Former F1 racer Gianni Morbidelli is the second driver named by WestCoast Racing for their campaign in the 2015 TCR International Series.
The Italian joins Kevin Gleason from USA who signed for the Swedish team last week. A third driver will be announced in the next days.
Morbidelli boasts an impressive career, from the title in the 1989 Italian F3 Championship that was followed by many years in F1 with Minardi, Footwork, Sauber and Ferrari (his best result was a third place in Australia in 1995.
He has also emerged as successful Touring Car driver, winning races for Alfa Romeo, BMW and Audi. Last year he took part in the FIA World Touring Car Championship, scoring victory at the Hungaroring in a RML Chevrolet Cruze.
“I am genuinely excited about joining WestCoast Racing and I will use all of my experience to do the best job possible,”said Morbidelli. “My first impressions of the team, the Honda Civic TCR and the TCR International Series are very good and I’m ready for a new challenge. Everything is new so we’re all starting from zero and, while the car is still in the early stages of development, I believe WestCoast Racing has the ability and the determination to succeed, having met them and tested at Barcelona and Vallelunga. I’m sure they will do a fantastic job.”
James Nixon, Team Manager of WestCoast Racing, concluded: “In WestCoast Racing’s first year in the TCR International Series, securing a driver of Gianni Morbidelli’s calibre is a very proud moment. By being able to announce such a driver shows the team’s intentions for this championship. Together, we are aiming high.”
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