Alex Fontana heads for Korea

04/09/2018

A new adventure for the Swiss driver who will make his debut in the CJ Superace Championship

Alex Fontana wastes no time. During the summer break that saw him dividing his time between his beloved Switzerland and his second home in Greece, his mother’s homeland, of which he proudly carries both flags on his helmet, Alex Fontana has reached an agreement to take part in a new adventure. The Blancpain GT Series, the Chinese Touring Car Championship and European Le Mans Series are not the only racing categories in which the 26-year-old Swiss driver will be seen in 2018. On the 9th of September, in fact, Alex will be competing in the CJ Superace Championship, the Korean series that is staged throughout the country.

Launched in 2007, over the course of the years the regulations of the championship have been modified and it was recognised as a FIA International Series in 2016, while remaining one of the points of reference for covered-wheel production car based racing in Korea. The next race will be the sixth round in the championship and will see Fontana making his debut at the Korea International Circuit at Yeongam, which also hosted a Formula 1 GP from 2010 to 2013.

As a KIA Motors works driver, having debuted the K3 and driven it to success in the CTCC, Alex came to the notice of the organizers and the teams competing in the local series and he has been called to take part in the Cadillac 6000, one of the four classes making up the championship. This is the only series for stock cars in Asia and reprises the concept of the Brazilian series, developed and brought closer to DTM, the leading European touring car championship. Alex will be racing with Team Hooks, founded in 2017.

Alex Fontana
“I’m delighted to have received this call during the summer. I’ve tried to prepare as much as I can, as obviously I’m not familiar with either the circuit or the car. I’ve worked hard on my simulator and have trained hard, not so much to cope with the driving, even though these are cars with 430 hp and weighing 1170 kg, but rather because of the heat and humidity I expect to find. This will be an advantage for the local drivers, who are instead accustomed to these conditions, but certainly the experience in China with KIA Motors will help me in this respect. I’m looking forward to meeting the team and getting to grips with what looks to be a fascinating category.”

 

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