This was the first outing for the Italian driver at the wheel of a TCR car, and also the first proper test for the Civic TCR after a brief shakedown in Italy last week.
James Rogers, the team manager of West Coast Racing – the team that will run three Civic cars in the TCR International Series – commented: “We are delighted that Gianni accepted our invitation to test the car, as we believe that he will be able to offer an invaluable contribution in setting up the car thanks to his vast experience in Touring Car racing. We are also very grateful to JAS for the effort they have put into building three cars in such a short time, so that they will be ready to be sent to Malaysia for the inaugural event.”
Spain’s Jordi Oriola has confirmed his 2015 racing programme will include two ‘wild card’ appearances in the TCR International Series.
Pepe Oriola’s younger brother will drive for Team Target Competition in all seven rounds of the SEAT León Eurocup and has secured an entry for the TCR International Series at his ‘home’ race in Valencia on May 3rd and another at Monza in Italy three weeks later.
Jordi commented: “I am very happy to contest these two rounds of the TCR International Series because I aspire to be in this championship in 2016. It is on another level for me, as I will be going up against some of the best Touring Car drivers in the world, so I will have a good initial contact with the series in Valencia and Monza. A very full season is ahead of me and I want to make the most of it.”