10 Σεπ 2008
Ladygin involves, van Lagen comments & Aleshin suggests
Third Lada 110 in the entry list
Fiawtcc.com confirmes that the Russian Bears Motorsport team will add a third LADA 110 car for the remaining four events of the season.
The third driver is Kirill Ladygin from Russia. Ladygin is LADA Motorsport's official tester and is currently working on the technical development of the WTCC version of the new Priora, that will be raced from 2009.
Jaap van Lagen comments
Additionally, Jaap van Lagen, in his interview to TouringCarTimes.com referred on the Lada team hard work during 2008:
"I think the season has been great so far! At the start of the season we were five seconds behind the top of the field, but now we are much closer. The main problem with the car is the top speed. We need more power to fight against the top teams. The team is working really hard and we have a good atmosphere. I do want to continue with the team and I hope that we get factory status for 2009!"
About the strong points of Lada 110, Jaap said:
"The chassis is very good. The balance is ok and so is the suspension. The car is also very light, so we can play a lot with the weight distribution. That is a big advantage. All in all it is an easy car to drive, we just need more power."
About the coming races:
"I think we can keep up the performance from Oschersleben at Imola. But Monza and Macau will be a different story as they have very long straights. Then we will most likely be at the back of the grid."
He also referred on his future participation in the Porsche Supercup and said that if he gets the chance again to drive for a top team in the Supercup, he will be on the grid.
Lada plant team in 2009 / WTCC event in Russia in 2010
WTCC organizers are interested in a futute WTCC event in Russia and Moscow, st Petersbourgh and Togliatti are the candidate cities. According to AvtoVAZ Press service, Boris Aleshin, president of AvtoVAZ Group, said:
"This year the LADA car as a private team made its debut in WTCC. Next year we are going to participate in the championship as representatives of the car plant. We are going to use LADA PRIORA cars in the championship and as well as other promising models in future. “AVTOVAZ”, in its turn, offered the WTCC organizers to hold WTCC in Tolyatti in 2010".
And a Lada WTCC video clip
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