Jaap van Lagen will remain part of the LADA Sport Rosneft team’s driver line-up for next month’s FIA World Touring Car Championship round in Moscow, following a successful comeback event for the team at the Nürburgring Nordschleife.
The Dutch racer was called into the team as a replacement for James Thompson, who was reportedly sidelined from competing at the German circuit – as well as the preceding races in Hungary – after suffering complications from emergency dental surgery.
Despite not having raced in the WTCC for six years and after suffering a range of problems which limited his on-track running, the 38-year-old acquitted himself well at the Nordschleife.
He was involved in an intense battle with the ‘Queen of the Ring’, Sabine Schmitz, for the final points position in the opening race (he ultimately finished in her wheeltracks, out of the points), before bouncing back to finish in tenth in Race 2.
The team has not officially confirmed whether it will remain with just two cars in its line-up for its home event as it continues to repair its third car.
Former WTCC champion Rob Huff will definitely be piloting one of the team’s Vesta racers, while the fate of third driver Mikhail Kozlovskiy remains unknown. The Russian youngster was forced to relinquish his car to Huff ahead of the Nürburgring round, as Huff’s own car was heavily damaged when the Englishman suffered a high-speed testing accident after the preceding round at the Hungaroring.
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