Argentina’s Camilo Echevarría will make is WTCC debut this weekend at Termas de Río Hondo.
The 23-year old from Neuquén will replace Pasquale Di Sabatino at the wheel of a BMW 320 TC run by the Liqui Moly Team Engstler in the TC2T class.
Following a successful career in karting and a couple of promising seasons in single-seater series, Echevarría switched to Touring Cars and soon emerged as one of the top drivers in the Argentine Turismo Carretera.
Having won last Sunday’s race at Alta Gracia, he is currently second in the Turismo Carretera Pista.
“I am very happy for the opportunity to join the WTCC races in my home country. I am extremely motivated after Sunday’s victory and I wish to pass the WTCC examen well, without making mistakes. It will take me some time to get used to the car, but it will help that the BMW is a rear-wheel driven car, as I have more experience with this kind of traction. I’m very much looking forward to meet the team and start practising,” the young Argentine said.
The containers with the WTCC cars and parts have arrived yesterday at the Autódromo Termas de Río Hondo, where the 15th and 16th rounds of the 2014 FIA WTCC will take place on Sunday.
The long voyage from Europe to Argentina had begun on July 5 from the Antwerp harbour, where the twenty-nine 40-feet container were loaded on the 120,000-ton Hamburg Süd Liner’s cargo ship ‘Cap San Rafael’.
The vessel arrived last Thursday in Buenos Aires, from where a convoy of trucks set out on the 1150 km journey along the RN34 to the thermal city situated in the province of Santiago del Estero.
Rob Huff made the most of his guest appearance in the HSCC Super Touring Championship after taking a stunning victory in Sunday’s race.
Developed with Prodrive with a reputed budget of £12million, the last car to win a Super Touring British Touring Car Championship was the V6 Ford Mondeo in 2000, which was piloted by the 2012 FIA World Touring Car Champion at the annual three-day Silverstone Classic.
Opening his weekend with a class victory in the Chopard International Trophy for Pre ’66 GT behind the wheel of an Austin Healey 3000 alongside David Grace, Huff would partner long-term friend and teammate, Richard Meins, in the HSCC Super Touring Championship.
Huff made a brilliant start in the iconic blue and yellow Ford Mondeo, storming around the outside of the field and finding himself in second place by the close of the opening tour of the Grand Prix circuit.
The LADA Sport LUKOIL WTCC driver had to wait until the second lap before making a pass on the Honda Civic of championship and race leader, James Dodd, at the Maggots and Beckets complex. The two remained nose-to-tail for the 10-lap race and, although the Honda of Dodd was unable to pass Huff’s Ford, a narrow seven tenths of a second separated the pair as they crossed the finish line.
“I’m very happy with that,” said Huff. “Everyone was asleep on the start so I just jumped around the outside of everyone, went side-by-side with Cleland and then saw a red car spinning in my mirrors. James Dodd is definitely quick, though, and the slipstreaming was great. We don’t get that in the WTCC anymore because the cars are too fast, but Dodd was closing on me on every straight.”