Corsican driver John Filippi has confirmed he will be back on the WTCC grid in 2017. Filippi will enter his fourth season in the world championship, having run a TC2T spec Seat Leon in his rookie season in 2014. Title sponsorship will continue to come from car parts company Oscaro.
Filippi has been a rising star in the WTCC, having one of his best seasons to date last year. He equled his best finish of 8th in Hungary, coupled with a host of top 10 finishes. Reliability let the Frenchman down, as well as incidents dropping him down the field on multiple occasions. As a result he has been left with 18th in the championship for the last 3 seasons.
Details on the program are scarce, however it is assumed that he will return to Campos racing for his fourth consecutive season. If he does so, he will most likely be driving his TC1 Chevrolet Cruze. If this were to be true, it would confirm that four manufactures will contest the 2017 season. Filippe is now the sixth driver to confirm his participation in the WTCC this year. He joins Tom Chilton, Rob Huff, Tiago Monteiro, Norbert Michelisz and Ryo Michigami.