Team Mulsanne lived another positive weekend in the FIA WTCR at the third round of the season, held at the Slovakia Ring. The Slovak track, where the cars built at Opera always did well in the past, proved again friendly to the Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR by Romeo Ferraris. The Italian squad was back to a 2-cars entry, as wild card Luca Filippi returned alongside Jean-Karl Vernay, and the results have been encouraging, especially from a performance point of view. Both cars qualified in the Top-10, with the Frenchman able to post the third time in Q1, from where he kicked-off in Race-1 finishing third.
It was an unlucky Sunday for Luca Filippi, forced to go back to the pits from the grid of Race-2 because of a clutch issue, losing the benefit of the front row, in the reversed grid. In Race-3 the Italian was involved in an incident at turn 1, while the stewards dashed the efforts of Vernay, who had been the driver conquering most points over the weekend. Respectively 4th and 2nd in the last two races of the event, Jean-Karl was sanctioned for contacts had with Yvan Muller and Norbert Michelisz, losing the third position in the standings that he had clinched on the track.
Michela Cerruti, Romeo Ferraris Operations Manager
“Beyond the final results, this weekend we have proven how competitive our cars continue to be in a competition of the highest level as the FIA WTCR. The results gained on the track both in the races and the qualifying sessions are a great reward for all our efforts, and further proof of the capabilities of our mechanics, who changed the clutch in Luca’s car in only 25 minutes. I am very sorry for him, as he has little experience with the Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR by Romeo Ferraris and has lost a valuable opportunity to acquire mileage and to maximize his potential. I was left with a bitter taste by the attitude that the stewards had towards Jean-Karl. In an event full of incidents and contacts, they basically focused only on him. We take note of these decisions that we respect but do not share on the way to Budapest in a few days”.