Nestor Girolami joins Kumho TCR World Tour grid

Argentinian ace Nestor Girolami will contest the opening four rounds of the Kumho TCR World Tour in Europe driving the new Honda Civic Type R FL5 TCR run by Estonian squad ALM Motorsport.

A triple race winner in Supercheap Auto TCR Australia, Girolami at this stage will contest the European rounds of the inaugural season, with his continuation through to South America, Australia and Macau yet to be determined.

The 33-year-old finished runner up in the FIA WTCR last year and has led the development of the latest model Honda Civic Type R FL5 TCR for JAS Motorsport, which has labelled Girolami its ‘Official Race Driver’.

“I’m extremely proud to continue my journey with Honda and confirm this programme in the TCR World Tour,” said Girolami.

“I am very grateful to JAS Motorsport for the opportunity to represent them and to develop and race the new Honda Civic Type R TCR in a brand-new programme.

“We’ve made some improvements over the old car and I’m sure we can be extremely competitive. With the expertise of ALM Motorsport and technical support from JAS, I think this we can achieve some very good results in the TCR World Tour.”

JAS Motorsport’s TCR project leader Mads Fischer was pleased to have Girolami continue to represent the Italian organisation at touring car racing’s highest level.

“We are delighted to sign Nestor Girolami as an official race driver for JAS Motorsport,” said Fischer.

“Over the past few years he has made an enormous contribution to the success of the Honda Civic Type R TCR on-track, has been vital in the early testing phase of the all-new car that will debut this year and has helped support our customer racing teams on track.

“It is also exciting to confirm that the new FL5 Civic Type R TCR will be a part of the new TCR World Tour and that ALM Motorsport will be the driving force behind the European events Nestor contests. ALM have been extremely loyal partners of JAS since 2018, won a major title in their first year as a Honda team and been very important in providing an environment for some of our Development Drivers to grow and thrive.”

The opening round of the Kumho TCR World Tour will take place at Portimao on 28-30 April together with TCR Europe where Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series driver Ben Bargwanna will make his overseas debut.