19 November 2016
The Lada Sport Rosneft team will withdraw from the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) at the end of the 2016 sports season. Alexander Bredikhin, head of the Marketing Department at AvtoVAZ, reported about it during the Russian Motorsport Forum at the Moscow Raceway.
The Lada team has been participating in the WTCC since 2009. First the driver lineup consisted of the Lada 110; then it was replaced with the Lada Priora and the Lada Granta. The Lada Vesta sedan was introduced in the 2015 season. The Lada racers came out on top four times: they gained two victories in 2014 and two more - this summer at the Russian round of the championship.
Instead of the WTCC, AvtoVAZ will pay more attention to the Russian competitions. Next year the Lada Vesta and Kalina will participate in the Russian Circuit Racing Series. Besides, the Lada Kalina will compete in the Russian Rally Championship.