After the amazing work done in 2014, where LADA Sport broke new ground by achieving its maiden FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) race wins in Beijing and Macau with Rob Huff, the Russian team is now fully focused on preparing the new LADA Vesta challenger for the forthcoming season.
LADA Sport, headed by Viktor Shapovalov, working on a new-for-2015 Vesta after its launch approximately six months ago and the team’s highly skilled engineers and mechanics continue to work relentlessly to ready the cars for the WTCC’s season-opener in Argentina (6-8 March).
Progress made with the LADA Granta in 2014 was the result of a huge collaborative effort by LADA Sport, ORECA and Hexathron Racing Systems, headed by Marco Calovolo, who remains one of the Russian outfit’s leading technicians and the race engineer for James Thompson.
As a result, LADA has extended its technical partnership with Hexathron Racing Systems, which began in 2009, to aid the development of the Vesta WTCC challenger.
“I’m really happy to continue our collaboration with LADA Sport and I want to thank Viktor (Shapovalov) and LADA Sport,” said Marco Calovolo, CEO of the Italian engineering company. “The team has increased its overall quality and performance since 2009, and a lot of hard work brought us wins in China and Macau last season. LADA Vesta WTCC is another step forward. Hexathron Racing Systems’ work is not only on the track with the team and its driver, James Thompson, Rob Huff, Mikhail Kozlovskiy, but it continues in our office where we study upgrades and new solutions for the racecars. One year ago, the target was to achieve LADA Sport’s first win and we got it. For 2015, we want to stay on top in every race and we have everything to be there.”
FIA World Touring Car Championship will kick off from Argentina in March, first of twelve rounds that will see LADA Sport and Hexathron Racing Systems involved around the world till the latest one, scheduled in November at Losail (Qatar).