Dutch sports car specialist Nick Catsburg will make his FIA World Touring Car Championship debut at this weekend’s round at Moscow Raceway for the LADA Sport Rosneft team. He will replace Russian youngster Mikhail Kozlovskiy in a surprise driver change ahead of the marque’s home race.
The 27-year-old is the latest candidate to enter what has been something of a revolving door at the Russian factory team where two-thirds of its driver line-up has changed over the last four races; he will join full-time driver Rob Huff and fellow countryman Jaap van Lagen in his maiden appearance at the Russian circuit.
“I am really looking forward to this completely new challenge for me. The race will of course be difficult, but with the help of the team and my experienced teammates I am sure we can do well. The Moscow WTCC round is obviously an important one to LADA and our main sponsor Rosneft, it is a real pleasure to share this event with them. I have looked at several on-boards from the Moscow Raceway Circuit and it looks very technical, I can’t wait to get started,” he said.
Catsburg has spent the past few years carving out a career in GT racing, and he currently competes for Reiter Engineering in the Blancpain Sprint Series.
“The Lada Vesta WTCC car is something completely new to me. The first laps during the test in Magny-Cours [on Thursday] were a big surprise, this car really requires a specific driving style with all that power on the front-axle. Once I got some more laps in, I started to get used to the car and the driving style, and really started to enjoy driving this car. Braking and the car’s performance at high speed were very impressive,” he added.
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