Defending Argentinian Super TC 2000 champion Néstor Girolami is understood to be having a test outing for the Polestar Cyan Racing team at the Termas de Río Hondo circuit after this weekend’s Argentinean round of the World Touring Car Championship.
Girolami has previous WTCC mileage, standing in for the unwell Rickard Rydell in the NIKA Racing Honda Civic at the Slovakia (pictured below) and Portuguese rounds of the 2015 season.
Series organisers have been keen to find an Argentinian heir in the wake of reigning champion José María López’s impending departure to the FIA Formula E Championship, and that avenue could come from the factory Volvo squad, which is looking to expand to a three-car operation in 2017.
“I don’t know how many chances I have to race in WTCC, but my desire is real,” said Girolami, when asked about a return to the WTCC at a press conference for the preceding round of the Super TC 2000 championship in Buenos Aires.
“If I have the chance to test for Volvo, it will be great. I’m in touch with people from the series, but nothing is sure at the moment.”
WTCC promoter François Ribeiro all but confirmed the speculation when he announced ahead of this weekend’s event that “an Argentinian driver” will be testing for Volvo.
“You can count on me to do everything I can to keep Argentina on the calendar and keep also Argentinian drivers in the championship,” said Ribeiro. “Immediately after this race Volvo stays in Termas to test an Argentinian driver. Come to Termas on Saturday and Sunday and you will see him.”
Girolami subsequently posted on his social media channels that he was in Termas de Río Hondo.
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