Kevin Ceccon completed a bitter and sweet week-end in Imola, for the fourth TCR Italy round of the 2021 season. The Bergamo-based driver, at the wheels of the Hyundai i30 from Aggressive Team Italia, started the week-end on a high note in qualifying by setting the second fastest lap time, although the 20kg of ballast, which impeded him to battle for the pole position. In Race-1 he avoids any contact and became leader when the first driver on track had a puncture. By that moment, Kevin managed his advantage on his opponents, scoring his second consecutive win of the season, gaining also the leadership in the drivers’ championship.
Starting from the fourth row due to the reverse grid, Ceccon gained position until the top-3 before a technical problem forced him to slow down and entering the pit-lane, causing also a collision. Despite the effort trying to fix it, Kevin came back on track, but there was no chance for him to continue the race, so he had to retire with a puncture to the right rear tyre.
Kevin Ceccon leaves Imola increasing his position in the championship, from third to second, with a total of 241 points. Next round of TCR Italy will be still in Imola on September 5/6.
“Of course I’m disappointed for the retirement in race-2, but we don’t have to forget the massive job done in race-1. Both me and the team managed in the best way our potential, especially because Imola on the paper would have been a very tricky circuit for our car. In two free practice sessions instead, we found a good set-up which paid off during the weekend. The level of the competition is growing up really fast, ad fighting with Mikel Azcona brought me back to 2019, when we’re both racing in the FIA WTCR. We still have in front of us a long summer, but next round of TCR Italy will still be in Imola and our opponents will come back even stronger, so we have to give it all to be back in the fight for the title until the end”.