LADA return for Portugal

James Thompson and the LADA Sport team rejoin the WTCC championship in Portugal, for their second and likely last appearance of the season.


At the wheel of his Granta Sport car, the English driver had already taken part in the WTCC Race of Hungary at Budapest, where he was stopped by mechanical failures in both races after setting encouraging lap times in the Saturday sessions.

LADA Sport plan for the current season was to make only two appearances in the world championship and focus on the technical development of the new car in view of joining for the whole season in 2013.

"Although racing is great for showcasing, it's not always the best for developing," said Thompson.

"At Budapest the Granta showed a lot of potential, but we just had a lot of new car maladies. We had the pace over one lap, which is all you can ask when you never turned a wheel!

"Our pace was somewhere around the top ten, and it was good.

"It will be interesting to see what happens at Portimão, we will treat it as two races and two test sessions, then it’s up to the team to decide whether we want to do a little more development and maybe race again or just keep on developing for the rest of the year."

The LADA Sport team will test tomorrow at Magny-Cours.

Sorry you didn't like this comment. Please provide a reason below.

Are you sure?
Rating failed. Try again.
Request failed. Try again.
We will promote constructive and witty comments to the top, so that everyone sees them!
Sorry, we can’t load comments right now. Try again.

    Win cash in one day fantasy football contests. Join now!

    Learn how to play

    Contest Entries Entry Fee Prizes Starts (EDT)
    Premier League Cup Round 3 [£1.5K Free] 29110/500000 Free £1500 Saturday 10:00 AM Enter
    Premier League £1,500 Saturday 29/335 £5 £1500 Saturday 10:00 AM Enter
    Premier League £500 Saturday 5/55 £10 £500 Saturday 10:00 AM Enter