Kevin Ceccon opens his 2022 season in TCR Italy with a double podium finish
Kevin Ceccon’s 2022 season in the TCR Italy Touring Car Championship began with a double podium finish. At the Autodromo Nazionale Monza, the Italian driver finished third in both Race 1 and Race 2 at the wheel of the new Hyundai Elantra N fielded by Aggressive Team Italia, providing two strong performances.
With the fourth best time in Friday’s Qualifying (1: 58.144), Ceccon was immediately in the group fighting for the podium in Race 1 on Saturday, a challenge made even more demanding by the use of slick tires on the wet track. With the reversal of the top 8 drivers from Qualifying, Kevin started fifth in Race 2 and showed a very competitive pace chasing the second podium of the weekend. A target achieved with a nice overtake maneuver outside the Curva Grande on the penultimate lap, finishing in the tow of the two leading cars under the checkered flag.
Thanks to these two good results, Ceccon takes the third place in the overall Driver Standings with 72 points, confirming his credentials as a contender for the TCR Italy title after having graduated 2021 vice-champion in what was his first season in the Italian series.
The clash with the FIA ETCR appointment in Pau, where he’ll be racing as an official Hyundai Motorsport driver, will see Kevin miss the next stage of TCR Italy scheduled at Imola on May 7-8. The ambition of winning the national championship is however unchanged, considering the possibility of discarding the two worst results of the season, as allowed by the regulations. Ceccon will be back on the grid of TCR Italy for the third round on the calendar, scheduled for June 4-5 in Misano.
“We’ve had an excellent start to the season and on many different aspects. The results of this weekend demonstrate our competitiveness with the new Hyundai Elantra N, a car that we’re still getting to know in detail but certainly with great potential, which will allow us to fight for the top positions in every weekend. In addition, we’ve already conquered a good amount of points. We’ll try to make some progress with the flying laps so that we can start higher on the grid, even if in Friday’s Qualifying the gaps from the cars in front of us were really short, proving the very high level of the championship. I must say that I had a lot of fun with the fights I’ve been involved in both Race 1 and Race 2, celebrating a double podium together with Aggressive Team Italia. I won’t be on the grid in the next round at Imola because I will be racing with Hyundai in the FIA ETCR at Pau, but I will be back at Misano even more determined to get my first win of the season in TCR Italy “.