The 2022 season will see Kevin Ceccon take on a fascinating new challenge in his racing career. The driver from Bergamo, Italy, has reached an agreement with Hyundai Motorsport to compete in the first three rounds of the FIA ETCR calendar, the championship for fully electric touring cars which, for its second season, will now have the prestigious FIA official title. The debut is scheduled at the French street circuit of Pau, which will host the opening round on 7-8 May.
Ceccon will make his return to the international racing scene, after having graduated vice-champion of TCR Italy in 2021 at the wheel of a Hyundai brand car, the i30 N TCR. Kevin boasts significant experience in touring car racing, thanks also to his participation in the FIA WTCR where, between 2018 and 2019, he’s been able to get under the spotlight by conquering a pole-position, a victory and four other podium finishes.
Ceccon starts from here to immerse himself in the new reality of the FIA ETCR, where he will drive the Hyundai Veloster N ETCR lined up by the Hyundai Motorsport N team. It’s a car capable of delivering a maximum power of 500 kilowatts (670 hp) through four electric engines connected to the rear wheels. Created in 2021, the championship stands out not only on the technical front, but also on the sporting one. The format of the events is in fact truly unique, with elimination heats, in which the cars express top performance, that leads to the SuperFinal and the crowning of the overall winner, called the “King of the Weekend”.
After his debut in Pau, Ceccon will then be at the start at Istanbul, Turkey, on 21-22 June, and at the Hungaroring in Budapest on 11-12 June.
“I’m very excited to join Hyundai Motorsport for the 2022 FIA ETCR season. I will give all my support to the team to achieve great results, and though my role is only part-time in the series, I will race 100% every session on track. The Hyundai Veloster N ETCR is demanding to drive, but impressive considering how quickly the technology and engineering of electric vehicles have progressed in the last few years. The car and driving style are very different compared to the TCR, it reminds me a bit of the rear-wheel driving experiences I had in my career before. I’m happy to add Pau to the list of street circuits I have raced at, which includes Monaco and Macau, where I have very sweet memories of podiums in GP2, GP3 and WTCR. I watched the first season from home, and the series’ format is also something unique and very entertaining for spectators, whom I hope to see again soon in the paddocks!”