RC enters third Lada for WTCC races in China and Japan
|By Jack Cozens||Friday, August 11th 2017, 07:42 GMT|
The third ex-factory Lada Vesta World Touring Car will make further appearances in the championship at the Chinese and Japanese rounds in October.
French squad RC Motorsport acquired the three cars ahead of the 2017 season following Lada's decision to withdraw from the WTCC in late 2016.
RC registered two Vestas for the full season, with Yann Ehrlacher contesting every event for the squad and Kevin Gleason joining for the second round at Monza.
The third car does not have the same entry status, but was previously raced in Vila Real by Portuguese driver Manuel Fernandes and will be driven in China and Japan by Macanese Filipe de Souza.
De Souza has previous experience in the WTCC, having contested several Asian rounds in the championship's Super 2000 era between 2011 and 2014.
He made a total of 20 starts and scored a best finish of 13th in Macau.
"In my racing career I always like challenges and higher-level competition," said de Souza, who has competed sporadically in the TCR International and regional Asia series since his WTCC efforts.
"This is my aim and I've always believed by path belongs to the WTCC and to be part of the WTCC family.
"I'm racing for my dreams and for my country."
Although he competed in the WTCC in the first year of the TC1 era, the China weekend will be de Souza's first in current-spec machinery as his 2014 starts were all in a BMW 320 TC in the TC2 division for S2000 cars that were being phased out.
RC is also expected to field the third Vesta for November's Macau round, but is yet to announce a driver.