Two-time Argentinian Super TC 2000 champion Néstor Girolami will return to the FIA World Touring Car Championship at the forthcoming Race of Japan round at Twin Ring Motegi.
Girolami’s previous WTCC experience came with two outings for the NIKA Racing squad last year in place of the unwell Rickard Rydell; his best finish was an eighth place.
Girolami will drive in place of Robert Dahlgren in the Polestar Cyan Racing squad, which has opted to allow the Swede to invest all of his efforts to clinch the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship, in which he drives for the Volvo-backed squad. The final two STCC rounds clash with the WTCC events in Japan and China.
Having supported Polestar Cyan Racing’s maiden WTCC campaign by testing its purposebuilt S60 TC1 car, Dahlgren was himself brought into its race squad just two rounds ago in Portugal at the expense of Fredrik Ekblöm.
His return to the WTCC coincided with the car’s least competitive showings, with he and teammate Thed Björk struggling for pace at both Vila Real and Termas de Río Hondo. With just two rolling chassis’ at its disposal and no spare car with which to go testing, the S60 has suffered from a complete lack of in-season development compared to its rivals.
Speculation that Girolami could join Polestar Cyan Racing gained momentum in the lead-up to the recent Race of Argentina, where the team all but confirmed that the local would have a test outing at the circuit in the following week.
While it is believed that Girolami’s outing is a one-off at this stage, the Argentine is hopeful of further hit-outs with the team over the remainder of the season should he perform strongly in Japan.
“It’s my objective to be part of the WTCC next year and I will fight for it,” he said of his latest opportunity.
“My goal for Japan is to take this one step further and above all demonstrate that I have the speed, engineering skills and racecraft to become a part of the team in the future.”
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