Dušan Borković will race in the top-tier TC1 class in his debut season of racing in the FIA World Touring Car Championship.
The Serbian has successfully negotiated the purchase of a new-specification Chevrolet Cruze, the fourth up to six to be built by the RML group as the championship ushers in a new era of technical regulations.
Borković was originally going to enter next year’s championship in a Super 2000-specification SEAT León WTCC, which would compete in the second-tier TC2 class for older-specification vehicles.
But Borković has instead elected to sink his funds into a top-category car, which will be run by Campos Racing, which is also fielding a Chevrolet Cruze for France’s Hugo Valente.
“[The] plan for the coming year was to compete in the Yokohama Independents’ Trophy class [TC2],” Borković said.
“Recently, however, the offer came from Eurosport and the Campos (Racing) team, where I got the chance to perform with the strongest names of motor sports. Given that I needed to quickly respond to the offer, I didn’t have to think too much and I agreed to be part of the WTCC’s elite class.”
However, Borković will need to raise further funds if he is to see out his hopes of competing for a full season, due to the increased set-up cost of entering with one of the new Chevrolets.
“This was an opportunity of a lifetime. It’s now or never, although at this point we have no funds provided for the entire racing season,” he added.
Borković is one of four drivers to-date to have confirmed they will race the RML-built Chevrolet next season. ROAL Motorsport has confirmed it will field a pair of Cruzes for Tom Chilton and Tom Coronel.