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Lada Sport team won for the first time at the World Touring Championships in Beijing
The sporty Lada Granta driven by Rob Huff came first in the ninth round of the WTCC World Touring Championship in Beijing. This is the first victory in the history of the Russian Lada Sport team, the press service of the Russian Technologies State Corporation reported.
“I am in seventh heaven and overwhelmed with emotions,” said Rob Huff. - This victory once again confirms the fact that if you work hard you can achieve anything! At the last stage in Argentina we were already on the podium, in second place, and now - the top step. The team has done some crazy work throughout the season and the car is in great shape now. We have tasted the taste of victory, and I think it's time for everyone to get used to seeing Lada on the podium! "
After the ninth stage Rob Huff takes the tenth place in the overall standings of the pilots (66 points), James Thompson - the fourteenth (19 points), Michael Kozlovsky - the sixteenth (11 points). In the team competition, Lada 305 points. The next stage of WTCC will be held 11-12 October in Shanghai.
"I proudly wear Lada Sport's branded jersey, conducting presentations of new Lada - so I show that I believe in our team. But today there is little faith in victory. As an athlete is chasing the best time of the circle, so we are trying to give the client a new quality. In just eight months we have implemented more 900 constructive and technological improvements, as a result, the quality of Lada grew by 30%. And this is also a victory! "- said the president of AVTOVAZ Bu Andersson.
Team Lada Sport participates in WTCC from 2009 year. At first she acted as a factory team on the Lada 110 and Lada Priora cars. After a two-year break, the team returned to the World Tour in 2012, having conducted two test races on the new model Lada Granta WTCC in preparation for full participation in the 2013 season. In 2013-2014, the pilots were WTCC 2012 champion Rob Huff, two-time British Touring champion James Thompson and the champion of the Russian Touring Championship in the "Touring Light" class, Mikhail Kozlovsky. Racers perform on specially prepared cars Lada Granta TC1. The best result of the team in 2014 year is Rob Huff's first place in the ninth stage in China. Since 2015 in the WTCC will act as a joint team of Lada Sport ROSNEFT.