mototino, who went up one position with respect to Race 1.
At Road America, Tim Lewis has raced his first event of the season in the, alongside Roy Block in the other Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR entered by KMW Motorsport. Lewis immediately shone taking third in qualifying and then a podium finish (2nd) in Race 2. In the third race, he was forced to retire after being hit by a rival, when he was leading, while Block finished back on the podium. The TC America then moved to the Circuit of the Americas, where Block has taken another third in Race 1. In the last race, the KMW Motorsport climbed back to second.
Tim Lewis and Roy Block, always at the wheel of the Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR by KMW Motorsport, then raced at Road Atlanta, where they led the first two hours of the IMSA Pilot Challenge race, finishing sixth.
The TCR Denmark has also resumed, with an action-packed weekend which included six races in two days at the Jyllandsringen. After conquering a third, Jakob Mathiassen (Insight Racing, Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR) has then clinched the first win of the season in Rzce 5, scoring also the points of two 4th and two 7th.
Michela Cerruti, Romeo Ferraris Operations Manager
“I am very proud of the work that are doing our customers around the world. In a difficult year as 2020, to see that their efforts and ours are being rewarded with wins and podiums for our Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR is heart-warming and rewarding. Moreover, the FIA WTCR is proving very demanding, and to be on track again after Zolder, on such a challenging track like the Nordschleife, is very testing for everybody involved. It will certainly be sad not to see the traditionally huge crowds around the track, but the great TV and social network put in place by Eurosport will help us stay close to our fans. Team Mulsanne will present itself at the Nordschleife with a single car for the experienced Jean-Karl Vernay, as the programme drafted for Luca Filippi, who is entered as a Wild Card, will see the Italian back at the wheel of the #25 Giulietta as from the following round at the Slovakiaring”.