Kevin Ceccon ready for his FIA ETCR debut with Hyundai Motorsport
Kevin Ceccon is on the eve of his debut in the FIA ETCR, a new challenge for his career. On the weekend of May 7-8 the Bergamo driver will race for the first time in the Touring Championship for fully electric cars, taking part in it as an official Hyundai Motorsport driver. Ceccon’s journey begins at the inaugural event of the 2022 season which will be held on the French city track of Pau, continuing then for the folowing rounds at Istanbul, on May 21-22, and Budapest, on June 11-12.
For Kevin this is the first racing experience with electric racing cars, bringing further variety to his curriculum, which however includes already significant results in Touring racing in the FIA WTCR World Championship, including a victory, a pole-position and six other podiums, and TCR Italy, in which he’s the 2021 vice-champion and aims for the 2022 title, in parallel with his commitment to the FIA ETCR.
Ceccon will be driving the Hyundai Veloster N ETCR fielded by the Hyundai Motorsport N team, capable of delivering a maximum power of 500 kW (670 hp) through four electric engines connected to the rear wheels. The FIA ETCR is also characterized by a unique event format, with short and really adrenaline-pumping heats, in which drivers can take advantage of the maximum performance of their cars, regardless of energy consumption.
The Free Practice session will take place at Pau on Friday, while Qualifying on Saturday morning will to establish the starting positions for the Quarter Finals. The Semifinals and the DHL Super Final will follow on Sunday to determine the winner, named “King of the Weekend”, who will be the driver to have obtained the most points at stake in the various stages of the weekend.
“I approach this weekend with a certain trepidation, as is inevitable when facing a new championship, especially as particular as the FIA ETCR, but also a city track like Pau, on which I’ve never competed. I’ll be racing for the first time with an electric car, I know I have to hone a lot of details and still learn a lot, but I want to be competitive straight away and bring to the Hyundai Motorsport N team as many points as possible in the three rounds that I’ll be racing behind the wheel of the Veloster N ETCR. I’m also curious to discover the format of the weekend, already very exciting as a spectator, and undoubtedly even more exciting now that I‘ll be a protagonist”.