TCR: Alain Menu will drive Top Run's Subaru in Thailand and Macau
Touring cars racing legend Alain Menu will join the Italian Top Run Motorsport to race its new Subaru STi TCR car in the TCR International Series. Menu will participate in the two final events of the season at Buriram (Thailand) and Macau. Buriram is scheduled for October 25 and Macau will host TCR on November 22.
Top Run’s Subaru made its debut in the previous meeting in Singapore, with Italian driver Luca Rangoni at the wheel. Italians are building the second car and they have invited Menu to join them. Menu is a two-time BTCC champion (1997 and 2000) and is 2nd placed in the 2012 World Touring Car Championship. Last year, he drove for Team BMR in BTCC. This weekend, he will replace injured Team BMR’s boss Warren Scott at season’s finale at Brands Hatch.
“This will be one of the greatest challenges in my racing career, as in Thailand I will have to cope with a new team, a new car, a new championship and a new racetrack altogether. But I like challenges! Because Top Run is currently building a second car, I hope we will run a test before the event. In any case, we will treat Thailand as a shake down, an occasion for us to get to know each other and prepare for Macau. I love the place, it is one of the most exciting circuits in the world and I have always been fairly competitive there. Therefore I wish we’ll be in a position to do well,” Menu said.
Top Run team manager Renato Russo commented: “To have Alain driving for us is a unique opportunity. We couldn’t wish for a more experienced and faster driver to help us in the process of developing the Subaru TCR. For the whole team, this is a fantastic motivation to do our best and give him a competitive car.”