Romeo Ferraris has announced Maxime Martin as its first confirmed driver for the 2022 season of the FIA ETCR eTouring Car World Cup in what will be the Belgian driver’s first foray into electric racing.
36 year-old Martin is an established GT specialist, having made his racing debut in 2009 and participating in numerous international series and an official driver for prestigious brands, both in Europe and the United States.
“Welcoming a driver of the calibre of Maxime to our line-up is a great source of pride for Romeo Ferraris, and confirms the excellent work done since the birth of the Giulia ETCR project,” said Romeo Ferraris Team Principal, Michela Cerruti.
“Maxime will be making his debut in electric car competitions but has a long career with high-performance cars such as GT3 and DTM, and above all, he knows what it means to be an official driver for a car manufacturer. This aspect has given him a mentality that I am sure will help us to progress even faster”.
In addition to his participation in the Blancpain GT Series and various editions of the 24 Hours of the Nurburgring, Maxime’s curriculum features the GTE-Pro class victory at the 2020 24 Hours of Le Mans, when he was also a class runner-up in the WEC, as well as a win in Spa 24 Hours in 2016. For four years, between 2014 and 2017, Martin was also at the start of the DTM championship, clinching three wins and another seven podium finishes, confirming his great ability to adapt to different types of cars.
“I am thrilled to be able to debut in a cutting-edge championship like the FIA ETCR and to be able to measure myself for the first time at the wheel of an electric racing car like the Giulia ETCR of Romeo Ferraris, which in 2021 has already shown great potential,” said Martin.
“I have many years of experience with tin-top cars, and touring car races for me are almost a return to the past, but obviously, now there is the curiosity and enthusiasm provided by a new technical challenge. I’m eager to contribute to the team to grow together and obtain great results, knowing I’ll be working with a group of very capable people”.