Another international motorsport star will line up behind the starting gate for the inaugural PURE ETCR season this year. This is Stefano Coletti, who was confirmed as a Romeo Ferraris driver.
The 31-year-old Monegasque will race the impressive Alfa Romeo Giulia ETCR in the first world championship starting in June.
Romeo Ferraris, who has confirmed that he will participate in PURE ETCR as a full constructor, will give Coletti his first test in the Giulia ETCR at Autodromo Vallelunga.
Coletti got off to an impressive start to his motorsport career winning races regularly in Formula BMW, Formula Renault and the F3 Euro Series between 2005 and 2009, while also taking the podium at the prestigious Formula 3 Masters.
After four years in GP2, in which he was a featured driver and an eight-time race winner, Coletti graduated from IndyCar in 2015 claiming second place in the Rookie of the Year rankings and competing in the Indy 500.
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He continued his career momentum by switching to sports cars and finishing third in the 2016 Le Mans European Series, and last year he participated in several rounds of the International GT Open.
After his first test in the Giulia ETCR, Coletti will be key in the development program of Romeo Ferraris, before the inaugural event of the series in Vallelunga from June 18 to 20.
The Giulia ETCR is the third car to be equipped with the ETCR battery kit, joining the Hyundai Veloster N ETCR and the CUPRA e-Racer, both of which will be rival cars in PURE ETCR in 2021.
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Michela Cerruti, Romeo Ferraris Operations Manager, said: “We will be involved in PURE ETCR in 2021 as a full constructor, rather than in a customer racing position like in the past, and this entails greater responsibilities. The choice of drivers is never trivial and opting for Stefano is a very motivating move as we embark together on this new journey. He is a fast driver, very determined and still young in the world of tin-top car racing. This electric project is new for everybody and represents a great opportunity for all the players involved.”
Stefano Coletti, said: “I was very happy being called up for the season by Romeo Ferraris. The trust placed in me, despite having almost no experience with touring cars, makes me happy and gives me the motivation to do my best and repay the team for this opportunity.
“I thank Michela Cerruti and Mario Ferraris, because this kind of opportunity rarely comes in life. To be able to work closely with a constructor in the development of a new car is for sure a challenge, but we are not afraid and are actually boosted to go for great results. We are excited to take the track!” concluded.
Written by I Jhonattan González