Giovanardi seals late Triple 8 deal

Fabrizio Giovanardi will race in the opening round of the British Touring Car Championship at Thruxton this weekend after signing a last-minute deal with Triple 8 Engineering

Giovanardi seals late Triple 8 deal

The 2007 and '08 champion had been left driveless after Vauxhall withdrew from the BTCC at the end of last year, but will now race a Vectra for Triple 8 alongside Phil Glew.

"I'm delighted to have Fabrizio back in the team," Triple 8 team principal Ian Harrison told AUTOSPORT. "He's an absolute class act, as we've found out over the last four years.

"He's had very little mileage, just three miles going up and down the runway at Turweston Aerodrome on Thursday, but I think he can probably remember which way Thruxton goes.

"We're coming at this weekend from the point of view that we haven't done much running."

Giovanardi, 43, has raced for Triple 8 since 2006 and won 22 races in that time, although this will be the first time his entry has not carried Vauxhall works status.

The deal is currently for Thruxton only, although Harrison hopes to extend it to include further rounds.

"It's a work in progress," he added.

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