The LADA Sport team has completed its final in-season test ahead of its second and final race appearance this year in the FIA World Touring Car Championship. The Russian carmaker is conducting an evaluation program ahead of what it hopes will be a full-time assault in the series in 2013.
Running a single-car entry with former series race-winner James Thompson behind the wheel of its new Granta Sport model last month, the team punched above its weight on debut at the Hungaroring, although it failed to finish both of the two races that weekend.
Nonetheless, the team returned to the Magny Cours circuit in France to perform more testing and refinements, leaving Thompson confident of a good showing at this weekend’s Race of Portugal at Portimão.
“I found the car much better then in Hungary, it was more balanced and more reliable,” the Englishman said.
“During our first race weekend in Hungary we collected a lot of information about the car and the improvements it needs. After when came back to our workshop in Magny-Cours we have worked on new suspension parts, fit a new and more powerful steering pump and made a full engine inspection,” added Lada Sport team manager, Max Maximenko.
“The team did a great job to improve the car through a number of small and big changes. We are very happy with the test results; the car looks very fast and reliable and now it’s much more drivable for James. It’s difficult to say how fast we can be compared to other competitors, but we hope for some good results.”