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Five reasons why LADA can fly in the WTCC

Five reasons why LADA can fly in the WTCC

22/01/2016 12:00

LADA will be in the hunt for more FIA World Touring Car Championship glory in 2016. Here are five reasons why the Rosneft-backed squad can fly in the WTCC this year.

1: The drivers
While 2012 WTCC champion Rob Huff has left LADA bound for Honda, there are a number of similarly rapid drivers waiting to take his seat. The Russian squad is planning to announce its driver line-up soon so watch this space.

2: The car
Although the Vesta TC1 delivered pace and potential in 2015, the team needs more performance if it’s to fight for victory at every race. LADA has responded by introducing a raft of changes including suspension, chassis and steering component tweaks.

3: The engine
And that’s not all! The 380bhp motor powering the fleet of LADAs has undergone an evolution as well with changes to the engine management system.

4: The team
Meticulous preparation is key to success in motorsport and for the first time in its history, LADA Sport Rosneft has been able to focus on testing and development during the winter rather than building an all-new car.

5: The testing
Like its WTCC rivals, LADA Sport Rosneft has been busy during the off-season, testing at its technical base at Magny-Cours in France as well as at other circuits in Europe.

LADA is a double winner in the WTCC and appears to have all the ingredients necessary to enjoy more on-track success in 2016.

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