Rickard Rydell will make a return to the World Touring Car Championship

It was only yesterday that we reported the great news that Honda would make its return to the World Touring Car Championship action, but today sees more news that another old face will return to competition: former WTCC race-winner Rickard Rydell.

With backing from Chevrolet Sweden, Rydell has announced his intention to compete in the opening rounds of this year’s World Touring Car Championship – in conjunction with his usual duties in the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship – in one of the team’s new Chevrolet Cruzes.

Chevrolet Team Sweden has recently acquired a pair of Cruzes that the works RML team ran in last year’s WTCC season; two of the very same cars that took the team to a 1-2-3 in the Drivers’ Championship race and a crushing victory in the Manufacturers’ Championship.

The team will enter both of its cars in the World Touring Car Championship rounds it enters, although it is yet to finalise a contract with its second driver.

Rickard Rydell“We are hoping to do the opening rounds of the WTCC alongside our STCC program,” Rydell told Sweden’s Bilsport gala.

The Swede is a former British Touring Car Champion, and contested the World Touring Car Championship for SEAT and Chevrolet between 2005-9, winning five races and cementing his reputation as a tough and uncompromising racer.

Last year, he returned to racing after a year’s sabbatical controversially won the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship title, despite claims from rival outfit Volkswagen (VW) Team Biogas that he illegally overtook a competitor under yellow flags at the season finale.

[Images via FIA WTCC Media and RaceMag]

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