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TCR Italy set for bigger grid in 2017

The second season of TCR Italy is set to be bigger and better than last year with higher competition between the drivers than in 2016.

Last year very experienced touring car racer Roberto Colciago took eight victories on the way to the title in his Honda Civic, his only real challenge coming from Alberto Vilberti’s SEAT Leon.

For 2017 the organisers are confident that the grid will expand significantly, with the TCS field for more production based cars running standalone, opposed to running with the TCR cars as they did in 2016.

With the season due to start at Adria Raceway on May 7th there are already some high profile entries with Nicola Baldan driving a SEAT Leon for Pit Lane Competizioni with direct support from SEAT Motorsport Italia.

Eric Scalvini has been confirmed in one of MM Motorsport’s two Honda Civics which will also be representing JAS Motorsport, the experienced touring car squad the builders of the Civic TCR as well as being the works team for Honda in the WTCC.

Youngster Nicholas Zin will step up from karting into a SEAT Leon run by BF Motorsport and whilst Colciago and Vilberti are yet to confirm their plans for the coming season it is hoped both will come back to resume what should be a much tighter battle for the title.

James Bourke

TCR correspondent

Photo:TCR Italy/ACI Sport

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