Maiden victory in the TCR Italy for Kevin Ceccon in Vallelunga
Kevin Ceccon celebrates his first victory in TCR Italy taken in Vallelunga, the third round of the 2021 season. At the wheel of the Hyundai i30 N TCR of the Aggressive Team Italia, in race 2 the Clusone-born driver achieved a significant success first and foremost on a personal level , considering the injury to his left arm suffered on March 27 during a cycling training. Exactly three months later, on Sunday 27 June, Kevin managed to get on the top step of the podium. And he did it using the same helmet used in the 2018 season in his debut in the Italian series in Vallelunga, a replica of the one used by his father Iwan, a former motocross and kart driver.
Third on the grid, after a previous overtake, Ceccon found himself in the lead of race 2 about seven and a half minutes from the end, but a few moments later the safety car intervened to exit the gravel of an opponent’s car. The restart took place with two laps left to go, in which Kevin kept a cool head by controlling the situation until the finish line, in a race that was also demanding in terms of tire management, due to the strong heat present.
Thanks to this triumph Ceccon therefore becomes increasingly involved in the fight for the Italian title, occupying the third position overall with 192 points: the top of the standings is now only ten points away.
The weekend at the “Piero Taruffi” racetrack also brought significant points in race 1, with a good fourth position achieved in the final stages. Ceccon’s potential had already emerged during Saturday’s qualifying, with provisional pole position held for a long part of the session. The traffic encountered on the track had not allowed the limit to be lowered further, but the weekend ended in the best possible way.
The next round in the TCR Italy calendar is scheduled in Imola over the weekend of 23-25 July, with Ceccon ready to continue his journey at the top of the national tourism series.
“This victory represents a concentration of emotions, for many reasons: it is my first personal in TCR Italy, a hard-fought championship, the first after the injury last March and these weeks of recovery, and I got it with a helmet replica of my father’s. In race 2 we started among the first and we knew we had to try to take this success. Already from race 1 we had seen that tires management was a fundamental variable, so when I passed second I told myself to wait, to understand how the race would evolve. I took the lead in a way that I did not expect, but our pace was good and we managed to win. This also confirms the excellent work done together with the team, we are on the right way evolving. Now we must continue on this path in the next round in Imola”.