Aurelien Panis suddenly announced the transition from racing open-wheel to Touring.
The son of former Formula 1 driver, winner of the Grand Prix of Monaco, 1996 Olivier Panis, last year competed in Formula V8 3.5, where he won two victories and finished fifth in the championship. But in 2017, the young Frenchman will defend the colors of Zengo Motorsport in the WTCC.
“This is a very strong international League and a big step in my career, – quotes AUTOSPORT Panis. – There are a lot of experienced and successful racers, so I was looking forward to an interesting and difficult challenge.
I am proud that I will perform for such a great team as Zengo Motorsport, which had won races in previous seasons. For me it is a great honour to be part of the Honda Racing family.
In the upcoming season for me will be all new. So the goal is to learn and gain experience as quick as possible to in the short term to compete for the highest positions”.
Panis will be performing at the Honda Civic specifications 2017.
“We are very pleased to confirm that Aurelien goes to our team for the season 2017, said the Director and owner Zoltan Zengo Motorsport, Zengo. – To invite the driver from Hungary – something new for us, but at the same time it’s interesting.
In the face of Aurélien, we got a rider with great potential and has achieved success in formula series.
For him, everything will be new, but we know that the new approach will go for the team.
We are confident that the transition of Aurelien in WTCC will be successful and look forward to working with him.”
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