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Michela Cerruti to drive updated Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR in Dubai

Michela Cerruti will be back behind the wheel of the Romeo Ferraris-built Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR at the TCR Middle East season opener at Dubai, after medical issues forced her out of racing for the last six months.

The car has been further developed compared to the model last seen at Macau in the final round of the TCR International Series, as Romeo Ferraris’ team manager Claudio Bortoletto explains: “There were many things that were possible to develop, in the chassis, suspension, electronics and so on. We tested the updated car at Vallelunga before Christmas and were very happy with the lap times.”

As Andrea Belicchi had said to TouringCarTimes after Macau, the original engine of the Giulietta will be replaced by the 2.0 turbocharged engine featured on the Alfa Romeo Giulia: “We need to replace the 1.7-litre engine with the new 2-litre from the Giulia, and we expect to do it by March.”

The Giulietta TCR’s best result to date is a sixth place in Sochi, with Petr Fulín behind the wheel.