Foto van de Roar in Daytona met de IMSA Giulietta's:
IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge @ Daytona. The second season of the TCR class in the IMSA Challenge began with an exciting four-hour race at Daytona that provided eight different leaders and plenty of overtaking and clashing. Eventually the Honda Civic cars finished 1-2. Alex Popow
was impressive in his red Alfa Romeo Giulietta, as he led for the first 30 minutes of the race.
The last hour began with the top-four drivers covered by the same second: Lamb, Pombo, Vance and Popow. After a full-course-yellow, Lamb pitted for fuel, Pombo took the lead and Popow overtook Vance for second. The fight for the win was between the Honda cars of Lamb and O’Gorman and Popow’s Alfa. With 35 minutes left the Alfa went back into the first place, but then retired in a cloud of smoke.
The second round of the IMSA Michelin Challenge will take place at Sebring on 15 March.
Ma Qing Hua
has been the latest driver to join the WTCR field for the 2019 season.
Ma will join Team Mulsanne
as Kevin Ceccon
’s teammate. The 31-year-old Chinese is one of the most experienced Touring Car drivers in Asia; after clinching the 2011 CTCC title and winning two WTCC races between 2014 and 2015, he had the opportunity to get used to TCR cars in the two latest seasons. He competed in the 2018 WTCR Asian events in a Honda Civic, tested the Romeo Ferraris-built Alfa Romeo Giulietta at Vallelunga and eventually won the TCR China finale at Guangdong in a Giulietta run by Freely Racing.
“I really appreciate the fact that Team Mulsanne and Romeo Ferraris chose the Chinese New Year to announce our partnership. I already drove the Giulietta and the feeling was good from the beginning. I think it has a big potential and the team is working hard to improve it in order to be competitive from the start of the season. This will be the second time for me in an Italian team after 2005, so it will be nice to relive the typically warm atmosphere during the year,” said Ma.
TCR Australia 2019
Garry Rogers Motorsport is the latest high-profile team to commit to TCR Australia, securing two Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce cars that are currently under construction at Romeo Ferraris’ race shop in Milan.
“We have been looking with interest in the TCR Series from a far, at both the local and international competition, and we have been really impressed,” said team principal Barry Rogers. “We are in motorsport business, and we consider anything where we feel there is value for our business and the sport, and there’s no doubt that TCR competition is a cost-effective way to compete. Myself and head engineer Richard Hollway went to Europe to visit a number of TCR manufacturers, and we were particularly impressed with the Romeo Ferraris team. The way they are in business is very similar to us – family run business, strong ties with the car maker. We raced an Alfa Romeo 155 in the 1995 Australian Super Touring Championship for Steven Richards, so there’s something romantic about us having done this deal with Romeo Ferraris. That was our first year in the championship with Steven Richards and it was a great car.”