The team started the championship at Curitiba with the same older-spec Chevrolet Lacettis it used to compete in its maiden WTCC season last year.
The new cars will provide a welcome boost for drivers Darryl O’Young and Yukinori Taniguchi, who will now get to sample the same 1.6-litre turbo power that saw the factory RML Chevrolet outfit be so competitive in the opening round of the season.
“We are very pleased, as now we can look forward to regaining our competitiveness,” said Bamboo’s team principal, Richard Coleman.
“We appreciate the huge effort that RML and Chevrolet have made to get these cars ready for this weekend. The shakedown went well and the cars are now ready to go. Darryl and Yuke will get their first run in the cars in Friday’s test and I’m sure they will adapt very well and quickly get up to speed.”
“I’m really excited about getting the Cruze, I’m sure we can now push forward and make a strong challenge for the Yokohama Trophy,” added O’Young.
Taniguchi concurred: “I learned a great deal last year and with the Cruze I’m looking forward to some more wins in the [Independents’] trophy.”
[Original image via FIA WTCC official site]