After a partial rookie season with KMW Motorsports and TMR Engineering in the Alfa Romeo, 20-year-old Alexandre Papadopulos is joining Forty7 Motorsport’s new TCR program.
Driving the #47 Hyundai Veloster TCR in the 2020 season of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge, Papadopulos will join the program’s effort to duplicate the success achieved by Forty7 Motorsport’s LMP3 team.
With support from Bryan Herta Autosport, it seems promising that Forty7 Motorsports will make a strong run at the championship, which will expand the teams’ operations.
Papadopulos tested the Hyundai for the first time at the Roar in early January of 2020. He quickly became acclimated to the car and team personnel. In the #47 Forty7 Motorsports Hyundai, Papadopulos will be paired with Dario Cangialosi, an open wheel racing veteran and championship-winning driver. The #47 car will be one of two Hyundais Forty7 Motorsports will campaign in the series.
Papadopulos’ takeaway from last season: “Although it wasn’t the results a racer hopes for, I don’t think there could be a better season from a learning perspective as the one I went through last year. I proved I could hang with the top runners and knowing that, I believe we have a good chance at doing really well with the support we have. I hope to use the experience from last season to give perspective and value to this new program and help the team in any way I can outside of performing to the best of my abilities on the racetrack.”
Papadopulos maintains a positive and confident attitude, but feels a sense of urgency and pressure to perform this season. Due to his extreme ambition, competitive mentality, and desire to contribute to the betterment of his team, he is always finding ways to improve himself. He stated that there is no ceiling to what the team is capable of, and the end goal is nothing short of a championship.
Aside from championship-winning aspirations, Papadopulos hopes to absorb as much information as possible during, what might be, his final season in TCR. He has expressed that after this season, he is ready to pursue a new venture and openly shows interest in an LMP3 program.
Papadopulos had a brief, yet successful run in the 2018 Blue Marble Radical Cup North America, proving his ability to perform in a lightweight, high downforce machine. He looks to build on that success in LMP3.
According to Papadopulos, he is interested in remaining in the Michelin Pilot Challenge series next season, but desires to take the next step into the GS category.
As he continues to progress and make a name for himself, Papadopulos is determined to climb the ladder in, what appears to be, the beginning of a long and successful career in Motorsports.