Lorenzo, the latest convert from MotoGP to cars with the headquarters of Porsche Italy

Three-time MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo will embark on a campaign in the Porsche Carrera Cup Italy in 2022, signaling a full-time move to four-wheel competition.

Yamaha legend Lorenzo, who retired from MotoGP at the end of 2019 after a single unsuccessful and injury-ravaged season at Honda, will race for the Q8 Hi Perform team – run by the Team Ghinzani Arco outfit founded by former F1 driver Piercarlo Ghinzani.

“An exciting new stage in my life is beginning,” Lorenzo wrote on social media. “I would like to thank the Q8 Hi Perform team for welcoming me and choosing me as the official driver of the Porsche Carrera Cup Italy.

“We are a strong, united and ambitious team and I can’t wait to get involved and prove that I can be competitive on four wheels too.”

Lorenzo is effectively following in the footsteps of former arch-rival Valentino Rossi, who has moved into GT racing full-time this season.

Like Rossi, Lorenzo dabbled in four-wheel racing during his MotoGP career, with outings at the 24 Hours of Barcelona (where he was a class winner) and the 12 Hours of the Gulf in Abu Dhabi. He also tested a first generation GP2 car in 2012 and a Mercedes F1 car in 2016.

The single-brand Porsche Carrera Cup Italy has been part of the manufacturer’s impressive regional championship stable since 2007. Its champions include drivers such as Matteo Cairoli and Alessio Rovera, who have used it as a springboard for their current GT races in World Endurance Championship. .

Alberto Cerqui, a former World Touring Car Championship driver, was his champion last year, driving for the same Q8 Hi Perform team that Lorenzo will represent.

Lorenzo contested the Esports offshoot of the Championship during the offseason on Assetto Corsa.

The actual series season will begin in early May at Imola, with five more rounds to follow at various major Italian venues including MotoGP stalwarts Misano and Mugello and the F1 Italian Grand Prix venue at Monza.

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