Marco Butti takes GOAT Racing seat

Italian teenager Marco Butti will compete in the TCR World Tour this season after being named as the first driver with the new GOAT Racing team.

The 18-year-old will race one of two Honda Civic Type R TCRs being entered by the Spanish team in the series, which is set to run across seven events on five continents.

Butti made his TCR debut aged just 16, and has since gone on to race in TCR Europe and TCR Italy – taking fourth in the latter with three wins last season.

Two TCR World Tour appearances resulted in top ten finishes in both Italy and at Macau.

“I am very excited to join GOAT Racing and to compete in the TCR World Tour full-time,” he said. “The test in the Honda went very well and I think we can achieve some good results, despite the extremely high level of competition in the World Tour.

“I would like to thank my father, the Fernandez family and Pepe Oriola for this opportunity plus Mads Fischer and JAS Motorsport for believing in my abilities. I can’t wait for the first race of this new challenge.”

Team manager Pepe Oriola was quick to welcome the youngster into the line-up.

“We’re very happy to have Marco on board for this new project,” he said. “We were very impressed with the maturity and speed he showed during his first test and believe we can really grow together and show the world what we’re capable of.

“Marco is young, but he already has a good amount of experience in TCR. With the potential he’s shown so far plus the tools we can give him, we are confident he is ready to deliver on the world stage.”