Chevrolet might have announced the withdrawal of its factory-supported program in the World Touring Car Championship at the end of the season, but that won’t stop the carmaker from occupying up to a quarter of the grid in the final three flyaway races in the Far East.
It’s Swedish arm,
imaginatively named Chevrolet Motorsport Sweden, have announced that they intend to run up to two of their cars in the final rounds of this year’s championship at Suzuka, Shanghai and Macau.
The team had made a one-off appearance with former WTCC veteran Rickard Rydell behind the wheel for the opening championship round at Monza; the Swede finished fourth and tenth in the respective races before venturing north to compete in the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship, with CMS going on to win the teams’ championship title with one round to go. Rydell can still win the Drivers’ Championship title at the season finale at Stockholm in two weeks time,
Subject to how Rydell goes in the finale, one would imagine that he and his team-mate, former WTCC Independent Trophy racer Michel Nykjær, would be in the pound seats to drive in the final rounds of the WTCC. Nykjær himself raced last time out at Brazil as a stand-in for the unwell Bamboo Engineering racer Pasquale di Sabatino; despite being horribly jet-lagged, he went on to claim class honours in the opening race at Curitiba.
"We have one driver really close to signing up and we have one more car available (in which) maybe we’ll run Rickard or Michel.
"Of course the WTCC is the Championship that everybody would like to be involved in."
Prior to 2012, CMS has competed twice before in the WTCC, running a Chevrolet Cruze in 2010 in one-off appearances for Vincent Radermecker (pictured, above left) and Leonel Pernía in the rounds at Zolder and Brands Hatch.