Morbidelli swaps Formula 1 for BTCC

Grand Prix star Gianni Morbidelli is to contest next year's Auto Trader RAC Touring Car Championship. The recruitment by Volvo of the 29-year- old Italian as team-mate to Rickard Rydell was announced today (Weds) at the Bologna Motorshow.

Morbidelli's arrival confirms the BTCC as the home-from-home for Grand Prix stars: former Lotus and Arrows F1 driver Derek Warwick will contest the '98 Auto Trader Championship with Vauxhall, while recent seasons have seen ex-F1 men Gabriele Tarquini and Jo Winkelhock competing in the BTCC top line.

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